A beautiful hike in Geirangerfjord, Norway, with gorgeous views and a waterfall you can walk behind. 

Storseterfossen is a must do if you find yourself in Geirangerfjord, Norway. Geirangerfjord is known for it's massive fjord walls, breathtaking cruises, and grand vistas, but one of the best treasures lies just outside of town in the Vesterås valley. 

To get to the trail head drive west, away from the fjord, up route 63. After a few switchbacks there will be a sign for Storseterfossen and take a sharp left onto a single lane dirt road that leads towards the carpark at Vesterås Restaurant, a few feet from the trailhead. The road is narrow and sketchy if you have to pass another car, so drive with caution. We were accompanied by sheep on the road, which made it interesting and entertaining. Drive through the gate (and close it behind you) and keep going until you reach the end.  

There are a few different trails to take to the falls, and I opted for the easier green trail which is about 2km. It's a well marked trail so worry not about getting lost. Follow the trail through an open field, and watch your step for sheep poop. After a few minutes in the field you go through a fence where you reach rock steps, which were laid by sherpas in 2014, making the hike easier. Follow the steps uphill until you reach an open field with views of Vinsåshornet peak, and the cascading river below. There is also a rock feature protruding over the trail which makes for a cool photo op and stunning views. 

From that plateau, the waterfall is a few feet away. It's a short, rocky trail, with a chain fence. Be cautious because the waterfall makes the rocks wet and slippery so feel free to use the chains for support. Once you get behind the falls you will most likely get wet, so be prepared. Since it was summer, it was quite refreshing after the hike up. What makes this hike special is how intimate and secluded it is. 

I recommend three hours for this hike from start to finish. It should take around an hour up and 45 minutes down but depending on the conditions it could be trickier and take longer. Also you have to factor in time behind the waterfall and possibly having a snack at that grassy plateau by the falls. 

Pack List

  • Camera 
  • Tripod
  • Rain jacket 
  • Rain gear for camera/bag etc.
  • GoPro
  • Hiking boots
  • Good vibes!
Show More
RT Distance 2.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1640.4 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Nearby Adventures

More Nearby Adventures

Explore the Trollstigen

The nearest town is the very picturesque Åndalsnes, which lies at entrance of the large Isfjorden along the Rauma River, and is about a 5 and a half hour drive from the capital city of Oslo.

81 Saves

Hike the Besseggen Ridge

To do this trail as a loop, you'll need to take a ferry as either the first leg of your trip, or the last leg.

202 Saves

Hike to Viewpoint of Voss at Kolinseggi Summit

You will drive to the end of Lemmesvegan 151, passing through two gates along the way. This is a drive that you will need directions for if you are not familiar with the Voss area.

28 Saves