Vidfoss was the third waterfall we saw within Oddadalen (the Odda Valley) as we were heading north towards the town of Odda. It was an attractively wide yet tall waterfall (allegedly 300m in height) that possessed an interesting shape quite unlike any of the other waterfalls we had seen before. It appeared to fan out midway down its drop then spread out as if it was shaped like an off-centered broom. We literally saw this waterfall less than 15 minutes after leaving the famous Låtefossen, but we felt this waterfall more than held its own compared to its more famous neighbor.
Julie and I made our visit after noticing it making its conspicuous tumble while driving north on the Rv13. Once we were compelled to make a stop for it, we then had to find a place to pull over (see directions below). Then, we got out of the car, crossed the road, and walked onto an a grassy field that seemed to be part of a farm. It was from the middle of this field that we got the photos you see on this page. We were content with our viewing experience though we probably could have spent a bit more time trying to experience the falls from closer to its base as well as from other angles. Maybe next time.
According to the maps, this falls was fed by highland lakes such as Midtstolsvatnet as well as other small lakes and tarns, all of which were fed by the melting glacial ice of the vast Folgefonn Glacier (Folgefonna). Thus, I believe the falls ought to have reliable year-round flow. That said, I have seen photos of the falls in lesser flow, so it could very well be that we happened to have caught it at peak flow during our June 2005 visit. It might have also been aided by the fact that it had been raining in the days prior to and during our visit.
Finally, a quicky thing about this waterfall was that unlike most of the other waterfalls through Norway, it didn’t seem to be normally called “Vidfossen”. In other words, I had noticed the definite article “-en” at the end of the word tended to be absent in its name. This convention was reflected in Norgesglasset (now called Norgeskart, but I still do not know for sure why that was the case.
Vidfoss is about 7km north of the famous Låtefossen along Rv13 in a large open area so we had no trouble locating it (you can’t miss it). We were able to find some nearby pullouts or shoulders (I recalled there was somewhat of an informal area for parking on the east side of the road) so that we could get out of the car and get a less hasty view of the falls.
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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