Fuglane i Sputrefossens gjel Birdwatching

  • Fossekallen

    Fossekallen Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Vintererle

    Vintererle Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Gjerdesmetten

    Gjerdesmetten Photo: Thor Østbye

  • Tårnfalk

    Tårnfalk Photo: Thor Østbye

Essential info

  • Destination: Vang
  • Season: June–November
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 0.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 70 meters
  • Duration: 1–2 hours

About Fuglane i Sputrefossens gjel

Sputrefossen with its good water flow is a sight alone worth the trip. The water masses hit a point up in the mountainside and are tossed into the air to then make a nice bow in their fall toward the bottom of the canyon. The canyon that Sputrefossen ends in has not one but several waterfalls . From the northern side it is easy to get down to the foot of the falls and enjoy the drops of water that soar through the air and waters the plants that grow here.

On the way down the canyon is lush vegetation. The rock here is phyllite and you find an overwhelming diversity of plants here - from those that grow on dry ridges to those who seek to water sources. The steep descent consists of loose sediment and here plants grow which you normally find on steep hillsides on about 800 meters height. Near the bottom, the ferns dominate. The vertical side to the east gets a lot of water splashing from the waterfalls. It is interesting to see how the plants clinge to small ledges or cracks there.

Getting there: You take off from the E16 in the east eng of Vjangsmøsa at Hemsing bridge, on to fv 293. Follow the signs to Slettefjellvegen. After about 4km you cross the river on Rysna bridge. Right after passing the bridge, Slettefjellvegen takes off to the left (toll road). Drive about 700 meters until you get to a sharp bend to the right, right after a cattle guard. There is a path up to the north end which you follow until you head down in the canyon.


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