Stigfossen and Fjellfossen

Myster, Hordaland County, Norway

About Stigfossen and Fjellfossen


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-26
Date last visited: 2019-06-28

Waterfall Latitude: 60.73491
Waterfall Longitude: 5.83597

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The waterfall tandem of Stigfossen and Fjellfossen sat at the back of the communities of Myster and Eidslandet.

According to the old Norgesglasset, Stigfossen was the lower waterfall while Fjellfossen was the one higher up.

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Contextual view of both Stigfossen (bottom) and Fjellfossen (top) as seen from the hamlet of Eidslandet in Vaksdal

As much as I desired to more intimately experience both waterfalls with a hike, my experiences with them have been such that it’s really more of a roadside waterfall to look at.

In fact, the infrastructure here almost seemed as if it’s really just to be taken for granted.

I didn’t notice any formal pullouts as well as lots of private road signs closer to the end of the hamlet at Myster.

The photo you see above came from an informal pullout as I was heading into the hamlet of Eidslandet along the narrow county road Fv569 (see directions below).

On our first visit back in June 2005, we actually had to contend with pretty bad weather which impacted the experience even more.

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Stigfossen and Fjellfossen under some foul weather as seen on our first visit back in June 2005

Most of the better photos you see on this page pretty much came from the second visit in 2019 under much better weather.

So as much of high hopes that I had for this pair of waterfalls, I’d personally not go out of the way to see them.

However, they do happen to be close to both Hesjedalsfossen and the lovely rural town of Mo i Modalen.

So I’d treat these waterfalls as more of a side attraction to these other things that are worth spending more time at.

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Stigfossen and Fjellfossen reside in the Vaksdal Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Although I tend to prefer to visit this waterfall as merely a side attraction to Mo i Modalen or Hesjedalsfossen, I’ll pretty much regurgitate the directions written from the Hesjedalsfossen directions.

From Bergen, I drove on the E39 for roughly 12km before reaching the roundabout at the junction with the E16.

I then took the E16 exit and drove for about 49km to the turnoff for Mo (Fv569) on the left (note that this turnoff was about 36km west of Voss).

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Looking ahead at the road tunnel between Hesjedalsfossen and Eidslandet

Once on the Fv569, I then took the very narrow (mostly single-lane) road north for about 15km to a pullout for Hesjedalsfossen on the left about 100m before the bridge and tunnel.

However, the view of Fjellfossen and Stigfossen were another 5km north on the Fv569, where after a junction in town, I kept left to stay on the main road.

Ultimately, I found a non-descript pullout to the right side of the road, where I managed get a decent clear view of both waterfalls from a distance.

This drive would take on the order of 90 minutes covering about 86km.

Note that I also could have driven a longer loop to reach the view of Fjellfossen and Stigfossen from the north by continuing on the E39 north of Bergen for around 64km before taking the Fv569 on the right.

I then followed the narrow Fv569 for about 33km (passing by the town of Mo) before arriving close to Eidslandet.

Just before the small rural community, that was where I saw the combo of Fjellfossen and Stigfossen to my left at the aforementioned informal pullout.

This drive would take a little less than 2 hours without stops.

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.

Short video showing the pair of waterfalls behind the hamlet of Eidslandet

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