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. Follow the signs to Briksdalsbreen, proceeding all the way to the end of the road at the Visitors Center 22km from Olden (stay to the right after crossing the river for day use parking, for which there is a fee). Walk past the visitor center and lodge, following the gravel road and signs pointing towards Briksdalsbreen. The trail climbs steadily for 2km to the border of Jostedalsbreen National Park where the falls first come into view. The best views are from about half of a kilometer further, just before reaching the shore of the glacial lagoon below Briksdalsbreen.Visitors to the famous Briksdal Glacier almost always focus their attention on the glacier and the stunning cerulean meltwater lagoon at its foot. The neighboring glacier, Tjøtabreen also pokes its nose over the edge of the valley but it terminates high above the valley floor and as a result it sends its meltwater streaming thousands of feet down the smooth wall of the valley, creating a sight nearly as impressive as the Briksdal Glacier itself. Though Tjøtafossen isn’t quite as prominently visible as nearby Volefossen, it’s a substantially taller waterfall and can be quite a bit more voluminous during the warmest summer months, making it arguably the most significant waterfall in Oldedalen.
The falls begin immediately as the stream emerges from beneath Tjøtabreen, sliding down the smooth granitic cliff in a narrow zigzagging pattern. After about two-thirds of its total drop, the stream spreads out over a much broader reach of the cliff, forming a very prominent veiling horsetail as the falls terminate in the barren tundra-like landscape below. The total height of the falls from the toe of the glacier to its base is about 750 meters (2,460 feet). However, as the glacier recedes or advances the top of the falls may be covered up or further revealed, so the height may shift one way or another. Additionally, due to the non-vertical pitch of the falls, the falls suffer from pretty severe foreshortening and do not appear from its base to be anywhere near as tall as it actually is. The most prominent portion of the falls accounts for about 270 meters (885 feet) of the total drop, while due to the effects of foreshortening when viewed from below, the visible portion of the falls accounts for approximately 495 meters (1,625 feet) of its total height.

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Number of Drops


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Maximum Width


Average High Volume (Cubic ft per second)

50 cfs (8 months)

Average Low Volume (Cubic ft per second)

10 cfs (4 months)


60 degrees

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Watershed or Feeder Stream