Volefossen and the Oldedalen Waterfalls

Briksdal Glacier, Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway

About Volefossen and the Oldedalen Waterfalls


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-06-30
Date last visited: 2019-07-19

Waterfall Latitude: 61.66058
Waterfall Longitude: 6.80555

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Volefossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Vålefossen) was a very tall and commanding presence at the head of the valley Oldedalen.

It was kind of the culmination of a very scenic drive through the valley from the town of Olden.

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Volefossen at the head of Oldedalen Valley as seen on our first trip in 2005

And it was a sign of more things to come as it also sat at the car park and trailhead for the hike up to the terminus of Briksdal Glacier.

According to my Norgeskart measurements, it could have a height of a whopping 355m over its steepest parts, but if you count the whole run down the mountainside, its cumulative drop could exceed 600m!

In any case, this was the last of the waterfalls that I noticed in the Oldedalen Valley, which meant there were many others that I encountered en route.

Other Waterfalls in Oldedalen Valley

While Volefossen was the most prominent of the named waterfalls in the Oldedalen Valley, Julie and I saw countless more tumbling down both sides of the valley walls.

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Next to Volefossen was another cascade on the Svadåna Stream Volefossen and the Melkevollbreen

Some looked very significant and may have names. Others seemed like run-of-the-mill temporary snowmelt types which would be significant in most places except here in waterfall-rich Norway.

From what I was able to tell on the Norgeskart map, the officially named waterfalls were Hundefossen, Melkevollfossen, and Volefossen.

Hundefossen was on the Storelva watercourse spilling into the east side of Oldedalen right at the head of Oldevatnet.

Beyond the headwaters of Oldevatnet near the head of Oldedalen Valley was Melkevollfossen, which ironically was not fed by the Melkevollbreen Glacier.

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This fairly thick waterfall might be the one on Storelva near the head of Oldevatnet called Hundefossen (Dog Falls?)

Instead, this waterfall was on a seemingly unnamed watercourse fed by a highland tarn or lake left behind by the receding glacier Flatebreen.

Melkevollfossen was on the next drainage north of that for Volefossen, which itself was also fed by other lakes and tarns left behind by the receding Flatebreen Glacier in back of the Blåfjellet Mountain.

As for the rest of the waterfalls on this page, I really had a difficult time identifying and associating our photos with place names on the maps.

So I just decided to clump them on this page and at least showcase just the kind of waterfalling eye-candy we were in for during our pass through Oldedalen.

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This impressive waterfall is what I believe to be Melkevollfossen

That said, we thought the real highlight of Oldedalen was the chance to get right in front of the picturesque glacier Briksdalsbreen, where we have a dedicated writeup for the associated waterfall excursion that took us there.

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Volefossen resides in the Stryn Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

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Volefossen sat at the very end of the 22km county road Fv724 south of the town of Olden.

You can route to Olden since it’s a big enough town to have some tourism infrastructure while also showing up on apps like GoogleMaps or AppleMaps or whatever you choose to navigate with on your mobile or dedicated navigation system.

This drive would typically take about a half-hour, but you do have to watch for blind corners since a good chunk of the drive was on single-lane road.

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Context of Volefossen and the car park beneath the Briksdal Fjellstove

That said, there were enough places to compel you to stop and admire the scenery (as you can see from the write-up on this page), and that could easily make this drive take longer.

For some geographical context, Olden was 17km (well under 30 minutes drive) south of Stryn, 92km (over 90 minutes drive) south of Geiranger, 103km (over 90 minutes drive) northeast of Førde, 122km (under 2 hours drive) north of Sogndal, and 277km (under 5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Bergen.

360 degree sweep from a bluff overlooking Briksdal Valley while also examining all of the interesting features from Volefossen to Tjotafossen to Briksdalsbreen

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