Volefossen and the Oldedalen Waterfalls

Briksdal Glacier, Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway

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About Volefossen and the Oldedalen Waterfalls


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

Waterfall Latitude: 61.66038
Waterfall Longitude: 6.79916

Volefossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Vålefossen) was a very tall and commanding presence at the head of the valley Oldedalen. I’ve read that this waterfall was said to tumble from a height of a whopping 355m. It was situated right in front of the car park that we ended up using for our hike up to the Briksdal Glacier, and I guess it could have also been thought of as the crescendo of a dramatic drive through Oldedalen Valley. Of course this waterfall wasn’t the only waterfall in Oldedalen Valley. Indeed, Julie and I saw countless more of them tumbling down both sides of the valley during our drive. 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. 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. 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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The place to both view the falls and leave the car was right at the car park for the Briksdal Glacier (toll required) at the very end of Oldedalen. The county road 724 entering Oldedalen from the town of Olden was about 6.5km south of the town of Loen (17km from Stryn) as well as 17km east of the town of Innvik (40km from Byrkjelo) both along the Road 60.

From Olden, we went south on the Road 724 for about 22km. Note that there were many sections of this local road that were practically single-lane paved roads so we definitely had to exercise caution regarding oncoming traffic coming the other way.

For context, Stryn was 75km (90 minutes drive) south of Geiranger, 295km (5 hours drive) north of Bergen, and 474km (over 6 hours drive) northwest of Oslo.

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