Vøringsfossen Waterfall is Norway’s most famous waterfall and is visible from the road between Eidfjord by the Hardangerfjord and the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateou.
You can drive to the view points and see the Waterfall from above, or you can do a short 45 minutes hike and experience it from below.
To see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall from below you need to hike along the bottom of the Måbødalen Valley. The distance is approximately one kilometer and the normal time to use is 35-45 minutes.
The hike to Vøringsfossen Waterfall starts from the parking lot by the road, at Storegjel on the eastern side of the Måbøtunnelen Tunnel. The parking lot is only open during summer and autumn, it is closed in the winter due to snow and ice on the road.
Follow an old and abandoned (closed) road for around 300 meters where you leave the abandoned road (see sign where the trail starts) and continue along the trail in the forest and then eastwards along the Måbødalen Valley, on the south side of the river Bjoreio.
The trail is rocky and the terrain is rugged and hilly, and it can be slippery and difficult to walk in rainy weather or after it has been raining. After about one kilometer, you arrive at the suspension bridge. Here the trail and the rocks are slippery due to the moisture coming from the waterfall. Be careful. NOTE! The bridge is now closed due to safety, it is unsafe and forbidden to cross the bridge!
From the south side of the bridge, there is a great view further into the valley and to Vøringsfossen and the other waterfalls cascading down from the vertical cliffs. It is a wonderful experience to be down in the valley and experience, feel and hear the raw nature up close. Here it is not only the waterfalls that are rushing, you can also feel the blood rushing when you are in these elements.
The Vøringsfossen Waterfall has a vertical drop of 145 meters and a total drop of 182 meters.
The hike back from the suspension bridge is on the same scenic trail as you came.
Season: June – September, depending on temperature and snow. NOTE! You should never walk this hike if there are snow and ice, this is not safe!
The Måbødalen Valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions visible from the road. You can drive to the view points and see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall from above. Park the car at the parking lot on the south side of Fossli Hotel. A new viewing platform and a viewing bridge above the Vøringsfossen Waterfall has been constructed in conjunction with the Hardangervidda National Tourist Route. There is a short walk to both of those viewpoints from the parking lot.
Season: June – September, depending on temperature and snow. NOTE! You should never walk on the viewing platforms and the bridge if there are snow and ice, this is not safe!
This tour from Go Fjords takes you to Hardanger, Norway`s orchard. You will experience the Hardangerfjord, the Queen of the Fjords. You will see picturesque villages along the fjord and a beautiful lush landscape with waterfalls, rivers and steep mountains. The cruise starts at Nordheimsund and ends up in Eidfjord. See video from the Fjord Cruise below. This fjord adventure starts with bus from Bergen.
The 67-kilometer-long road passes through the Hardangervidda National Park and Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau. The Måbødalen valley and Vøringsfossen Waterfall are two tourist attractions you can see from the road. There might be a chance that the road is closed in short periods during winter.
Eidfjord at the eastern part of the Hardangerfjord is a great base for nature experiences and activities. Drive to Kjeåsen Mountain Farm above Sima in Eidfjord and enjoy the great view down to Simafjorden and to Eidfjord at the innermost part of the Hardangerfjord. NOTE! You need to drive on a steep and narrow road and through a long and steep tunnel up to Kjeåsen. This tunnel is closed in different time intervals due to the tunnel is one-way drive. You need to have this in mind when planning the drive in both directions. The road is closed during winter, depending on temperature and snow.
You can also walk a beautiful, but steep trail up to Kjeåsen. The starting point is at Sima Kraftverk (Powerplant). This hike takes about two hours each way. NOTE! This trail is exposed and is not suitable for children! Season: June to September, depending on temperature and snow. You should never do this hike if there are snow and ice, this is not safe!
The Hardangerfjord area, the orchard of Norway, is known for Summer Skiing at Folgefonna Glacier and a spectacular fruit tree blossoming in spring. Drive in the Hardanger area and see the Vøringsfossen Waterfall and all the other great waterfalls. Hike the famous Trolltunga Hike or the Queens Panoramic Trail in the area between Odda, Lofthus and Kinsarvik. Lake Bondhusvatnet and Bondhusbreen Glacier was one of the first places the English tourists visited when they discovered Norway in the mid 1800´s. Join a Fjord Cruise on the Hardangerfjord which is located in the county of Vestland, near Bergen, in the middle of Western Norway.
Accommodation in Eidfjord and by Vøringsfossen
Tourist Information: Visit Eidfjord