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Vøringsfossen Waterfall Base Hiking Trail

Hike to the base of Norway’s most famous waterfall

Essential info

  • Destination: Hardanger
  • Season: May-October
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 2.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 100 meters
  • Duration: 1-2 hours

About Vøringsfossen Waterfall Base

If you’re feeling energetic a trip to the base of Vøringsfossen Waterfall is a great option in combination with a visit to the viewpoint above. Hiking to the base is the best way to fully appreciate the raw power of the falls and you can also experience the intriguing atmosphere down in the steep Måbodalen Valley. Down by the river the trail leads over large, slippery rocks so hiking boots or shoes are recommended.

Getting there

The trailhead is by the side of Norwegian Scenic Route Hardangervidda, west of the main Vøringsfossen viewpoint along Road 7.

There is limited roadside parking by the upper end of the Måbøtunnel. If there is no parking available there, you can park by the Vøringsfossen Cafeteria at the area known as “Fossatromma” and follow the old road west to the trailhead. This adds 4 kilometers to the hike.

Trail description

On the valley side of the road, follow the the old road around the edge of the mountain for about 300 meters. Look for a sign to “Vøringsfossen”, and continue along this trail up the valley towards the waterfall.

Once you reach the suspension bridge across the river, cross over to the other side. Cross one person at a time. Continue along the river up to the end of the trail and viewpoint. Be aware that it can be very slippery on the wet, rough rocks as you get closer to the waterfall.


  • Free parking


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