Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall – Kvam, Norway - Atlas Obscura

Steinsdalsfossen Waterfall

Kvam, Norway

Walk behind a 50-meter-high waterfall. 


Steinsdalsfossen waterfall is one of the most visited attractions in Norway for good reason - it has a path behind it which allow visitors to have a closer look behind the falls. At night, the water is illuminated with purple and blue floodlights.

Steinsdalsfossen is 50 meters high, is located 2 kilometers east of Norheimsund, and belongs to Fosselva river.

It has been a popular destination for generations. For 25 years straight, missing only two seasons, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany made a trip to visit Steinsdalsfossen every summer. He only stopped at the outbreak of World War I.

The falls are active almost all year, but are most spectacular when the snow melts in May and June. Its unique location allows for tourists to take a look behind the waterfall as well, there is a small steep path leading up behind the fall. The powers of the water has been an inspiration for many plays and concerts during summer season. 

Know Before You Go

In the melting period the waterfall will grow twice as big, and adds to an even more spectacular sight. Feeling a bit hungry? There is a small kiosk with outdoor table and chair right next to the waterfall. Here you can find everything from souvenirs to ice cream. If you would like something more then it is 5min, 3.0 km by car to the closest town, Nordheimsund. Need a place to stay? In Nordheimsund you can also find beautiful Sandven Hotel built in 1857 and located down by the Hardangerfjord water.

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