Grandefossen is a nice waterfall along the Ornesvegen at Geiranger in the region More og Romsdal, Norway.
Driving up the Ornesvegen to Eidsdal you first have some great views on the Geirangerfjord. There is a parking at the 11th hairpin curve. Here the view on the Geirangerfjord is amazing and you have an awesome view on the seven sister waterfall (Dei Sju Systrene).
Driving further a few hundred meter, you see Grandefossen at the right side of the road. Most people don’t pay attention to the waterfall after the views on the Geirangerfjord but Grandefossen is a great and big waterfall.
The name Grandefossen is the name I gave the waterfall because it isn’t named on a map. The river course is the Grandeelva and the waterfall is situated on the Grandesaetra, so why not name it Grandefossen.
Most time of the year Grandefossen has a consistent flow and Ornesvegen (Eagle’s road) is open in wintertime. In wintertime most likely the waterfall freezes or runs dry.
In summertime at the right side a low volume waterfall appears, also unnamed. Not very powerful but yet very tall.
Geiranger is a perfect base for day trips, hikes or boat trips. I can recommend the ferry Geiranger-Hellesylt. It wasn’t cheap but again (fourth time) I enjoyed the boat trip. It can be cold because of the wind, so take a jacket with you. If you are with more then two people you also can rent a boat at Grande camping in Geiranger. In two hour time you can make your own trip and it really fun, certainly with children.
A lot of people take their fishing rod with them when renting a boat. It is allowed to fish freely on sea (fjord) and there is a lot of fish in the fjord. Nice for the bbq! I am not really fund of fishing so I bought Salmon in the supermarket (quit cheap in Norway).
It always nice to know which waterfalls there are in the Geirangerfjord. From Geiranger the first waterfall you see at the right side (after the camping site) is Gjerdefossen.
A little bit further at the right side you will see Bringefossen. Here you already can see the famous Sju Systre (or Dei Sju Systrene also called seven sisters waterfall). Look at the right side of the top of the waterfalls. Here you see several farms.
On the other side of the Fjord you can see Friaren. The legend of the seven sisters is that the seven sisters dance playfully down the mountain, while the suitor, a single waterfall opposite the seven sisters (called Friaren), flirts playfully from across the fjord. The Suitor tried to propose to the seven sisters on the opposite side of the fjord but never succeeded. Nice story.
After the Sju Systre you will see a low volume waterfall at the right side called Brudesløret (Bridal veil) and on the opposite side of the Geirangefjord Ljosurfossen. There are still many named and unnamed waterfall in the Geirangerfjord but these are the significant ones.
Off cause at Hellesylt you will see the Hellesyltfossen. After the ferry arrives in Hellesylt you still have 10 minutes to visit the waterfall.
Other things to do in and around Geiranger:
- Nice walk to Storsetterfossen (recommended!)
- Day trip Muldalsfossen
- Challenging hike to Homlongsetra: