Svedalsfossen was an obscure waterfall that I had previously thought of as one of those miscellaneous waterfalls that probably didn’t have a real name. It was Julie who noticed it as I was busy concentrating on the road as we were driving through Fjærland between Sogndal and the E39 by Skei. We had trouble trying to characterize the region that this drive covered because it didn’t seem to be well known in the tourism literature and so we were stuck with photos of seemingly nameless places.
That all changed when I looked up the latest version of Norgeskart (formerly Norgesglasset) for candidate place names and watercourses. Then, I correlated our photos, GPS waypoints (label “021” on our trip logs), and trip notes with the latest internet literature that might be associated with the possible place names, and that was when I finally realized that indeed Svedalsfossen was the officially-named waterfall that we ended up seeing back in our late June-early July 2005 trip to Norway.
That said, this was really my waterfalling excuse to showcase some of the lakes and glacier scenery that we didn’t expect to see while doing this drive. On top of the gorgeous alpine scenery, we also basked in the gorgeous weather that further amplified the scenic allure of a part of the country that seemed to have slipped under the tourism radar. Indeed, we saw numerous lakes and glaciers in the general vicinity of this waterfall, including the attractive and easily-seen Bøyabreen Glacier as well as the reflective Dalavatnet.
Svedalsfossen (which was labeled “021” on our waypoints marked during our trip) was about 15km west of the Rv5/Rv55 junction in the town of Sogndalsfjøra along the Rv5. We found a pullout on the north side of the road overlooking the lake Dalavatnet, and that was around the area where Julie also noticed the falls across the midpoint of the length of the same lake.
Another 26km further to the west on Rv5 (just east of the second of two long tunnels) was the attractive Bøyabreen Glacier. The junction of the Rv5 and E39 in the town of Skei at the head of Jølstravatnet Lake was another 20km further to the west.
Something worth mentioning was that the toll charged for the Rv5 across Fjærland that covered the area that this web page described was on the order of $25-30 USD. I think we were charged around 200 NOK (based on a roughly 7:1 ratio of NOK:USD back in Summer of 2005). It felt like highway robbery to us at the time, but in hindsight, we realized that we passed through several tunnels and avalanche-prone areas so perhaps it was warranted in retrospect.
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