Vettisfossen Waterfalls Trail (Norway): Trail Report

Vettisfossen is a wild amount of water free falling 275m to the rocks below. Understandably, you can hear it before you see it! The waterfalls itself was wonderful to see, but adsorbing the whole landscape together left me stunned. Majestic waterfalls and vibrant greens makes you think that darfs and giants could walk out at any second.

Suggested Stops

There is plenty to keep you occupied and intrigued along this hike! It can be a whole day affair if you choose to explore the other trails. First there is the museum at the trail head (remember to bring a few kroners to donate!), then there is the incredible story and hike up to Avdal Guard which was a farm abandoned in 1962 and then restored as a tourist cabin (accommodates up to 22 pers). As for the smaller waterfalls along the route, there are almost too many to count! One that stands out (maybe because it was also boosting a rainbow that day) is Avdalfossen. Perfect spot to dip your feet if you’re brave enough for those ice cold waters.

Important Insights

This is a long, hard, but extremely rewarding hike.

Land Acknowledgement

None appropriate for this location, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Unknown.

Suggested Stops

There is plenty to keep you occupied and intrigued along this hike! It can be a whole day affair if you choose to explore the other trails. First there is the museum at the trail head (remember to bring a few kroners to donate!), then there is the incredible story and hike up to Avdal Guard which was a farm abandoned in 1962 and then restored as a tourist cabin (accommodates up to 22 pers). As for the smaller waterfalls along the route, there are almost too many to count! One that stands out (maybe because it was also boosting a rainbow that day) is Avdalfossen. Perfect spot to dip your feet if you’re brave enough for those ice cold waters.

GPS Coordinates

61.34506162041751, 7.880605337032065

Street Address

Utladalsvegen 1, 6884 Øvre Årdal, Norway

Directions

Once in Øvre Årdal, there is signage directing you towards Vettisfossen. You’re looking for Utladalsvegen road which follows the river. The first impressively large waterfalls you see on the right of the road is Hjellefossen. Continue past this waterfalls until you reach a small parking lot at the end of the road. Do not parking in the staff parking (like we accidentally did) or along the narrow road. To make sure you get a spot, arrive early (prior to 9am).

Parking

Small parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

No

Washrooms

Outhouses located at the parking lot.

Accessibility

No

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

May - Oct only. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Sogneford.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

1

Total Distance (km)

14

Elevation Gain (m)

50

Cell Reception

No

Features

Activities

Hiking, Nature Centre

Dogs

Permitted on leash.