Tjornadalsfossen (Tjørnadalsfossen; pronounced “TYURD-nuh-dahls-foss-un”) was a waterfall that we almost missed out on for we weren’t really aware of its presence.
Indeed, it took an accidental stop, which we did to improve our view of Strondsfossen (on the other side of the lake Sandvinvatnet) before this waterfall caught us by surprise!
This falls turned and twisted its way down the eastern wall of Oddadalen making it very tall though I had some trouble trying to find a satisfyingly full contextual view, which got me to do a little exploring to see if there was a better way to experience it.
Getting Closer to Tjørnadalsfossen
It turned out that there was a gravel dirt road quickly rising up on the eastern wall of Oddadalen Valley.
We weren’t able to drive this road since it was closed during our June 2005 visit.
Fortunately, the falls was close enough that I was able to walk up this road instead.
After going above the handful of switchbacks, I encountered a couple of road signs in Norwegian.
Then, I started to notice some faint unofficial “trail” that left the gravel road and traversed through the canopy of trees.
On the other side of the trees, I ended up with a very close-up view up at the impressive Tjornadalsfossen, which is pictured above.
This closer view of the falls might have been a bit too close since the falls was too tall (said to be 495m tall) to fit entirely within a single photograph.
It was only possible to either take a stitch photo or make a photo with a wide angle lens (though that wasn’t great given the poor quality of our point-and-shoot cameras at the time).
Anyways, from the limited amount of time I had spent here, I didn’t explore any further to see if there were other alternate ways to experience the falls.
For directions, see the Strondsfossen page. I believe the unsealed road that I walked up left the Rv13 just a few paces across from where we could get a direct view of the other waterfall across the lake.
For context, Odda is 134km (about 3 hours drive with a ferry crossing) east of Bergen. Skare is 323km (about 5 hours drive) west of Oslo and 179km (over 3 hours drive with some ferry crossings) north of Stavanger.
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