Vermafossen was one of our favorite of the waterfalls that we encountered while driving through the valley Romsdalen during our first visit to Norway in 2005.
That was no small feat considering that there were numerous waterfalls that we found to be impressive along a 60km stretch where the steep valley walls of the Romsdal Valley tightly flanked the highway.
The falls was said to tumble over a distance of 1000m with a net elevation loss of 381m.
It had pretty high volume for its size when we first saw it in 2005, which made us take note as we were motoring about the E136, which tended to have lots of high-speed traffic.
Perhaps what was more unusually memorable about the falls was the way it segmented into a giant pitchfork-like formation as you can see in the photo above.
I don’t think we had ever seen a waterfall this large with this kind of an unusual shape (notice the buildings in the photo above for scale).
When we came back here in mid-July 2019, the falls had noticeably lesser flow than on our early July 2005 visit.
This made me wonder if we were overly enthusiastic about this waterfall based on how we saw it the first time around.
Nevertheless, Vermafossen was a roadside waterfall off the west side of the highway E136.
It didn’t appear that there was any obvious signage indicating its presence, and in hindsight, I found it amazing that we even stopped for it at all!
For on our second visit, I could have totally foreseen us driving past without even knowing it was there thanks to its subdued volume.
So perhaps that was a testament as to how well this waterfall flowed on that first visit in 2005 though I’m not certain if that was more of an anomaly.
Regardless, once Julie and I noticed this falls as we were heading north on the E136, we immediately went looking for the nearest pullout to get a clean view from outside the car (see directions below).
I had read that the Rauma Railway (Raumabanen) actually would slow down or even stop for this waterfall, but since we didn’t do that train ride, we can’t say more about it.
In any case, that kind of attention would suggest that this was indeed a major waterfall.
Therefore, it perhaps validated our choice of favoring this waterfall over the others in Romsdalen – even given the more subdued second visit.
Vermafossen resides in the Rauma Municipality near Åndalsnes in Møre og Romsdal County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.
Vermafossen required stopping at unmarked pullouts in order to get the views you see at the top of this page.
More specifically, from the Fv64 and E136 junction at the south end of Åndalsnes, the nearest pullout for Vermafossen was at a bus stop about 35.0km south on the E136 on the right.
From the roundabout containing the E6 and E136 junction in Dombås, that bus stop was about 69.0km north on the E136 on the left.
For context, Åndalsnes was 128km (under 2 hours drive) west of Sunndalsøra, about 54km (over an hour drive) northeast of Valldalen, 87km (over 2 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Geiranger, 105km (under 90 minutes drive) northwest of Dombås, 108km (90 minutes drive) east of Ålesund, 303km (over 4 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim, 442km (over 5.5 hours drive) northwest of Oslo, and 508km (8 hours drive) northeast of Bergen.
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