Soknefossen (or Galdanefossen) is a waterfall along the old Kongevegen (historic route), west of Borgund.
Soknefossen is situated near road 19 between Borgund and Lærdalsoyri. Coming from Borgund you have to turn right just after the Seltatunnel. Signs are pointing to “historic route”. After the turn go directly right and drive on to the parking in front of the Soknefossen. You can’t miss this impressive waterfall.
The waterfall Soknefossen is also called Galdanefossen after the farm Galdane near the waterfall. This is also a popular starting point of one of the most scenic walk in the Lærdal area. You can make a walking tour from the Sjurhaugfossen, a few hundred meter further down the road.
Walking west along the river Lærdalselva brings you to the farm Galdane and the base of the Galdanefossen or Soknefossen. The farm Galdane (abandoned since 1947) is a 19th century farm an lies along the old Kongevegen. The trail is signed and the whole roundtrip will take 3,5 hour.
Galdanefossen or Soknifossen is quit a respectable waterfall and is over 150 meter high. My laser height meter had some troubles, but I am sure the height is over 150 meter. Probably even a total height of 400 meter. Although the pictures doesn’t show the power and height of the water I really liked this waterfall.
On Internet Galdanefossen is often referred as the Sjurhaugsfossen, with an extra S. But I can’t find any official material to confirm this name.
More information about the hike along the Kongevegen can be found here.