Gaula (Trøndelag)

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Gaula River at Kotsøy.jpg
Gaula River at Kotsøy
Gaula (Trøndelag) is located in Trøndelag
Gaula (Trøndelag)
Gaula (Trøndelag) is located in Norway
Gaula (Trøndelag)
Location of the river
Country Norway
County Trøndelag
Municipalities Holtålen, Midtre Gauldal, Melhus
Physical characteristics
Main source Kjølifjellet
Holtålen, Trøndelag
950 metres (3,120 ft)
62°52′50″N 11°35′53″E / 62.88043°N 11.5981°E / 62.88043; 11.5981
River mouth Trondheimsfjorden
Melhus/Trondheim, Trøndelag
0 metres (0 ft)
63°20′33″N 10°13′47″E / 63.3426°N 10.2296°E / 63.3426; 10.2296Coordinates: 63°20′33″N 10°13′47″E / 63.3426°N 10.2296°E / 63.3426; 10.2296
Length 152.8 km (94.9 mi)
  • Average rate:
    97 m3/s (3,400 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River system Gaula
Basin size 3,661 km2 (1,414 sq mi)[1]
Landmarks Gauldalen valley
Waterfalls Gaulfoss, Eggefoss

The Gaula is a river that flows through the Gauldal valley in Trøndelag county, Norway. The 153-kilometre (95 mi) long river is the largest in Central Norway. The river begins in Holtålen municipality near the mountain Kjølifjellet. It then flows through the municipalities of Holtålen, Midtre Gauldal, and Melhus before emptying into Trondheimsfjord near Leinstrand on the border between the municipalities of Trondheim and Melhus.[2]

The Gaula River is approximately 152.8 kilometres (94.9 mi) long and it drains a watershed of about 3,661 square kilometres (1,414 sq mi). On its way, it is joined by one large tributary, the Sokna, at the village of Støren in Midtre Gauldal. Other smaller tributaries include the Rugla, Hesja, Holda, Forda, and Bua.[1] The average flow of water is about 97 m3/s (3,400 cu ft/s).[2]

Within the Gaula River, there are two well known waterfalls called Gaulfoss close to the village of Hovin and the Eggafoss near the village of Haltdalen.[3][4][5]

In 2005, the Gaula was named the best salmon fishing river in Norway with a catch of 37.5 tonnes (36.9 long tons; 41.3 short tons) that year. In 2008, it had a catch of 42.5 tonnes (41.8 long tons; 46.8 short tons). The Gaula is consistently listed among the top 5 salmon fishing rivers in Norway.


  1. ^ a b "NVE - Gaula" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2011-02-14. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  2. ^ a b Haugen, Morten, ed. (2017-12-13). "Gaula". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  3. ^ "NVE - Gaulfoss Chart" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  4. ^ "NVE - Eggafoss Chart" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ "Gaula Natursenter" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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