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View of Vettisfossen
Location Årdal, Norway
Coordinates 61°22′45″N 7°56′51″E / 61.37913°N 7.94758°E / 61.37913; 7.94758Coordinates: 61°22′45″N 7°56′51″E / 61.37913°N 7.94758°E / 61.37913; 7.94758
Type Plunge
Elevation 500 m (1,600 ft)
Total height 275 m (902 ft)
Number of drops 1
Longest drop 275 m (902 ft)
Watercourse Morkaelvi
World height ranking 284

Vettisfossen is one of Norway's tallest waterfalls, and the 284th tallest in the world. It is located in the Jotunheimen mountain range inside the Utladalen Landscape Protection Area in the municipality of Årdal in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The waterfall has a single drop of 275 metres (902 ft).

Vettisfossen is the tallest free-falling waterfall in Europe and in Norway which consists of only one drop, that is entirely free-falling, is not regulated and flows with a considerable volume.

How to reach[edit]

The waterfall can be accessed by a walking tour of about one hour from Øvre Årdal up the Utladalen valley. The name of the waterfall comes from the Vetti farm, which is located near the base of the waterfall. The mountain farm Vettismorki is also located nearby, just above the falls.[1][2]

From Vetti gard the trail to Vettisfossen becomes much more rocky. The trail drops back down to the Utla (no) river and follows along the rocky bank for about 1 km to the outwash plain at the base of the Vettisfossen (the left side of the river Fosselvi). The trail basically ends there. But if one wants to see Vettisfossen waterfall, one can do it only from the opposite side of Fosselvi river, but under no circumstances should attempts be made to cross the river outside of the absolute lowest flow periods.

Block and tackle system to lift or pull heavy loads from Vettisfossen or Vettismorki

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vettisfossen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-06. 
  2. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Vettisfossen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-09-06. 

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