Husedalen Valley Hiking Trail

Explore Husedalen Valley’s four waterfalls

  • Nykkjesøyfossen Waterfall, the third along the trail, with Søtefossen in the background.

    Nykkjesøyfossen Waterfall, the third along the trail, with Søtefossen in the background. Photo: UBC Stock / Shutterstock

  • Søtefossen, the fourth waterfall.

    Søtefossen, the fourth waterfall. Photo: Tampa / Shutterstock

  • Along the trail.

    Along the trail. Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

  • Along the trail.

    Along the trail. Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

  • Nyastølfossen, the second waterfall.

    Nyastølfossen, the second waterfall. Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

Essential info

  • Destination: Hardanger
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Distance: 10.6 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 630 meters
  • Duration: 5-6 hours

About Husedalen Valley

The hike through Husedalen has become a favorite for many tourists visiting Norway. It takes you into the western end of Hardangervidda National Park and past four stunning waterfalls. The trail is easy to find and if you want an easier hike up you can even follow a gravel road.

You don’t necessarily have to hike the entire trail. Just go to the next waterfall and see if you want to hike further or if you want to turn around. 

Getting there

From Kinsarvik drive up Husavegen road. After a few turns, this road leads past some residential houses on the left before reaching an industrial area. Drive through the industrial area and just before the road crosses the river look for the parking lot on the left-hand side of the road.

Trail description

From the parking lot take the gravel road, starting by crossing the bridge. Follow this gravel road, walking past the helicopter field and continue for another kilometer. Eventually the roads forks, with the road to the left continuing behind a gate, and the road to the right continuing for a few hundred meters to the first of 4 waterfalls along the trail. This first waterfall is called Tveitafossen. On the left side of the waterfall you can see the power station.

To the left of the power station you will find a trail leading up into the forest. Soon it meets the water pipes going down to the power station. Head up the trail until you get to the end of the pipes. Here the terrain changes a bit and the trail continues into a pine forest as it brings you upwards towards the second waterfall, Nyastølfossen. After a bit of climbing, you get better and better views of the Nyastølfossen waterfall and there are several viewpoints on the right side of the trail.

As you continue up the trail towards the third waterfall the trail gets steeper and it crosses some areas of bare rock. It is a bit hard to see where the trail is here as people have wandered all across the hill. However, just try to follow the places where most people have hiked and you will be fine. At the top of the hill, you will meet a big rock–go around the right-hand side.

On top of the hill the trail flattens out and after a little while, it starts to descend a bit. The trail is quite wide going down towards the river and the third waterfall, Nykkjesøyfossen. By the waterfall, there is a beautiful meadow with a couple of cabins. This is an excellent spot for lunch and some relaxation. This is also a good place to turn around unless you want to go all the way up to the fourth waterfall.

From Nykkjesøyfossen the trails start to ascend again. As you get further up the hill the trails get harder and harder to find. Try to stay to the right, close to the river. The area above the third waterfall is very open with bedrocks so you can hike almost anywhere in order to get to the fourth waterfall Søtefossen. It isn’t really necessary to go all the way up to the fourth waterfall so when you are ready, head down the same trail as you came up. 

Alternative route
There is a gravel road going almost all the way up to the third waterfall on the northern side of the trail. This gravel road could be a good alternative if the trail is very slippery or if you just want an easy hike down again. On this gravel road, you get some really good views of the second waterfall, Nyastølfossen.

Amenities

  • Free parking
  • By the third waterfall, you will find a small house with a toilet

Map

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