Raw power, beauty and energy. The waterfalls cascade like white veils over steep mountainsides, and are a beautiful sight. People have travelled from far and wide to see the waterfalls all the way back to the 1800s.
Ten of the world’s 30 highest waterfalls are found in Norway, according to the World Waterfall Database. Although such lists are often subject to dispute and there is no definitive definition of what a waterfall is, there can be no question that the huge vertical drops in Norway have created waterfalls that are unique in a global context.
Many of them are among our most popular tourist attractions, and are important features of the Norwegian landscape. Many of Norway’s most beautiful waterfalls are in Western Norway, and the best time to experience them is in May and June, when the snow and ice on the mountains melt and the water levels are at their highest.
The waterfalls in Nordfjord are majestic, and you don’t have to go on long, steep mountain walks to see them. Many are just a short detour from the main road. We have many great waterfalls worth mentioning;
Kleivafossen, Eidsfossen, Glomnesfossen, Ramnefjellsfossen/Utigardsfossen, Tvinnefossen, Holvikfossen, Videfossen/Buldrefossen, Krunefossen, Volefossen, Strupen. Maybe you’ll find a favourite?
For Norwegians, waterfalls represent a lot more than just a lovely motif for a photo. Many waterfalls in Norway are used to produce energy, and almost all electricity in Norway comes from hydropower. Sogn og Fjordane is an important hydropower county and generates a significant proportion of Norway’s overall electricity production.
Safety by the waterfalls
Please respect the fact that waterfalls represent extreme forces of nature, which can be dangerous. Not only are waterfalls very powerful should you fall in the water, but the ground in the vicinity is often slippery and wet, and the edges around them are steep and high. Abide by the instructions provided and stick to marked paths or outside fenced off areas to ensure your safety. Be particularly careful in winter, when there is often ice around the waterfalls and in spring when the waterfalls are in spate.