The Vettisfossen is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Norway and with a single drop of 275 meter. Vettisfossen is also one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Norway.
Vettisfossen is located in the Utladalen near Øvre Ardal in the region Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. The Utladalen is very popular for hiking and is one of the best valleys to visit. The hike to the Vettisfossen is not very difficult and you will pass by several waterfalls with the Vettisfossen as the highlight of the walk.
Vettisfossen is named after a farm at the Vettisfossen, called Vetti. The farm is inhabited since the year 1.120 but is now used as cafeteria. At the top of the Vettisfossen there is another farm with a similar name Vettismorki.
Road description Vettisfossen
From Øvre Ardal, Vettisfossen in the Utladalen is easily accessible via road Fv301. At the end of the road there is a parking and the first big waterfall is already visible: Hjellefossen. First impression is everything and starting a hike in the Utladalen begins literally with everything. With an enormous power the water of the river Hjelledola thunders down over 365 meters.
The Avdalsfossen is the second fall at the beginning of the trail to the Vettisfossen. The hike to the Avdalsfossen takes about 20 minutes and is very easy on a path. The water of the Slufsedøla en de Gravdøla drops down in a single tier over 175 meter and is fed by melting water of the mountain range Hurrungane. A little bit upstream the river Utla there is also a nice, small waterfall called Høljafossen. A shame I missed this one but it looks really nice.
Further on you will find the enormous Vettisfossen with a single drop of 273 meters and is even more powerful then the Avdalsfossen. The name of the waterfall comes from the Vetti farm, which is located near the base of the waterfall.Vettisfossen is probably the most powerful of all in the Utladalen. Standing at the bottom of the fall it is almost impossible to get a good view because of the water curtain caused by the force of the plunging water. There are several other good viewpoints where you can stay dry.
Hike to Vettisfossen
The hike to the Vettisfossen takes about 2 hours. I am afraid our trip took a little bit longer because there wasn’t a road anymore and we had to walk over loose gravel for 300 meters (very dangerous) and at the end we finished at the base of the fall. I have seen many pictures with better viewpoints.
Nearby, just before the Vettisfossen there is another waterfall called Stølsmaradalsfossen. The waterfall has a tremendous height of 410 meters, but it looks much higher.
For the real fanatic hikers there is another huge waterfall further on hiking in the valley, the Midtmaradalsfossen , a really nice waterfall over 300 meters high. Not as powerful and impressive as the Vettisfossen but nevertheless good enough to visit next time going there. I think the hike from Vetti takes another two hours????