Starefossen could very well be the closest named and natural waterfall to the charming and historic city center of Bergen.
You’d think that with such fortunate positioning that this waterfall ought to get more notoriety than it currently seemed to have.
In fact, I didn’t even know about this waterfall until I noticed it on one of the walking maps that we picked up at the top of Mt Fløyen, which was where you get that signature panorama and overlook of Bergen.
While it might have been a bit of a longer walk to reach Starefossen from Mt Fløyen, I ended up driving back up there on a quiet Sunday morning (though that was met with a bit of adventure since driving around Bergen was not easy).
In any case, as you can see from the photos on this page, the waterfall had a fairly short-lived flow, even though I had made my visit in late June on a Summer where Norway had a lot more rainy days than sunny ones.
The waterfall also sat in a sleepy suburb where apparently the more well-off Bergen residents tended to live.
So if you combine all these things, it becomes apparent why Starefossen lacked fanfare.
My Starefossen “Adventure”
My visit to Starefossen pretty much was all about trying to drive to its quiet suburbian residential streets (see directions below), and then trying to figure out where to park without violating some parking law.
It was almost as if I probably would have been better off extending my walk from the top of Mt Fløyen to this waterfall before returning back to the Bergen sentrum.
Once I managed to park and not get in the way of the bus or of residents, I then walked in front of some school on a path that led me towards the stream of Starefossen.
At that point, I scrambled onto the side of the stream banks to try to get a closer look.
I’m unaware of any sanctioned trail to get even closer to the waterfall, which I’m guessing might be 40-50m from what I could tell.
So I was pretty much content to just get my views of this light-flowing waterfall during my late June 2019 visit before heading out.
All told, this visit only took me around 15 minutes or so. However, the driving to get up here (due to the convoluted streets of Bergen and the steep narrow residential streets of this suburb) probably took me on the order of 30 or more minutes in each direction!
Starefossen resides in the city and municipality of Bergen in Hordaland County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.
Starefossen was situated in a hilly suburb not far from the city center. I believe it was about a 5km walk from Mt Fløyen or the Bergen City Center to the waterfall.
Even though it might have been less trouble to do the long walk, I did this waterfall as a drive so that’s what I’m describing here.
From the Bergen sentrum, I ultimately navigated my way towards the Fv585 due east towards the suburb of Fjellsiden Sør or Kalfaret.
I stayed on the Road 585 (along Kalfarveien and Kalvedalsveien) until I reached the narrow Svartediksveien, which was just when the Fv585 was bending to the right to go south onto Årstadveien.
Once I got onto the Svartediksveien, I then turned left onto Søndre Bellevueveien after about 150m.
I then followed Søndre Bellevueveien for about 350m before keeping right at a fork to go onto Fjellveien.
After another 300m on Fjellveien, I then kept right at the next fork for Ole Irgens’ Vei, which I stayed on for about 500m as it went up a couple of switchbacks.
At the next junction, I then turned right onto the Starefossbakken and followed this road for about 250m before turning left onto Starefossveien.
Once on Starefossveien, I drove another 100m before I started looking for parking near the school.
According to my trip logs, this complicated urban and suburban drive took me about 30 minutes even though I had only driven about 4km!
That gives you an idea of why you generally don’t want to drive in city centers or their surrounding suburbs unless you have to.
For some geographical context, Bergen was 103km (over 90 minutes drive) west of Voss, 135km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) west of Odda, 156km (about 2.5 hours) west of Eidfjord, 175km (a little over 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) south of Førde, 211km (under 5 hours drive with ferry crossings) north of Stavanger, and 464km (about 7 hours drive) west of Oslo.
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