Slaettabekken is tall waterfall near Finnset (Eikesdalen) in the region More of Romsdal, Norway.
Eikesdalen is not far away from Åndalsnes but it still takes a two hour drive on road 660/Fv191. First thing you will notice is the Eikesdalsvatnet, a big lake, which is fed by numerous rivers. You have to wait until you are halfway the lake before seeing the biggest waterfall in the Eikesdalen, Mardalsfossen.
July 2017 was the second time I was on my way from Mardalsfossen to Sunndalsøra taking the Aursjøvegen. One of the first waterfalls you see, just before the Aursjøvegen, is the very tall waterfall Slaettabekken.
Slaettabekken is situated near Finnset and melted snow from Inste Ramnahøa drops down a cliff and with a single drop of 375 meter Slaettabekken finally ends in the river Aura. At least that is my conclusion surveying the map. The waterfall Slaettabekken (unofficially named) looks much higher. Total drop however is 425 meter.
Both times I was at Slaettabekken the waterfall was already visible from a great distance and the volume was quit respectable. Driving up the Aursjøvegen (toll road) the view is even better and at a certain moment you are driving just above the top of the waterfall, really great view.
After Finnset the unpaved road (Aursjøvegen) starts and adventure begins. You have to pay toll for this part of the road. The dirt road follows the river Aura which lead to Aurstaupetfossen, from the road visible from a distance. There isn’t an official trail from the road to the waterfall but I have seen photo’s with another perspective then from the road.
I drove the Aursjøvegen two times. A beautiful road but its tays a gravel road with parts of poor quality. The first time almost all the way Aursjøvegen was covered in a thick fog. The last time, July 2017, the weather was good and the views on the valley were awesome. Certainly the first part, from Finnset up the mountain. Here you see several waterfalls coming down the mountain, most unnamed. At first I thought Slaettabekken was Breimegafossen, but this one is regulated and probably doesn’t exist anymore.
After 1 hour on the Aursjøvegen I wished for a normal road. Luckily at the end there were several waterfalls falling down that distracted me. I was looking forward to my next waterfall, Vinnufjellfossen, one of the highest waterfalls in the world.