Månafossen is one of the best known waterfalls in Norway, located near Eikeskog (Gjesdal) in the region Rogaland.
A lot of people combine visiting the enormous Månafossen with a visit to the beautiful Lysefjorden and Preikestolen. The way to Månafossen is well signed. From road R45 take the exit to Frafjord and then just keep on following the road (fv281) to Eikeskog. Before entering a small bridge keep right following the sign Månafossen, 600 meter. A small road leads to a big parking lot.
From here adventure begins. Reaching Månafossen isn’t easy. Already in the beginning the foot path goes steep up and keeps on ascending (height difference of 130 m). But you will be rewarded with a great view on one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Norway. The walk takes only 20 minutes.
There are many viewpoint when walking along the rig of the canyon. A nice one is from a wooden bridge/platform opposite of Månafossen. You can decide to walk further for 30 minutes to the old farm Måna where you also have a view (on the way) on Månafossen from above.
It is also possible to drive back to the crossing with the bridge and from there walk north along the river Månaåna. After 800 meter you will see Månafossen from a total different kind of viewpoint. Great to see but we missed this opportunity.
Månafossen has a single drop of 92 meter and can be very powerful. Månafossen is the highest single drop waterfall in Rogaland.
We visited Månafossen on one of our first journeys to Norway, June 2004. The weather wasn’t to good, rain and fog, but we enjoyed the power of the water in the river Månaåna which comes directly from the Månavatnet on an altitude of 341 meter. Best time to visit the waterfall is early summer when there is a lot of melted snow coming down from the mountain around Månavatnet.
On the way to the Månafossen you will pass Eikjeskogfossen, a waterfall with a height of 15 meter.