Ryfylke, Rogaland County, Norway

About Svandalsfossen

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-24
Date last visited: 2005-06-24

Waterfall Latitude: 59.62558
Waterfall Longitude: 6.28984

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Svandalsfossen caught our attention as it noticeably tumbled right besides the Rv520, which was close enough to send its spray right onto the road.

The pullout on the north side of the bridge along with some short walking path that went under the road and right in front of the falls convinced us to take advantage of the infrastructure here and stop for it.

Once Julie and I found ourselves on the west side of the Rv520, we were literally directly in front of the falls.

Svandalsfossen_003_06242005 - Svandalsfossen

We needed either a wide angle lens or a farther perspective to better appreciate the scale of the falls, but we had neither.

Getting close to Svandalsfossen

From the roadside pullout, we went down steps that took us right underneath the road bridge.

From down here, the reverberating sounds of the voluminous waterfall made it very loud from within the shadowy depths of the bridge.

As we walked towards the opposite side of the bridge, we could partially see the lower portions of the falls.

However, we still had to go up the steps and right alongside the road in order to get a cleaner look before the falls.

As we were doing this, we were cognizant of the fact that we were very close to cars passing by us so we couldn’t linger on the bridge for too long.

Rv_520_008_jx_06242005 - Looking across Saudafjorden from near Svandalsfossen towards what I believe to be Sagfossen
Looking across Saudafjorden from near Svandalsfossen towards what I believe to be Sagfossen

When Julie and I were headed back to our parked rental car, we noticed another attractive waterfall across the Saudafjord.

According to the maps, it looked like it was on the river Sagelva so I’m guessing that the falls might be called Sagfossen or Safossen.

The falls looked like it had multiple tiers to it, but the bottomost section looked the most impressive as it spilled directly into the fjord.

We thought that waterfall was actually prettier than Svandalsfossen.


Svandalsfossen resides in the Suldal Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or their Facebook page.

Svandalsfossen_001_06242005 - Part of Svandalsfossen seen across the road before going beneath it to get closer
Svandalsfossen_002_06242005 - Looking up at Svandalsfossen from underneath the Rv520 road bridge
Svandalsfossen_005_06242005 - Closer examination of Svandalsfossen as we were walking up the steps to get back up to the surface of Rv520
Svandalsfossen_007_06242005 - Looking back towards Svandalsfossen from the surface of Rv520
Sagelva_004_06242005 - Zoomed in look across Saudafjorden from Svandalsfossen at Sagfossen
Sagelva_005_06242005 - Looking across Saudafjorden towards Sagfossen

We found this waterfall while driving along Rv520 just minutes (a little over 5km) south of the town of Sauda. There was a pullout on the fjord (east) side of the road where the walking path under the bridge started. It was also about 9km north of Hongavikfossen, which was where we were coming from during our visit.

For context, Sauda was about an hour drive (50km) north of Sand (one ferry crossing required), 4 hours drive (192km) north of Stavanger (at least three ferry crossings needed), and roughly 90 minutes (53km) south of Skare.

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