Brekkefossen is a powerful waterfall in the south-middle of Norway at Flåm, municipality Aurland, in the region Sogn og Fjordane. Most people will see most of the waterfalls along the Flåmbanen by train. The Brekkefossen is also easy accessible by car/foot from Flam. To see the Rjoandefossen you have to leave road E16 and follow the signs for Flam Center.

Just outside Flåm, the first waterfall on the right is the Brekkefossen. A powerful waterfall with an overall height of 100 meters, probably higher (800 meters) if you count in the rest of the river. Unfortunately the flow of the river wasn’t that impressive when I visited Flåm for the third time on May 4th 2015.

The volume of the water in the Brekkefossen was very low when I was there may 4th 2015. The first picture was taken in July and the last pictures in May. Best time to visit the Brekkefossen is June-early July.

Brekkefossen is fed by the rivers Ljosdøla/Brekkeelvi which has its origin at the Viddalsfjelett and Skratlandevatnet (lake) at an alltitude of 1418 meters.

Flåm is famous because of the trainjourney to Myrdal. But there is also a road that takes you upp (halfway) to Myrdal. The most famous waterfall on the trail is the Kjosfossen. During the main season a show is performed where a girl is dressed as Huldra (a seductive forest creature). Aside from the fact that a nice show is staged, the Kjosfossen is absolute a top 10 waterfall in Norway. With its 225 m height and a huge volume, you take all the fuss in the bargain, and you can enjoy the force of the water.

The Flåmbanen is a popular tourist attraction where a train brings you from Flåm to Myrdal. The height difference is 865 meters which has to be done in 20 kilometers, the second steepest railway in the world. On the way you can enjoy several waterfalls, named and unnamed. Be sure to make a reservation in the high season. It can be very crowded.

The next waterfall after the Brekkefossen (also on the right) is the Rjoandefossen, the one with the nicest colors in the most beautiful landscape. Near station Berekvam you will see several waterfalls on the left, the biggest (unofficial named) one is Tunnshello. Then you will pass by the Kardalsfossen, but this is better visible when walking down from Myrdal.

The first short stop is the one at the Kjosfossen. From here you will see several streams and you will have a beautiful view on the Myrdalsfossen which plunges down over 225 meters. When walking down from Myrdal you will decent on a trail besides the waterfall. In Berekvam we took the train back to Flåm.

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About Brekkefossen

RegionSogn og Fjordane
Best visitEarly summer-summer

Most nearby waterfalls

WaterfallDistance (linear)Rating
Rjoandefossen 3 km
Stampefossen 6 km
Storefossen (Flam) 6 km
Tunnshello 7 km
Flugandefossen 8 km