Grongstadfossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Grungstadfossen) was said to be the tallest waterfall in the Høylandet municipality at 75m. From the picnic area where we parked the car and got the view that you see at the top of this page, it was clear that the falls was very impressive. Unfortunately, the view was very limited from where we were standing. This was further complicated by the swarms of wasps that were also sharing the lookout and picnic area with us. As Julie stayed in the car, I was fortunate that none of them stung me (it actually took me a while to figure out that these were indeed wasps), but it was nerve-wracking to say the least. Speaking of which, even though this was a very beautiful and peaceful place to have a picnic, there was no way we were going to use it at the time.
I did notice that there was a trail leading further down the hill and further downstream from the waterfall on the Nordåa River. I wasn’t sure if this path would yield a better view, but I was told after our trip that there was indeed a path to improve the view of Grongstadfossen, and it could very well be on that trail. With hindsight being 20/20, I’ll have to make it a point to come back here next time to see the waterfall as it ought to be seen…
Since we visited this waterfall immediately after making a spontaneous detour to see Formofossen, we’ll describe the directions from the Road 705 and E6 junction (about 189km east and north of Trondheim).
Continuing north on the E6, we drove another 20km to the turnoff for the Route 775 on the left. Turning left onto the Road 775 and leaving the E6, we then drove another 14km north until the road junctioned with the Road 17 in the township of Høylandet (“the high land”?). We had to really be careful while driving on the Route 775 because there were free roaming sheep all over the road, which was potentially dangerous given the relative high rate of speed on the road.
Anyways, after reaching the Road 17 (which by the way was part of the Atlantic Road Scenic Route), we turned left onto Road 17, then followed it west for about 800m to a turnoff on the right next to a white sign saying “Grongstadfossen”. We then took the unpaved road and followed it for another 1.3km to the signed car park and picnic area mentioned above.
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