Romsdal, More og Romsdal County, Norway

About Vermafossen

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-07-02
Date last visited: 2019-07-17

Waterfall Latitude: 62.34467
Waterfall Longitude: 8.03821

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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.

Vermafossen_004_jx_07022005 - Vermafossen as seen on our first visit in early July 2005
Vermafossen as seen on our first visit in early July 2005

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.

Romsdalen_194_07162019 - Vermafossen as seen on our second visit in mid-July 2019
Vermafossen as seen on our second visit in mid-July 2019

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).

Romsdalen_022_jx_07022005 - Looking towards other waterfalls near Vermafossen, which I suspect might be near where the Kyllingbrua would be
Looking towards other waterfalls near Vermafossen, which I suspect might be near where the Kyllingbrua would be

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.

Romsdalen_099_07162019 - Angled and contextual view of Vermafossen from a pullout a little north of the favored pullout with a more direct view of the falls in July 2019
Romsdalen_108_07162019 - Contextual view of Vermafossen from a bit further south for a more direct look at it in mid-July 2019
Romsdalen_191_07162019 - Driving through the hamlet of Verma between the car park for Kyllingbrua and the favored pullout for Vermafossen
Romsdalen_197_07162019 - Looking to the north along the E136 from the favored pullout and bus stop closest to Vermafossen
Romsdalen_002_07022005 - Our first look at Vermafossen in early July 2005. This photo and the rest of the photos in this gallery took place on this day
Romsdalen_003_07022005 - Closer more focused look at Vermafossen in early July 2005
Vermafossen_003_jx_07022005 - Final look at Vermafossen before we left in early July 2005
Romsdalen_023_jx_07022005 - Driving along the E136 through Romsdalen Valley in early July 2005

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.

Romsdalen_104_07162019 - Looking back at one of the bus stops near the unmarked view of Vermafossen along the E136 on the north end of the hamlet of Verma
Looking back at one of the bus stops near the unmarked view of Vermafossen along the E136 on the north end of the hamlet of Verma

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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Short sweep covering the thinner-flowing Vermafossen

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