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Cascada Tvindefossen.jpg
Tvindefossen is located in Vestland
Tvindefossen is located in Norway
LocationVestland, Norway
Coordinates60°43′34″N 6°29′03″E / 60.726244°N 6.484203°E / 60.726244; 6.484203Coordinates: 60°43′34″N 6°29′03″E / 60.726244°N 6.484203°E / 60.726244; 6.484203
TypeTiered Plunges
Total height116 metres (381 ft)
Number of drops2
Total width61 metres (200 ft)
Average width46 metres (151 ft)
Run152 metres (499 ft)
flow rate
4 cubic metres per second (140 cu ft/s)

Tvindefossen (also written Tvinnefossen; also called Trollafossen[1]) is a waterfall in Voss Municipality in Vestland county, Norway. It is located about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of the village of Vossevangen along the European route E16 road to Flåm.[2][3][unreliable source?]

The many-stranded waterfall, often said to be 152 metres (499 ft) high,[2] is actually 116 metres (381 ft),[2] is formed by a small Kroelvi stream,[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]

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  1. ^ a b Tvindefossen Archived 2010-12-22 at the Wayback Machine at World Waterfall Database
  2. ^ a b c "Tvindefossen". World Waterfall Database.
  3. ^ Northern European Cruises
  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 refrained from 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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