Kvanndalsfossen was a waterfall that Julie and I only noticed when we passed by an obscure handwritten sign while making the drive towards the famous Geiranger Fjord from Loen. When I swore I saw the word “fossen” in the sign as we passed by, I was curious enough to double back and follow that sign. It ultimately led us to the start of the walk to get to the base of the falls. After having visited the falls and studying the maps, we also came to realize that our drive further up the mountain happened to have passed by the upper tiers of the waterfall as well (see directions). Even though the photo you see at the top of this page made it seem like the falls wasn’t that tall or impressive, but given our observations, it turned out to be a very tall cascade. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see it all in one shot, which was we perceived to be shorter than it really was.
Indeed, given its obscurity and our near-miss at even knowing it existed, Kvanndalsfossen seemed to be a very overlooked waterfall. I recalled that for almost the entire time we were headed to the base of the falls, we were the only ones there. Speaking of the excursion, we began from what appeared to be a camping area with a handful of structured accommodations. A sign with an arrow saying the falls was 900m away continued to show us the way to walk. The short walk started to go a bit uphill as we got closer to the falls, and then we ended up with the somewhat partial and overgrown view that you see above.
I didn’t recall if the trail kept going, but we thought the view of the falls could have been better if not for the partial nature of it. The view became more overgrown as I tried to explore a bit more. In any case, when we returned to the car, it turned out that we had spent a little over 30 minutes away from it.
Julie and I noticed this waterfall as part of a long drive that started in Loen (11km east of Stryn) and was to go north to Geiranger and the famous Geiranger Fjord (Geirangerfjorden). So we drove on a combination of the Route 60 to the Rv15 towards the Route 63 high up in the snowy mountain mountainous region. We then headed west on Route 63 towards Geiranger.
At around 15km west of the Route 63/Rv15 junction, we were at a series of hairpin turns as we started to descend towards Geiranger. This was where we saw the stream responsible for Kvanndalsfossen that had several cascades itself just upstream of the Kvanndalsbrua (the Kvanndal Bridge). I recalled there were some shoulders or pullouts that allowed us to get a look at uppermost sections of the falls before continuing on.
At around 2km downhill of Kvanndalsbrua was the signposted turnoff mentioned above on the south side of Road 63 labeled Road 631. We then followed this road down to a camping area at Opplendslædalen where we parked at some obscure car park with an arrowed sign (saying Kvanndalsfossen was 900m away) just beyond one of the accommodations here. This was where we stopped the car and started the walk.
For context, Geiranger was 75km (90 minutes drive) northeast of Stryn, 448km (6 hours drive) northwest of Oslo, 371km (6.5 hours drive with some ferry crossings) northeast of Bergen, and 376km (5.5 hours drive) southwest of Trondheim.
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