During the last half year I have been focusing more on photographing the local area. Most weekends I’ve gone on trips to the mountains, hiking in the woods or to some nearby landscapes I want to capture. As the waterfall junkie I am, many of these trips have been targeted towards waterfalls. And if there is anything eastern and western Norway can offer, it’s exactly that. Waterfalls.
If you are like me, interested in photography and trying to produce best possible images, you might know that size doesn’t always matter (cliché, I know). The biggest waterfalls aren’t necessary the most photogenic ones. Sure, they are majestic to watch, and I do recommend giving them a visit, but I often find myself more attracted to the smaller and more intimate ones.
I enjoy visiting the waterfalls during the golden hours, or even pre sunrise to get the best possible atmosphere. Also it’s rare to meet other people at these times, so you avoid spending hours cloning away all the people taking selfies!
Now, remember that we are now in Norway not in USA. Most waterfalls are not facilitated for people, meaning that there is no fence or platform to stand on. You will have to use common sense and evaluate where you feel safe.
That being said, if you are up for an adventure I often enjoy getting as close to the water as possible, and even in the water occasionally. This gives a unique perspective of the falls, but it can also be challenging to keep your balance.
I’ve put together a small collection of my favorite waterfalls for you, maybe giving you some ideas on where to visit during your next Norway trip!
Laatefoss is one of the most visited waterfalls in Norway. The 165 meters drop is located in Odda, Hordaland and is in my eyes one of the most picturesque waterfalls we have. Be aware that this is a popular destination, so arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon might be a good idea. Also bring a rain jacket and some sort of protection for your camera, the spray can be massive!
Trollstigen Waterfall, Rauma
Trollstigen might be best known for it's scenic road, and most people only photograph it from the overlooks. What few people know is that the waterfall is just as beautiful as the road. It's less than a 5 minute hike from the road, and it has many smaller falls down the river. Walk around, explore, and you will find beauty!
Gjøgerfossen is a very little known waterfall. It's located about 15 minutes driving out of downtown Kongsberg, right behind Heistadmoen military camp. Be careful when walking down to the falls, as the hill is steep and the gravel is loose. This waterfall also has some interesting history. They used to transport a lot of timber in this river, but a waterfall like this would crush the wood. They solved the problem by making a "slide" through the cliff, that safely would transport all the timber.
Vøringsfossen is the most visited nature attraction in Norway. If you want more information take a look at my previous article about this majestic fall.
Geirangerfjorden isn't exactly a waterfall. However, it is the home of many! Take some time to explore the area, by car, boat or hiking, and discover some truly unique waterfalls. They are especially impressive during late spring and early summer, when the water levels are high due to meltwater.
Rjukandefossen is at this time my personal favorite. I've just recently visited for the first time, and this waterfall has it all. It's normally viewed from the top a canyon, but if you're a bit crazy like myself you should see it from below. Just be extremely careful when climbing down as it can be very slippery. It's also located only 10 minutes out of Hemsedal, and it's close to dusins of waterfalls, mountains and hiking opportunities.
Unknown Waterfall, Jotunheimen
The western region is full of waterfalls like this. Some temporary due to meltwater, others to be found year around. I suggest hiking around the mountains, bring a zoom lense and enjoy these distant waterfalls!
If you want more information about the waterfalls or just ideas on where to go, don't hesitate to send me a mail!
I also invite you to visit my website for more imagery of Norway, blogs and tutorials on photography!