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Water gushing out of every creek & crevasse in the valley, a woodsy smell in the air, and pleasing vistas are what Oddadalen Valley greets its tourists with. Odda Valley, Norway wasn’t always a tourist attraction, but its utterly charming beauty and Latefossen—a waterfall that has a free fall of 165 metres—have made it an important stopover along Route 13. Rapids created by this waterfall run along the road, making perfect treat to the eyes as you take misty drive past them.

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Video: Driving along rapids of Latefossen in Oddadalen

The ranging twin falls spray and sprinkle the road between Odda and Haugesund – a surreal strip that is beautified by views of the falls, rapids, immense natural beauty, and unspoiled countryside. The sight of white water cascading down from the rocky outcrops and then flowing on its way, nonchalant, along the road make it one of the most scenic drives not just in Norway, but across the world.

The fall splits into two from the lake atop, created by river Austdølo, and cascade down like mirror images of each other. Though not a very popular attraction in Norway, those passing from this road always stop by to get a glance of this beauty.

What is the best time for scenic drives and sightseeing in Odda Valley, Norway?

The best time to experience the ephemeral beauty of Odda Valley’s waterfalls and greenery is early summer, when the snow has almost melt. This results in ferocious and breathtaking waterfalls dotting the valley. Odda is mainly popular for Latefossen twin falls that meet each other under the gorgeous stone arched bridge and then fall into the river Grønsdalslona.

The valley is located on highway route 13, about 10 km south of Odda in Hordaland county. The easiest way to reach this place is by a car.

Up there, Latefossen is fed by river Austdølo and some lakes on the Hardangervidda mountain. The roaring sound & winding shape of many waterfalls—Strandfoss, Tjørnadalsfoss, Espelandsfoss, Vidfoss, and Latefoss—and the green of the valleys make it one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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Other than its incredibly wonderful waterfalls and the breathtakingly scenic ride, Odda Valley of Norway is also known for scenic hikes and spectacular viewpoints in Hardangerfjord. One can hike through the enchanting Hardangervidda National Park, which also has overnight wood cabins to make your treks and hikes easy. Do we wish to drive along the rapids of Latefossen? If yes, it’s a great time to book a Europe tour package to experience the miracle of nature.

Further Read: 10 Romantic Things To Do In Norway For Couples

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