(Kvernhusfoss, Håvardsfossen)

Havardsfossen or Kvernhusfoss is an unknown waterfall near Vigdal, in the Jostedalen, in the region Sogn og Fjordane, Norway.

RyfossenFrom Gaupne it is a 14 kilometer drive, passing Ryfossen, before you will reach the exit (to the right) to Vigdal. Here you already can see a nice waterfall dropping down over three small stages. The highest drop of Havardsfossen is appr. 30 meter and total height appr 150 meter.

I am not sure if you can see all of Havardsfoss, but I didn’t stay to check it out. Probably driving up to Vigdal you will a better view on Havardsfossen.

The river Vigdola is being fed by the glacier Sporteggbreen (23,8 km2 in 2006). The weather was nice, temperatures where appr. 16-19C and it was sunny. Just as Geisfossen I expected more power in the river.

Nevertheless I think summertime is the best period to visit Jostedalen and all of its waterfalls. For the Geisfossen, late in the afternoon is a good time to take pictures.

The Jostedalen is surrounded by the biggest glacier on the mainland of Europe, the Jostedalsbreen. Jostedalbreen has a total area of 487 km2. Several branches of the glacier reach down into the valleys, like the Nigardsbreen.

There are many waterfalls in the Jostedalen, but only four of them are well known. The most famous one is probably Geisfossen, near Espe. At the beginning of Jostedalen you can see another great waterfall at the east side of the valley, Ryfossen. Ryfossen has a total height of 110-350 meter and is perfect for a nice picture.

Nigardsbreen near GeisfossenAt the end of the Jostedalen you will find the glacier Nigardsbreen where it still is possible to make a glacier walk. I visited Jostedalen twice, last time July 2017, late in the afternoon. Sun was shining and there was a really beautiful kind of light shining on the glacier lake.

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About Havardsfossen

CountryWaterfalls in Norway
RegionSogn og Fjordane
Best visitEarly summer-summer

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