Låtefossen, Hardanger, Vestland, Exploring Norway

Låtefossen, Hardanger – Exploring Norway

Låtefossen is a massive waterfall in the valley south of the town of Odda. The mist from this waterfall as well as from neighboring Espelandsfossen is impressive with a lot of water heading down towards the Grønsdalslona River. The valley and its waterfalls have been a popular tourist attraction since the 19th century.

A Short History of Låtefossen

A bridge to make access to the waterfalls easier was completed in 1859. Tourists have for over a century visited the area, back in the day, they traveled by horse and carriage. There has earlier also been a café nearby.

Things to Do and See

Exploring the two waterfalls and just seeing their magnitude is what attracts the most. But there are also hiking trails in the area and space for a picnic when driving by.


Låtefossen, the first of these two waterfalls, has a height of 165 meters. This is actually a dual waterfall as the stream splits up on two sides of a cliff. The water travels down the fall from Lake Lotevatnet to the river Grønsdalslona.


A short walk up along the bridge will take you to Espelandsfossen. This waterfall is only 80 meters high, but the high volume of water creates a mist through the valley.


Låtefossbrua is the bridge going past the two waterfalls. The bridge was completed in 1859, but the current one is a later extension built to handle the increased traffic.

How to Get to Låtefossen

  • Flights: Bergen Airport (BGO) is 146 kilometers to the west. It offers both domestic and international flights.
  • Car: Låtefossen is located along Road 13 south of Odda.

The driving distance from 5 major Norwegian cities, according to Google Maps:

  • Oslo – 331 kilometers (4 h 59 min)
  • Bergen – 149 kilometers (2 h 58 min)
  • Trondheim – 661 kilometers (9 h 58 min)
  • Narvik – 1554 kilometers (23 h 34 min)
  • Kirkenes – 2180 kilometers (29 h)

Find out more about other destinations in Norway by visiting our page Exploring Norway

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