Muldalsfossen is one of the highest single drop waterfalls of Norway located near Tafjord in the region Møre og Romsdal, Norway.
From Valldal you have to drive to Tafjord along the Tafjorden, road Fv92. On the way you will see a huge waterfall coming down the mountains, the unknown Heggurfossen. After the Heggurtunnelen you will see a rather big parking at the left side of the road. There is no sign but at the parking you see a big information board.
Park the car here and walk a hundred meter further down the road. When you cross the river Juva you already see the top of Muldalsfossen. Here you also find the trailhead of a nice and pleasant walk up to the top of Muldalsfossen.
Again there are two information boards I couldn’t understand (Norwegian). From here the road goes up on a well maintained path. The total ascend is 362 meter and there are 13 hairpin curves in the path. At the other end of the fjord I saw a long stretched waterfall that seems nice to me, but was an unofficial named waterfall « Slufsafossen ».
At the end of the trail, after 45 minutes, you already see a glimpse of Muldalsfossen but you have to walk further on to the farmhouse where you will see a sign « Muldalsfossen ». On the other side of the ravine a trail runs down to several viewpoint on the magnificent Muldalsfossen. This part of the walk takes appr. 15 minutes. Be careful with children because it can be slippery and it is a long way down… Several accidents happened at the waterfall, last time in 2017 when a German tourist fell down the Muldalsfossen, one day after I visited the waterfall. Hmm, strange feeling after I read the article.
Muldalsfossen impressed me much. The waterfall plunges down over 200 meter (single drop) into a narrow and deep gap with overhanging walls. I did measure the height but forgot to write it down. I know I measured the height somewhere near 195 meter.
Unfortunately, the volume of the watercourse is reduced because of a power plant. Muldalselva has been regulated since 1969 by draining water directly from the river into the the Zakariasdammen and Tafjord 4 power plant. Nevertheless the flow is quit respectable and it remains a gorgeous waterfall worthwhile to visit. Muldalsfossen is certainly in my top 10 most beautiful waterfalls of Norway!
I visited Muldalsfossen July 2017 for the first time and the air was clouded with some drops of rain. But I didn’t mind to much and sometimes it adds something to pictures. There weren’t much people at the waterfall but Muldalsfossen is since the 19th century a tourist attraction.
Muldalsfossen is being fed with melted ice and snow from several small glaciers around the Muldalen. Storbreen is one of the biggest glaciers around the valley but I can see 9 small glaciers on the map of Norgeskart.
Muldalsfossen is on the way to Trollstigen, a gorgeous road. Not only Trollstigen itself but also the road that leads to Trollstigen. Last time I was there, July 2017, the weather was terrible and clouds were covering the upper part of Trollstigen. I was quit disappointed because I was there to take pictures. Driving down I had (fortunately) a better look at the big Stigfossen and Trollfossen.
Muldalsfossen is also near the Geirangerfjorden, one of the most beautiful fjords in the world. The ferry Geiranger-Hellesylt takes you along several tall waterfall. The highlight is the waterfall Dei Sju Seistrene (Seven Sisters waterfall). A ferry timetable can be found on the website of visitflam.
Another tourist attraction nearby is the Gudbrandsjuvet. A narrow gorge where a powerful river squeezes itself through a narrow gap. Beautiful to see.