Kjosfossen, Norway

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Kjosfossen in May 2015

I’m trying to figure out where to start this post. Is this a post about a waterfall or a post about a railroad? Let’s see if I can sort out the answer to my own question. I’m guessing you can’t disconnect the two in this case.

Kjosfossen is a beautiful waterfall. It’s a very-easy-to-visit waterfall, and yet the only way that you’re going to see it is via the Flåm Railway. If you’re in the Bergen area and you have the time (or if you’re traveling between Oslo and Bergen), you should take the time to visit Flåm. From Flåm, you have many options. You can take a cruise through Nærøyfjord and see the many Waterfalls in Nærøyfjord. Without much planning, you can hike to Brekkefossen. A third option would be to take the Flåm Railway from Flåm to Myrdal (or vice-versa).

Along the way, you’ll see a number of waterfalls. Kjosfossen and Rjoandefossen are the two more impressive falls along the way, with Kjosfossen being the main attraction because there is a designated stop just to see the waterfall. Along the journey, you’re given a few minutes to get out and take pictures of the falls. There’s even a platform that allows you to get these amazing views…if it weren’t there, you wouldn’t have any chance of getting this close since the cliffs are pretty steep in this area. Part of the excitement of the trip is that you’re climbing 2,833 feet over 12.5 miles, with a big portion of that climb in the latter half of the trip.

Directions

  1. You want to get to Flåm, which is along the E16 Highway. Enjoy the trip…it’s a curvy drive and there are a LOT of long tunnels near Flåm.
  2. In Flåm, purchase tickets for the trip. I would suggest purchasing tickets for later in the day. Some of the trains were sold out and packed. I waited for the last trip of the day and the train was maybe 1/4 full. It was awesome, to say the least.
  3. One of the stops is for Kjosfossen, so enjoy the view!

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 735′ (though you can’t see all 735’…)
Length of Hike: “roadside”

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