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Breimegåfossen
   Møre Og Romsdal, Norway

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This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
Photo of Breimegåfossen As with many of the significant waterfalls in Eikesdalen Breimegåfossen has been harnessed for power generation, its stream diverted to add to the capacity of the Aura hydroelectric system. In its naturally occurring form, the stream Breimegå cascades down the side of Eikesdalen in a boisterous horsetail-style fall of about 1,460 feet which gradually becomes wider and wider as it falls. Before the Aura hydroelectric system was constructed the falls were among the most spectacular in the area, perhaps bested only by the two falls of the Mardøla. With the stream diverted into the nearby Aursjøen (Aura Reservoir) Breimegåfossen will revert to a dry streambed for significant periods of the year. However, as the basin feeding the Breimegå is significant in size, and a second diversion from the nearby Høvla is diverted into the Breimegå, the capacity of the diversion can easily be exceeded during the spring and summer and as a result the falls will still flow with force during the snow melt seasons.
Hydroelectric Integration
This waterfall has been incorporated into a hydroelectric scheme and as a result may not flow consistently year round.


HISTORY AND NAMES


  • Breimegåfossen is the Official name of this waterfall


Our thoughts


Pictures from the early 1900s showed Breimegåfossen to be a powerhouse of a waterfall, veiling down a broad expanse before entering into the Aura River. While the falls turned out to be slightly smaller than we expected, the simple fact that we found them flowing nearly at capacity when we surveyed the area in June 2011 was one of the highlights of our trip. Visitors to the Eikesdalen would be well advised to drive at least as far as this waterfall on the off-chance that it may be flowing.

Location and directions


From the junction of Routes 62 and 660 in the town of Nesset, follow Route 660 south for almost 17km to the small town of Eresfjord and turn left onto Route 192, which is signed for Eikesdalen and Mardalsfossen. Follow Route 192 for 6km then bear left onto Route 191, still watching for signs for Eikesdalen and Mardalsfossen. Follow Route 191 for another 31km to where the road forks, the left crossing the Aura River and the right marking the beginning of the Aursjøvegen, a steep winding mountain road (with a toll) which traverses the high plateau of Døvrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park to Sunndalsøra. Breimegåfossen will be directly in front of the beginning of the Aursjøvegen. The best views of the falls we found were from the opposite side of the river from the fork in the road.

Breimegåfossen is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.

Additional Nearby Waterfalls


Name of Waterfall Distance
Høvlafossen 1.27 mi / 2.03 km
Tverrgrovfossen 1.58 mi / 2.53 km
Aurstaupet 2.24 mi / 3.59 km
Kjotånafossen 2.98 mi / 4.77 km

 

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Photography tips


The falls face northeast and will see direct sunlight in the morning hours. During periods of peak flow expect spray to be a substantial issue if attempting to shoot from near the base of the falls (it isn't a problem from the bridge over the Aura River).

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