Visit Voringsfossen Waterfall
Norway. It’s a spectacular part of the world, truly magical in fact. It’s known for its majestic fjords, skyscraper mountain ranges...and waterfalls!
Did you know that some of the world’s tallest waterfalls are found in Norway? They are a real crowd pleaser. For some reason, there is something spellbinding about watching raging water tumbling down a cliff face. It is truly mesmerizing.
There are lots of waterfalls in Norway that we could tell you about. The one that we’re going to tell you about isn’t the tallest or the smallest. But it is the most photographed waterfall in the country, which is quite a title. Cameras at the ready...welcome to Voringsfossen waterfall!
What is Voringsfossen?
Voringsfossen waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway, with thousands visiting every year. At 182m high and with a 145m drop, it is significantly smaller than Strupenfossen which stands at 840m and is the highest in Norway. However, you can rest assured that if you take a trip to Voringsfossen, it will be the most magnificent waterfall you’ll ever see!
Where is the Voringsfossen waterfall?
Not too far from Bergen, is the Eidfjord municipality in Hordaland region. The village of Eidfjord sits on the edge of the glorious Hardangerfjord and from here, Voringsfossen waterfall is within easy reach. Water trundles into the depths of Måbødalen, a beautiful valley that stretches from Hardangervidda mountain plateau through to Eidfjord.
Get there by boat and bus
Many people visit the area for a day trip, by taking a cruise along the Hardangerfjord. This means that they have limited time. Luckily, Go Fjords runs a fantastic bus tour, starting in Bergen or at Eidfjord Tourist Information and stopping at the Nature Centre Hardanger and the upper Voringsfossen viewing platform.
The bus stops at a car park near the famous Fossli Hotel. From here it's just a short walk to an accessible viewing platform that overlooks the Måbødalen Valley and the top of the canyon. You will experience fantastic views of Voringsfossen as it flows across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau before spilling over the edge and crashing into the rocky pool below. Rainbows are frequently formed by the sun and water, so if you’re lucky you will witness the arched burst of colour stretching and disappearing into the valley.
When you have finally put your camera down and fully appreciated the stunning surroundings, you can head back towards Fossli Hotel which has a restaurant and a licenced bar. There is also a cafe that serves delicious waffles and mouthwatering ice cream.
A few facts about the Fossli, the Voringsfossen Hotel
- It was designed by a famous Norwegian architect named Konow Lund in 1881
- At the time, there was no road so building materials were transported by horseback!
- Fossli Hotel has passed down the family for four generations
- It has attracted visitors for over 120 years
If you’re looking to explore Eidfjord and its surrounding attractions then you should check out our Go Hardangerfjord & Vøringsfossen and Go Vøringsfossen tours. It’s the easiest way to enjoy the fjords.