Name of Waterfall



Take Route 60 south from Stryn to the small town of Olden and make a left onto Route 724 immediately before crossing the river (note, a new road was being built when we visited, so expect directions to change in the future), watching for signs pointing to Briksdalsbreen and Oldevatnet. Drive for 15km to where the road crosses the Yrielva, Neslefossen will be visible across the lake starting in this area and should remain visible for about 2km further as one proceeds up the valley.Neslefossen is visible across Oldevanet as one drives up the valley towards the Briksdal Glacier and Jostedalsbreen National Park. Based on topographic data, the falls appear to have a total drop of about 400 meters (1,310 feet) in at least five major leaps with several smaller cascades between. When we surveyed the falls in June 2011, the weather was rather inclement and low clouds prevented us from viewing the entire waterfall. The drainage area for the Nesleelva is quite small, limited to a narrow crevice extending all the way up the mountain side to the glacier above. It is not known whether any of the glacial melt discharges into this drainage, but given the size of the stream when we saw the falls (even though it was swollen from heavy rain) we would suspect not and would assume the falls would be less impressive late in the summer months.

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IWC Rating (International Waterfall Classification)


Total Height (ft)


Number of Drops


Average Width


Average High Volume (Cubic ft per second)

15 cfs (8 months)

Average Low Volume (Cubic ft per second)

5 cfs (4 months)


80 degrees

Run (ft)


Watershed or Feeder Stream