Drivandefossen (also called Krekafossen on Norgeskart) was one of those overlooked waterfalls that we happened to miss when we first stayed in Skjolden back on our first trip to Norway in 2005.
So I made it a point to check out this waterfall when I finally had a chance to return to the Skjolden area in 2019.
What I had missed out on was an attractive 45-50m gushing waterfall on the Åsetelvi that was within the Breheimen National Park.
Actually, this waterfall’s main drop comprised just one part of a much longer cascading waterfall that I could see from the valley floor of Mørkrisdalen.
According to my measurements on Norgeskart, this waterfall technically had a cumulative height of about 280m if you start counting from the top of the main drop of Drivandefossen.
While I could have been lazy and counted the view from the valley floor as enough for this waterfall, I think you really do need to climb up to the foot of the main drop of the falls to fully experience this fairly hidden waterfall.
In order to do that, I had to go on a pretty sweaty 1km (2km round trip) uphill hike (about 220m in elevation gain) that took me a little over an hour round trip.
Hiking to Drivandefossen’s Main Drop
From the car park for Åsevatnet (see directions below), the trail ascended immediately behind the interpretive signs.
Åsevatnet was the lake sourcing the Åsetelvi watercourse.
It wasted no time climbing steeply as I found myself on a persistently climbing trail that led me up to a gate after about 600m.
I believe this fence and gate marked the National Park boundary.
Beyond the gate, the trail continued its steep ascent for the next 200m or so before the trail finally started to relent just as I finally started to see the main squarish drop of Drivandefossen.
The informal clearing acted as a viewing area where I could scramble a little closer to feel the mist from the falls.
Looking downstream in the other direction, the watercourse dropped steeply the rest of the way towards the floor of Mørkrisdalen, but the terrain was way too steep to even entertain a somewhat frontal look here.
So it didn’t take long before I had my fill and turned back to return to the car park on an all downhill hike.
The trail actually actually kept going uphill beyond Drivandefossen towards more cascading tiers on the Åsetelvi and ultimately to the sourcing lake, but I was content with my visit just with the main drop of the falls.
Drivandefossen was up the Mørkrisdal Valley (Mørkrisdalen), which left the Fv55 in the town of Skjolden.
From the turnoff going into Mørkrisdalen (signed for Mørkrid), I drove along the county road (Fv333) going deep into the valley.
At about 5km from the Fv55, I reached an open stretch alongside the for about 5.6km.
Note that there was an open stretch alongside the Floane, where I found room to pull over and check out the full extent of the Drivandefossen.
Another 600m later, the road narrowed and then reached a signed (for Åsetevatnet) turnoff going left.
After 300m or so on this very narrow road, I turned left again to go into the car park and trailhead for Åsetevatnet as well as the Drivandefossen Waterfall.
This drive took me about 20 minutes from Skjolden.
For geographical context, Skjolden was about 30km (over 30 minutes drive) northeast of Ornes, 27km (30 minutes drive) northeast of Gaupne, about 43km (under an hour drive without a ferry) or 34km (over an hour drive with a ferry) northeast of Solvorn, 55km (about an hour drive) northeast of Sogndal, 47km (over an hour drive via the mountain pass on Fardalvegen/Tindevegen) north of Øvre Årdal, 124km (or 2.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) north of Flåm, and 288km (over 4.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Bergen.
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