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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 rocky. The trail drops back down to the Utla river and follows along the rocky bank for about 1 kilometer to the outwash plain at the base of the Vettisfossen (the left side of the river Fosselvi). The trail basically ends there. But if you want to sea very silent Vettisfossen waterfall - you can do it only from the opposite side of the loudly Fosselvi river, but under no circumstances should attempts be made to cross the river outside of the absolute lowest flow periods.

Vettisfossen in April 2015. Comparing the height of the people and the height of the waterfall
Block and tackle system to lift or pull heavy loads from Vettisfossen or Vettismorki
The view from the last meter of the trail from Vetti Gard to Vettisfosen 10 May 2015

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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