Tjørnadalsfossen, Norway


Tjørnadalsfossen in May 2015

So many of the waterfalls in western Norway (the fjords area around Bergen) can be viewed without any hike required. I viewed 22 waterfalls when I was there in 2015, and only 5 of them required any hiking. Tjørnadalsfossen (sometimes Tjødnadalsfossen) is one that does require some hiking. And it’s absolutely worth it.

Tjørnadalsfossen is not far outside of Odda. In that same vicinity, you can see Strondsfossen, Vidfoss, Låtefossen, and Espelandsfossen without any hiking. But Tjørnadalsfossen, as I said, though, is definitely worth the hike. You can’t see the falls from the start of the trail, and it’s only about 0.3 miles before you reach the falls, but suddenly, you’ll catch a glimpse of the falls, and they’re absolutely breathtaking. At 1657′, they almost reached into the clouds!

The hike isn’t particularly difficult. I found it to be moderately easy. I believe it does climb a bit uphill, but the hike is short, as I mentioned. If you’re in the area, and you’re looking for waterfalls, Tjørnadalsfossen is absolutely required (along with all of the other waterfalls in Norway!).


  1. From the town of Odda, drive appoximately 5.5 kilometers south along Røldalsvegen-13 (Rv-13).
  2. If you’re headed south, the parking area for the falls will be on your left.
  3. Park and start the hike to the falls.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 1657′
Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip

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