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Take in Norway’s Vøringsfossen Waterfall From This Freakish New Bridge

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by Tim Wenger Aug 26, 2020

Visitors to Norway now have a new way to enjoy the barreling wonder of one the country’s top attractions, the Vøringsfossen Waterfall. From a state-of-the-art pedestrian bridge that spans across the canyon, you can gaze up to the Hardangervidda plateau and down to the Måbødalen valley from above the waterfall in a surreal experience that blends the beauty of nature with the exquisite wonder of modern architecture. The footbridge is hung 164 feet (50 meters) above the waterfall and spans about 154 feet in length from point to point. Its most unique feature, however, is that the bridge is set at an incline. If you cross it, you’ll ascend and descend a total of 99 stairs.

With a drop of nearly 600 feet, the iconic Vøringsfossen Waterfall stands as the premier attraction along one of the country’s official 18 Scenic Routes, Hardangervidda, and is the most visited waterfall in the entire country. It’s located near the small town of Eidfjord, about 4.5 hours northeast of Oslo.

Designer Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk developed the master plan for the bridge, which has taken 10 years to build. New viewpoints are to be added in 2021, but the bridge is open for your next visit to the fjords of Norway — should you dare to cross it, that is.

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