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New attraction in Norway: the stair bridge over the Vøringsfossen waterfall

The Norwegian Scenic Routes have one more spectacular attraction: In the Hardangerfjord region in western Norway, a 47-meter-long stair bridge with 99 steps has been opened, which leads directly over the Vøringsfossen waterfall and is probably unique in this form worldwide.

The Vøringsfossen is one of the most famous waterfalls in Norway: Not far from Bergen, gigantic water masses over 182 meters pour from the Hardangervidda plateau into the Måbødalen valley. The sight is breathtaking, especially when the snow melts in spring, when the river carries more than 150 cubic meters of water per second. The Vøringsfossen is very easy to reach because the main road 7, which connects Oslo with Bergen, passes almost directly.

A large-scale project was started a few years ago to establish the waterfall as one of the tourist icons in Norway. The first stage with viewpoints, paths, parking lots and service facilities near the Fossli Hotel was completed in 2018. The bridge has now followed – and further viewpoints and paths are to be added by 2021. A YouTube video of the Norwegian Scenic Routes shows Vøringsfossen in all its beauty – and Norway’s new stair bridge.

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Photos: Harald Christian Eiken /

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