Name of Waterfall



Take the E16 to the town of Aurland. At the roundabout junction with Routes 50 (east) and 243 (west, signed for Aurlandsvangen) immediately south of the southern portal to the Lærdalstunnelen, turn east on Route 50 and drive for half of a kilometer to where the falls are visible near the bridge over the Turlielvi. Next to the bridge a sign board marks the beginning of a trail which climbs steeply up alongside the falls and provides easy access to the very base of the cascade.Turlifossen is an impressively large sluicing cascade-type waterfall found just outside of the town of Aurlandsvangen. The falls chute down a narrow bedrock gully, dropping a total of approximately 295 meters (965 feet) to the pasture-filled floor of the Aurlandsdalen, though only about 245 meters (800 feet) of the fall can be seen from the valley floor. With a consistent volume of water flowing into the stream thanks to the melt of a small glacier, this waterfall represents one of the more significant cascades in the southern arms of the Sognefjord, yet despite the absurdly easy access to the falls it is sadly overlooked by the majority of visitors who pass through the area.
When seen from the road, Turlifossen appears to be a substantially steeper waterfall than it actually is. While for the final few hundred feet the pitch of the falling water is close to vertical, the majority of the falls slide down the hillside in constant contact with the bedrock at an angle of between 45 and 60 degrees, giving the falls a significantly greater run than first may appear. Because of this resultant length, the entire waterfall cannot be seen from any angles other than more or less head on – which further helps to prevent travelers on the nearby E16 from straying from the highway to view the falls.
The base of the falls is located less than 300 meters away from the southern portal of the Lærdalstunnelen, which at 24.5 kilometers (15.2 miles) in length is currently the longest road tunnel in the world - this will however be surpassed by the 26.7 kilometer long Boknafjord Tunnel upon its completion. The tunnel itself is a tourist attraction which may be partially responsible for the lack of notoriety of Turlifossen, featuring three large rooms approximately equidistant throughout the tunnel where colored lights illuminate the ceiling, giving the impression that one is driving through the glowing center of a huge glacier.Turlifossen seems to be the most commonly used name for this waterfall, and is apparently recognized as its official title. Topographic maps label the waterfall as Fossadrevet as well, but how widespread this name is in use is not clear. The name Bjørgofossen is also apparently associated with this waterfall, but used much less frequently.

Other Names

['Fossadrevet', 'Bjørgofossen']



IWC Rating (International Waterfall Classification)


Total Height (ft)


Number of Drops


Average Width


Maximum Width


Average High Volume (Cubic ft per second)

100 cfs (8 months)

Average Low Volume (Cubic ft per second)

50 cfs (4 months)


70 degrees

Run (ft)


Watershed or Feeder Stream