Langfoss one of the world’s 10 most beautiful waterfalls

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Last fall we went for a Sunday hike up Langfossen. We started early in the morning and headed to Langfossen waterfall by the Åkerfjord. From Haugesund this is about 1,5 hours drive.

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Langfossen is a waterfall located in the municipality of Etne.  The waterfall is the fifth highest waterfall in Norway and Europe’s 16th highest, but its magnificent surroundings and accessibility have placed it on CNN’s list of the World’s 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls. The waterfall has a total fall of 612 metres, and it can be seen clearly from the starting point. The path up Langfoss starts by the E134 road and follows the old summer pasture farm trail from Eljarvik and up to Langfoss støl (mountain farm).

 

The first part of the hike was steep up through the pine forest. Some places, and especially above the timberline, there were wonderful view points. When we reached approximately 300 meters altitude, we followed the path which lead directly to the waterfall where we admired the waterfall’s drone and the forces of nature at close range.

 

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I wan’t lie – the rest of the path is also steep, but the view on the top is amazing. From the top you can enjoy the fantastic view over the Åkrafjord and Folgefonna National Park.

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We continued to the Langfoss støl located on the plateau above the waterfall and had lunch by the river. The path continues to Vaulavatnet (Vaula lake) at 1050 a.s.l., but we headed back down after the break.

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I prefer to hike summits with great views, especially fjord or ocean views, and this hike has an amazing view when you reach the top of the waterfall. It’s steep, but so worth it. I will definitely do this hike again and next time I will go all the way to Vaula lake.

Thank you for reading!

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