Brekkefossen Waterfall

Visitors to Flam, Norway are greeted with an abundance of adventures to enjoy during their stay. One of the local favorites is the Brekkefossen Waterfall. Although it isn’t the largest or tallest waterfall in the area, its location (just 2 kilometers) from the city center makes it a must-see attraction for visitors. The hike is short and sweet, and takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes to get to the main waterfall viewpoint. But don’t let the distance fool you. The hike is short, steep and sweet, offering stunning views of the waterfall, Flam and Sognefjord.

From the country road, follow the wooden sign to the Brekkefossen Waterfall. The waterfall is visible from the road, half-hidden behind a wooded knoll. The trail ascends into rugged cow pastures, heading towards the trees. Marked by a series of red-painted Ts on rocks and trees, the rocky trail quickly gains elevation alongside a forested ridge. Soon, the small city of Flam is visible through the trees, showing just how much elevation you’ve gained. The trail switchbacks up the rocky knoll, traversing through wooded cow pasture.

After nearly 20 minutes of hiking, the trail opens up on a grassy ledge, affording views of the valley. Adventurous hikers can make their way down the mossy rocks to the base of the waterfall, while photographers can enjoy the one-of-a-kind view of Flam, nestled within the rugged landscape.

Brekkefossen Waterfall

Allot 20-30 minutes to walk to the waterfall. Roundtrip time: about 1 hour.

Brekkefossen Waterfall

Directions: From downtown Flam, cross the bridge and take a left at the intersection. Walk past the hostel, towards the highway. Cross the highway and continue alongside the road for approximately 1.5 kilometers. A wooden sign marks the turnoff for the Brekkefossen Waterfall Trail.

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