Høgfossen Hiking Trail

One of the highest waterfalls in Nordre Land

  • Luftig rast ved Høgfossen. Den gamle tømmerrenna går forbi.

A quick break next to Høgfossen. The old log flume runs past this spot.

    Luftig rast ved Høgfossen. Den gamle tømmerrenna går forbi. A quick break next to Høgfossen. The old log flume runs past this spot. Photo: Magnus Nygård

  • "Mortre" med hulderstry. Før ble hulderstry benyttet til juletrepynt. Nå er arten svært sjelden og må ikke røres.

Tree covered in a rare species of beard lichen. This species was previously used to decorate Christmas trees. Now it is extremely rare and must not be disturbed!

Det fuktige klimaet i kløfta gir gunstige forhold for både epifyttiske og epilittiske lav. 

The moist climate in the gully provides perfect conditions for both epiphytic and epilithic lichen.

    "Mortre" med hulderstry. Før ble hulderstry benyttet til juletrepynt. Nå er arten svært sjelden og må ikke røres. Tree covered in a rare species of beard lichen. This species was previously used to decorate Christmas trees. Now it is extremely rare and must not be disturbed! Det fuktige klimaet i kløfta gir gunstige forhold for både epifyttiske og epilittiske lav. The moist climate in the gully provides perfect conditions for both epiphytic and epilithic lichen. Photo: Magnus Nygård

  • På tur langs Åvella.

Out for a hike along Åvella.

    På tur langs Åvella. Out for a hike along Åvella. Photo: Magnus Nygård

  • Veslefossen med et fall på 20 meter ligger i kort avstand nedstrøms Høgfossen. 

Veslefossen waterfall with a drop of 20 metres is a short distance downstream from Høgfossen.

    Veslefossen med et fall på 20 meter ligger i kort avstand nedstrøms Høgfossen. Veslefossen waterfall with a drop of 20 metres is a short distance downstream from Høgfossen. Photo: Magnus Nygård

  • Høgfossen en av Nordre Lands høyeste fosser, med et fall på nesten 60 meter.
Høgfossen is one of Nordre Lands highest waterfalls with a drop of nearly 60 metres.

    Høgfossen en av Nordre Lands høyeste fosser, med et fall på nesten 60 meter. Høgfossen is one of Nordre Lands highest waterfalls with a drop of nearly 60 metres. Photo: Magnus Nygård

Essential info

  • Destination: Land
  • Season: April-November
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 360 meters
  • Duration: 1-3 hours

About Høgfossen

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. 

Getting there

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.

Trail description

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. 

Facts

  • 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.

Map

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