Svoufossen and Reppdalsfossen

Amotan, More og Romsdal County, Norway

About Svoufossen and Reppdalsfossen


Hiking Distance: 1.5km loop (incl. bottom of Svoufossen and Reppdalsfossen lookout)
Suggested Time: 90 minutes

Date first visited: 2005-07-03
Date last visited: 2019-07-15

Waterfall Latitude: 62.50944
Waterfall Longitude: 9.06587

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Svoufossen (also called Svøufossen or Svøufallet) was the first of the three major waterfalls we saw converging on the area known as Åmotan (apparently meaning “converging of the rivers”).

Almost in the immediate vicinity was the sloping Reppdalsfossen (also called Reppdalsfallet), which really compelled us to want to experience the waterfalls here more intimately.

Amotan_079_07152019 - Svøufossen or Svøufallet
Svøufossen or Svøufallet

While waterfall clustering in a particular area wasn’t anything new to us, what made Åmotan so special was the size of these waterfalls.

Particularly in the case of Svøufossen and Reppdalsfossen waterfalls, Svøufossen was where the Svøu River plummeted down 156m with a 110m vertical freefall all with a high volume channeled into a deep depression in a south-facing cliff.

Apparently, it had a 313m total drop if you count all the cascades before and after the main part of the plunge.

Reppdalsfossen featured a high volume sloping cascade that zig-zagged its way down the Reppa for about 180-215m in cumulative drop over its run, but the steepest part was more like 112m in height (at least unofficially from what I measured in the topo map).

Amotan_031_07152019 - The full length of Reppdalsfossen or Reppdalsfallet
The full length of Reppdalsfossen or Reppdalsfallet

During our first visit to the area in early July 2005 (where we only pursued this place based on the markings from our Statens Kartverk Veiatlas Norge map), Julie and I managed to make a wrong turn.

We wound up finding ourselves at the brink of Svøufossen where we really appreciated how tall and powerful it was.

When we realized our error, we then backtracked to the Jenstad Farm, where we managed to witness both Svøufallet and Reppdalsfallet from the farm road with a brief random hike to try to get a better view.

Our first experience left us wanting more, but it took us 14 years since that time when we finally had a chance to return and do the waterfalls right.

In particular, we did a satisfying loop hike that descended to a nice viewpoint taking in Reppdalsfossen before descending further to the foot of Svøufossen.

Experiencing both Svøufossen and Reppdalsfossen – Hike to Reppdalsfossen Lookout

Amotan_020_07152019 - Looking back towards some of the upper drops of Svøufossen with the main drop still concealed as we walked towards the Reppdalsfossen lookout
Looking back towards some of the upper drops of Svøufossen with the main drop still concealed as we walked towards the Reppdalsfossen lookout

From the first of two signposted car parks at the Jenstad Farm (toll required; see directions below), we had our choice of where to go.

One sign pointed up the hill leading to Lindalsfallet, which we cover in a separate write-up.

Another sign pointed behind a fence (to confine the livestock) straight down a grassy slope to reach down towards the foot of Svøufallet.

Ultimately, we opted to follow the farm road for about 150m towards the second car park, where we could already get a good look at Reppdalsfossen.

Amotan_044_07152019 - Julie and Tahia at the Reppdalsfallet Lookout besides some power poles
Julie and Tahia at the Reppdalsfallet Lookout besides some power poles

From this second car park, we then followed a smaller farm road for 200m leading to a signed lookout for Reppdalsfallet right beside some power pole.

Experiencing both Svøufossen and Reppdalsfossen – Hike to the bottom of Svøufossen

After having our fill of the Reppdalsfossen view, we then followed a trail of use skirting the edges of a sloping green pasture belonging to the Jenstad Farm.

Towards the bottom of this hill, we could partially see the Svøufossen.

We initially walked about 275m as we descended to a picnic table at the bottom of the grassy slope, where we could already get a pretty satisfying view of the waterfall.

Amotan_054_07152019 - Context of Svøufossen or Svøufallet fronted by a picnic table at the very bottom of the grassy pasture on the Jenstad Farm
Context of Svøufossen or Svøufallet fronted by a picnic table at the very bottom of the grassy pasture on the Jenstad Farm

Then, we noticed an even steeper trail descending into the grove of trees further below, which we ultimately followed for another 400m to the very bottom at the foot of Svøufallet.

Note that there was a trail junction about half-way down this steep descent (200m from the picnic table or 475m from the Reppdalsfossen lookout), which we’d ultimately return to on the way back up.

At the foot of the waterfall, there was an open grassy area as well as a picnic table to really get to appreciate just how tall Svøufossen towered over us. We could also witness three of the rivers converging (Svøu, Reppa, and Grøvu) at this spot called Åmotan.

I also noticed additional trails branching from Åmotan crossing bridges over these converging rivers then steeply climbing up towards Svisdalen or other communities on the above the other side of the gorge and the Svøufossen itself.

Amotan_016_07032005 - Svøufossen when we first saw it back in early July 2005 with seemingly much higher volume than when we saw it in July 2019
Svøufossen when we first saw it back in early July 2005 with seemingly much higher volume than when we saw it in July 2019

After having our fill of this spot, we then backtracked our way up to the signed trail junction.

Then, we walked up another steep trail on the left, which headed right towards the first car park after around 450m.

Overall, we spent a bit over 90 minutes away from the car, and this included some chill out time for both of the waterfalls.

Authorities

Svoufossen and Reppdalsfossen reside in the Sunndal Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Amotan_006_07152019 - Lots of signs at the first car park for the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_015_07152019 - Walking further along the main farm road towards the second car park with a branch off on the right towards part of the active Jenstad Farm
Amotan_016_07152019 - Looking towards the concealed Svøu River past a cafe at the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_019_07152019 - Approaching the second car park at the Jenstad Farm just as the Reppdalsfallet started to come into view
Amotan_022_07152019 - Leaving the second car park at the Jenstad Farm and descending towards the lookout for Reppdalsfallet
Amotan_025_07152019 - On an unpaved farm road at Jenstad Farm towards the Reppdalsfallet lookout
Amotan_028_07152019 - Approaching the Reppdalsfallet Lookout
Amotan_030_07152019 - The view of Reppdalsfallet from the signed lookout at the Jentad Farm
Amotan_048_07152019 - Following the edge of the grassy slope at the Jenstad Farm towards the steep trail leading to the bottom of Svøufallet near that picnic table ahead
Amotan_060_07152019 - Looking back up towards the Jenstad Farm just to show you how much descending we had already done just to get to the bottom edge of the grassy pasture
Amotan_067_07152019 - Tahia descending on the steep trail leading down from the Reppdalsfallet Lookout to the base of Svøufallet
Amotan_074_07152019 - Tahia continuing to descend on the steep trail leading down to the base of Svøufallet
Amotan_083_07152019 - Svøufallet getting a lot closer as we were near the bottom of the steep descent
Amotan_104_07152019 - Looking out towards the picnic table before the base of Svøufallet
Amotan_108_07152019 - Tahia making her way down to the picnic table at the base of Svøufallet just as the folks already there were about to leave
Amotan_130_07152019 - The view from the bottom of Svøufallet
Amotan_137_07152019 - Julie and Tahia checking out the base of Svøufallet
Amotan_141_07152019 - After having our fill of the base of Svøufallet, we had to make our way back up the steep trail to get back to the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_142_07152019 - Our last unobstructed view of Svøufallet on the way back up to the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_144_07152019 - Julie and Tahia now ascending the steep trail from the base of Svøufallet
Amotan_147_07152019 - Julie and Tahia enjoying the view one last time while taking a breather on the demanding ascent from the bottom of Svøufallet
Amotan_149_07152019 - Approaching a trail junction on the ascent where instead of going back up the way we came, we hung a left to return to the Jenstad Farm closer to the first car park
Amotan_152_07152019 - Red Ts marking the way back up to the Jenstad Farm from the bottom of Svøufallet
Amotan_155_07152019 - Looking towards Svøufallet as we were ascending back up to the Jenstad Farm on the other fork of the looping path that we did
Amotan_162_07152019 - Continuing the ascent as we followed the red Ts back up to the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_165_07152019 - Tahia and Julie trying to catch up to me as they were struggling up the steep ascent to the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_168_07152019 - The Jenstad Farm was finally starting to come in to sight
Amotan_170_07152019 - Distant view towards Reppdalsfossen on the steep ascent up from the bottom of Svøufallet
Amotan_174_07152019 - The context of the steep slope that we had to ascend in order to return to the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_178_07152019 - Still have a ways to go to make it back up to the Jenstad Farm
Amotan_189_07152019 - Sheep sharing the trail on the way back up to Jenstad Farm
Amotan_195_07152019 - Finally making it back up to the first car park at the Jenstad Farm
Rv70_004_07152019 - Looking back at the twisting waterfall near Gjøra as seen from a rasteplass along the Rv70 that I didn't recall was there before when we were first here in 2005. I believe this waterfall was on the Gryta so perhaps it's called Grytafossen?
Sunndalen_019_jx_07032005 - This big waterfall was seen as we were approaching Gjøra while driving along Rv70 back in July 2005 as we drove east from Sunndalsøra.  Gjøra was where we left the highway and turned off towards Åmotan
Amotan_005_jx_07032005 - Looking down Svøufossen from near its top as we had missed the turnoff at the fork towards Åmotan back on our first visit in 2005.  This was from the Snøgutu towards Fjellgardan
Amotan_022_07032005 - This fence and sign was seen at the first car park we encountered back in July 2005.  I suppose we could have gone past the fence and descend towards Svøufossen even though we took a different route
Amotan_007_jx_07032005 - At the second car park where Julie got this view of Reppdalsfossen in early July 2005
Amotan_018_07032005 - The sign and second car park from our first visit in early July 2005
Amotan_006_07032005 - Reppdalsfossen and the cascades below it as seen on our first visit in early July 2005
Amotan_002_07032005 - I started to get more frontal views of Reppdalsfossen (or Reppfossen) as I was hiking towards Svøufossen on that first visit in early July 2005
Amotan_003_07032005 - Following the signs towards Svøufossen as it was referred to back in 2005
Amotan_009_07032005 - Finally starting to get frontal views of Svøufossen on our first visit in early July 2005.  Now, all I have to do is descend the grassy hill
Amotan_017_07032005 - Almost there!  Spotted a few more signs pointing in different directions, but there was no mistaking which way to get to Svøufossen
Amotan_011_07032005 - Checking out Svøufossen as I was getting close to my turnaround point in early July 2005
Amotan_013_07032005 - This was as low as I could go before getting seriously sprayed by Svøufossen back on our first visit in early July 2005

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We experienced both Svøufallet and Reppdalsfallet from the Jenstad Farm, which was perched above the converging rivers of Åmotan.

We’ll describe the driving directions from Sunndalsøra to the west and from Oppdal to the east.

Amotan_326_07152019 - The first car park at the Jenstad Farm
The first car park at the Jenstad Farm

Note that the drive from Sunndalsøra was actually covered in more depth in our Vinnufossen page because there were many waterfalls all along that route!

From Sunndalsøra, we drove east on the Rv70 for about 33km.

We then turned right onto the Fjellgardsvegen (“Mountain Farm Road”) near the community of Gjøra. There was a “Nasjonalpark” sign as well as a sign pointing the way to Hafsåsen.

After about 3.8km on the Fjellgardsvegen, we then kept left at a fork to go up the single-lane road climbing steeply to the Jenstad Farm. On our first visit, we made the mistake of keeping right to wind up at the brink of Svøufossen on the Snøgutu (or “Snow Road”).

Amotan_023_07152019 - At the smaller second car park at the Jenstad Farm
At the smaller second car park at the Jenstad Farm

Eventually at just under 2km, we reached the first signed car park at the Jenstad Farm, which was on the left.

We had to pay 30kr as of 2019 (though it was interesting to note that we had to pay 20kr in 2005).

If all the parking spaces were taken up at this first lot, there was a second (albeit smaller) one nearly 150m further.

Overall, this drive would take over a half-hour.

From Oppdal, we drove west on the Rv70 for about 35km to the signed junction with the Fjellgardsvegen near the community of Gjøra.

Amotan_013_07152019 - Even at a place as remote as the Jenstad Farm there was an automatic pay-and-display machine that could take credit cards, which really reinforced our thinking that Scandinavia was as close to a cashless society as you can have in the world as of 2019
Even at a place as remote as the Jenstad Farm there was an automatic pay-and-display machine that could take credit cards, which really reinforced our thinking that Scandinavia was as close to a cashless society as you can have in the world as of 2019

We then turned left onto Fjellgardsvegen and followed the directions as above to get to the Jenstad Farm.

Overall, this drive would take around 45 minutes depending on traffic or road construction.

For further context, Sunndalsøra was 68km (1 hour drive) west of Oppdal, 128km (2 hours drive) east of Åndalsnes, 187km (over 2.5 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim, 466km (6 hours drive) north of Oslo, and 578km (over 8.5 hours drive with ferry crossings) northeast of Bergen.

360 degree sweep of both Reppdalsfossen and Svoufossen before walking closer to the latter waterfall for a closer look


Sweep checking out the Svoufossen from the picnic area at its base from walking such that the camera sees a pretty close-up and good angle for it

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