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Tvindefossen (also written Tvinnefossen; also called Trollafossen[1]) is a waterfall near Voss, Norway. It is 12 km from Voss on the road to Flåm.[2][3]

The many-stranded waterfall, usually said to be 152 m high,[2] but likely only 110 m, is formed by a small stream, the Kroelvi,[1] tumbling over a receding cliff.[4] It is famous for its beauty.[5] Buses sometimes stop for people to admire it.[6] It was painted in 1830 by Johan Christian Dahl.[7]

In addition, in the late 1990s the water at Tvindefossen acquired a reputation for rejuvenation and revival of sexual potency that made it one of the most important natural tourist attractions in western Norway, with as many as 200,000 people a year from the U.S., Japan and Russia visiting and filling containers with the water.[8][9]

At one point it was Norway's ninth most visited natural attraction, with 272,000 visitors.[10]


  1. ^ a b Tvindefossen Archived 2010-12-22 at the Wayback Machine at World Waterfall Database
  2. ^ a b Tvindefossen at World of Waterfalls.
  3. ^ Northern European Cruises[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ Ymer 36-37 (1917) p. 235 (in Swedish)
  5. ^ Johan Vibe, Norges land og folk volume 12: Søndre Bergenhus amt, Kristiania: Aschehoug, 1896, p. 300 (in Norwegian)
  6. ^ Terry Plant, Nordic Journeys, 5th ed. Newton Abbot, 1990, ISBN 978-0-9510511-2-2, p. 104.
  7. ^ Andreas Aubert, Maleren Johan Christian Dahl: et stykke av forrige aarhundredes kunst- og kulturhistoria, Kristiania, 1920, p. 152 (in Norwegian)
  8. ^ "Vilt ved Viagrafallene", Bergens Tidende 12 August 2001 (in Norwegian)
  9. ^ Svein Kvalheim notes at the end of "Vøringfossen på topp", Bergens Tidende 2 November 2001: "det virker som om hver femte bilist denne sommeren lot være å stoppe ved Tvindefossen i Voss." - "it seems as if every fifth driver this summer was bent on stopping at the Tvinde waterfall in Voss."
  10. ^ "Norge – turisme". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 28 May 2011.

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Coordinates: 60°43′35″N 6°29′11″E / 60.72639°N 6.48639°E / 60.72639; 6.48639