Tvindefossen

Oppheim / Skulestadmo, Hordaland County, Norway

About Tvindefossen


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-27
Date last visited: 2019-07-24

Waterfall Latitude: 60.7262
Waterfall Longitude: 6.48547

Tvindefossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Tvinnefossen) was a gorgeous 152m waterfall tumbling in strands with a graceful character.

We found this graceful character aspect of the waterfall that strangely contrasted the gushing waterfalls we had been used to seeing throughout Norway.

Tvindefossen_009_06252019 - Tvindefossen in the early morning before the tour bus crowds started showing up on our late June 2019 visit
Tvindefossen in the early morning before the tour bus crowds started showing up on our late June 2019 visit

And perhaps that was what helped make it so popular and alluring, which we’ve noticed in our trips to see it both in 2005 and in 2019.

Of course, the fact that it was perhaps one of the easiest waterfalls to visit certainly helped in its popularity (especially with tour buses).

Indeed, Tvindefossen literally sat right off the E16 motorway as it was also close enough to the town of Voss.

Those factors combined certainly gave the falls quite a bit of notoriety, especially as it was both conspicuous and accessible to even the most casual waterfallers.

Tvindefossen_018_06262005 - Tvindefossen as seen from our first visit in late June 2005
Tvindefossen as seen from our first visit in late June 2005

Thus, I had a bit of fun setting up the tripod and taking very long exposure photos to exploit its graceful character (see photo above).

Of course, crowds were something that came with the territory regarding this waterfall, and they were intense and came in waves.

We witnessed this firsthand when we were one of the first people to visit Tvindefossen on a cloudy morning in late June 2019.

Then, literally minutes thereafter, the first couple tour buses showed up, and from that point on, it was perpetually busy as more tour buses showed up for the rest of the day.

Tvindefossen_015_07242019 - Tvindefossen under beautiful weather while looking like it had a little less volume in late July 2019 versus a month earlier
Tvindefossen under beautiful weather while looking like it had a little less volume in late July 2019 versus a month earlier

Such is the price to pay when it comes to waterfalls that are so easily accessed.

Seasonal Tvindefossen

Now given its relatively light flow, I reckon it can run dry not far into Summer.

In fact, the friendly hotel proprietor at the Vossestolen Hotel showed me a photo album containing a pair of photos of Tvindefossen.

In it, one photo showed the falls flowing well (like what I had seen earlier that morning).

Tvindefossen_041_06252019 - Tvindefossen under beautiful weather while looking like it had a little less volume in late July 2019 versus a month earlier
Tvindefossen under beautiful weather while looking like it had a little less volume in late July 2019 versus a month earlier

Meanwhile, another photo showed the falls being dry.

This suggested to me that the falls was seasonal, and I’d imagine that Spring and early Summer would be the best times to see the falls flow reliably.

Voss

One thing that I didn’t realize until after our first Norway trip in 2005 was that Voss was the same town that inspired the brand of bottled water company by the same name.

I actually didn’t know this until a coworker bought me one of their bottled waters in a fancy art-deco-like glass bottle.

Bordalsgjelet_017_07232019 - Looking across Vangsvatnet towards what a mountain backing the town of Voss with a ski lift on the mountain itself
Looking across Vangsvatnet towards what a mountain backing the town of Voss with a ski lift on the mountain itself

The town was also said to be known for Winter sports as well as Summer thrills.

Apparently, Voss was said to harbor Western Norway’s largest ski resort while also spawning more Winter Olympics participants than any other county in Norway (especially concerning the sport of biathlon).

The literature also suggested to us that Voss was an adrenaline junkie town with activities such as skydiving and mountain biking though they were activities that we didn’t engage in for neither of our visits in 2005 and 2019.

Authorities

Tvindefossen resides near the city and municipality of Voss in Hordaland County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Tvindefossen_003_06252019 - On our 2019 visit to Tvindefossen in late June, we were one of the first people there so it was refreshingly quiet and devoid of tour bus crowds
Tvindefossen_006_06252019 - Getting closer to the base of Tvindefossen in the early morning
Tvindefossen_031_06252019 - Looking right up at Tvindefossen from its base during our June 2019 visit
Tvindefossen_035_06252019 - Our moment of peace at Tvindefossen didn't last long, however, as quickly a pair of tour buses showed up and the people from there inundated the waterfall
Tvindefossen_039_06252019 - Looking towards the entrance for the Tvindefoss Camping, which was right next to the car park, souvenir shop, and visiting area
Tvindefossen_003_07242019 - About a month later in July 2019, we returned to Tvindefossen under beautiful weather.  Note that the waterfall noticeably had a little less flow than when we saw it in late June
Tvindefossen_008_07242019 - Looking up from the base of Tvindefossen under beautiful weather in late July 2019
Tvindefossen_009_07242019 - Looking back towards people approaching Tvindefossen
Tvindefossen_013_07242019 - Checking out Tvindefossen from the left side of the viewing area closer to its stream. Just behind me was a calm part of the stream where kids were playing and cooling off
Tvindefossen_001_06262005 - First look at Tvindefossen back in June 2005
Tvindefossen_010_06262005 - Approaching Tvindefossen during that June 2005 visit
Tvindefossen_015_06262005 - Full context of Tvindefossen with someone else's car parked nearby during our June 2005 visit. I don't think doing that is possible anymore
Tvindefossen_021_06262005 - Last look at Tvindefossen in June 2005 before I left

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Visiting Tvindefossen was pretty straightforward as it was right off the E16.

Tvindefossen_001_06252019 - Looking towards the souvenir ship fronting Tvindefossen and Tvindefossen Camping
Looking towards the souvenir ship fronting Tvindefossen and Tvindefossen Camping

From the town of Voss, we drove north on the E16 about 10km from the roundabout where the Rv13 became the E16.

The well-signed turnoff for Tvindefossen was on the left, where there was a fairly sizable car park around a souvenir shop (though it can get real crowded with tour buses taking up most of the space).

Coming from Flåm, we would drive west on the E16 for about 53km before turning right onto the Tvinnevegen (well-signed and easy to spot since the waterfall is right by the road).

This drive would take under an hour.

Tvindefossen_002_06252019 - Looking back towards the parking spaces fronting the souvenir shop at Tvindefossen
Looking back towards the parking spaces fronting the souvenir shop at Tvindefossen

For geographical context, Voss was about 51km (under an hour drive) northwest of Eidfjord, about 66km (about an hour drive) southwest of Flåm, about 91km (90 minutes drive) north of Odda, about 103km (over 90 minutes drive) northeast of Bergen, and 360km (well over 5 hours drive) west of Oslo.

Focusing on the falls as I was approaching it


Sweep starting from the base of the falls before checking out the surroundings and the falls itself. Then, I walk backwards and reveal more of the falls as I get further back


Checking out Tvindefossen under blue skies and seemingly a little less volume than during our visit nearly a month earlier

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