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Take Route 60 south from Stryn to the small town of Loen and make a left onto Route 723 where signs point to Kjenndalsbreen (the turn adjacent to several prominent hotels). Follor Route 723 contouring along Lovatnet for 13km. At this point the road splits, with the left heading to Bødalen and the right to Kjenndalen - both are self-pay toll roads. Stay to the right (toward Kjenndalen) and after about 1.5km further Ramnefjellfossen will come into view across the lake where the road makes a sharp bend on top of a cliff. The falls can be seen from many places around the inlet to Lovatnet, some of which can be found before the toll station is reached, so it may not necessarily be necessary to pay to see this waterfall (the best views are after the toll station, and the fee is modest and helps maintain the road, so we would recommend proceeding).Ramnefjellfossen is one of the tallest free-flowing waterfalls left in Norway. The meltwater from the Ramnefjellbreen braids down a polished bedrock face and upon reaching the edge of the valley plunges in two side-by-side streams. The water then collects into one channel and skips the remaining distance to the valley, plunging again at its base. The falls technically consist of four distinct leaps - though it may appear to contain more, but since the stream does not actually pool between several sections which may appear to be separated they are considered to be interconnected.
The height of this waterfall has been in question for decades. It is often cited as an all-too-round 600 meters (1,968 feet), while early editions of the Guinness Book of World Records listed the height as 800 meters (2,625 feet) - again too round a number to be more than an eyeball estimate which may have at one time been a rough measure of the elevation change between the toe of the glacier feeding the falls and the valley floor (assuming the glacier has since receded considerably). The top of the falls is actually quite distinctly well downstream of the glacier as it currently exists, starting at an elevation of about 715 meters above sea level, so a height of 800 meters is immediately out of the question. The base of the falls is likewise higher than the floor of the valley, positioned at about 130 meters above sea level.This waterfall was commonly known as Utigårdsfossen in the past, the name stemming from that of its stream. The name Ramnefjellfossen became more commonplace in the late 20th century and was eventually adopted as the official name according to data from the Norwegian government. The current name stems from the adjacent Ramnefjell, a massive cliff which was the site of a devastating avalanche in 1905 that fell into Lake Loen and caused a 40 meter (120 foot) tall tsunami that wiped out several villages along the shore of the lake.

Other Names

['Utigårdsfossen', 'Utigørdsfossen']

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80 degrees

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