(Ørdalsfossen, Ørredalsfossen, Orredalsfossen)

Ørdalsfossen, also known as the Ørredalsfossen is situated along road Fv 131(Skårdalsvegen) close to Øystese at the Hardangerfjord.

In Øystese, driving on road Fv7n take the turn into the road (at the roundabout) following the sign for the Soldal. From now on you can follow the signs Fitjedal. After the road turns into a dust road and gets narrow you will find a parking lot with a information board about the Orredalsfossen. A signed path leads to the Ørredalsfossen. This will take about 5 minutes.

I was at the Orredalsfossen May 3th 2015 and there was still a lot of snow on the trail so I was afraid there wasn’t any water in the Orredalsfossen. Gladly the Orredalsfossen turned out to be the surprise of my stay in Norway. Finally a waterfall with a decent volume. Not as much as in June-early July (see the last two pictures) but I really enjoyed the Orredalsfossen.

The river Øysteseelvi thunders down over 60 meters (measured with a laser height meter) in an astonishing setting. There is a viewpoint in front of the Orredalsfossen but it is also possible to walk to the river where you also have a tremendous view on the Orredalsfossen. Next to the Orredalsfossen another small unnamed stream falls down.

The Ørredalsfossen is fed by a big lake called Fjitladalsvatnet on a height of 265 meters. An impressing gorgeous waterfall to see. Unknown but really a must to see.

Be sure to register your car for Toll payment because the Steinsdalsfossen-Fossen Bratte-Orredalsfossen are along a Toll road Fv7 (bompenger).

Orredalsfossen isn’t far away (8 km) from the famous Steinsdalsfossen at Norheimsund and the unknown Fossen Bratte at the Eikedalen (28 kilometers).

Many thanks to Erik from Holland for the information and letting me use his photo’s (last two).

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About Ordalsfossen

Best visitEarly summer, after heavy rainfall

Most nearby waterfalls

WaterfallDistance (linear)Rating
Steinsdalsfossen 8 km
Reppafossen 29 km
Fossen Bratte 32 km
Dravladalsfossen 32 km
Siseljafossen 33 km