Vermafossen was our favorite of the waterfalls we encountered while driving through the valley Romsdalen. 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 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, which was no wonder considering it drained a series of highland lakes. Perhaps what was more unusually memorable about the falls was the way it segmented into a giant pitchfork-like formation. I don’t think we had ever seen a waterfall this large (notice the buildings in the photo at the top of this page for scale) with this kind of an unusual shape.
Vermafossen was a roadside waterfall off the west side of the highway. It didn’t appear that there were any obvious signage indicating its presence. Instead, Julie and I noticed this falls as we were heading north on the E136 and immediately went looking for the nearest pullout to get a clean view from outside the car. 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. Nonetheless, that kind of attention would suggest that this was indeed a major waterfall, and perhaps it validated our choice of favoring this waterfall over the others in Romsdalen.
We found this waterfall off the left side of the E136 as we headed north. It was about 3km north of the conspicuous, well-signed turnoff for Slettafossen. According to our notes, it didn’t even take 10 minutes to leave Slettafossen and stop the car for Vermafossen. Slettafossen was about 66km northwest of Dombås
Coming in the other direction, the falls was about 35km southeast of Åndalsnes.
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