Høgfossen Hiking Trail
One of the highest waterfalls in Nordre Land
- Destination: Land
- Season: April-November
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 360 meters
- Duration: 1-3 hours
Høgfossen is one of the highest waterfalls in Nordre Land, with a vertical fall of nearly 60 metres and a spectacular tourist attraction when the waterfall is at its most powerful. The water course was dammed and regulated by the hydropower industry in the middles of the 1920s. There are two hydropower stations here, Øvre Åvella and Åvella. Along the river there are lots of signs from previous times, and near to Høgfossen you will still find the old log flume in good condition.
Parts of the river flows through gullies. Gullies have high species diversity with lots of rare and threatened species. This includes amongst others the threatened beard lichen (Usnea (Dolichousnea) longissima). This beard lichen was previously used to decorate Christmas trees due to its characteristic long appearance. Now the species is very rare and must not be disturbed! The moist climate in the gully provides perfect conditions for rare species, especially lichen and mosses.
There is a toll barrier on the route.
When the waterfall is at its most powerful the top of Høgfossen can be seen from rv33 just south of Dokka.
Take the fv245 (Jevnakervegen) exit towards Jevnaker from fv33 close to Dokka. After approximately 4.3 km take the exit on the right at Kverndalskroken. You can park here or continue to drive along the road. After 550m take the exit onto Kistefosvegen. This road is a toll road, the toll must be paid to continue driving along this road. Follow this road for 4-5km up towards Akksjøen where you will be able to park along the road and walk right towards Høgfossen.
The trip to Høgfossen is a Medium – Demanding hike, roughly 5km (out and back) and with a 360m climb regardless of starting point. From the gravel road at the top there is a smaller path to the right that goes down to the waterfall around 600m away. It is possible to continue to Veslefossen waterfall (20m in height) that is a short distance downstream from Høgfossen.
- Remember money for the toll barrier (cash or VIPPS)
- Good footwear is recommended as the path can be very slippery and is steep in sections.
Where to stay
Close to Dokka centre you will find accommodation at Dokka Camping, Dokka motel and Ankalterud Gård. Further away from Dokka you will find accommodation at Haugtun (Aust-Torpa), Ullsaker Øvre Gjestegård (Vest-Torpa), Etna Familiecamping (Etnedal), Lyngstrand Camping og Totenåsen Sportell. There is also the possibility to stay at Spåtind Sport Hotel in Synnfjellet. Here you will find apartments and rooms, a café, and a restaurant and bar.
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