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Mardalsfossen, Nesset Municipality

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Mardalsfossen is one of the ten highest waterfalls in Europe. It is located in the municipality of Nesset in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The falls are on the Mardøla river which flows into the lake Eikesdalsvatnet, about northwest of the village of Eikesdalen. The waterfall is depicted in Nesset's coat-of-arms.The total fall is according to SSB, according to World Waterfall Database. It consists of two large drops and several smaller ones lower down. The highest vertical drop, which is, is one of the tallest in Norway. It is on average wide. It is a tiered waterfall.The water, which has been tapped for hydroelectric use, flows over the falls during the summer tourist season of 20 June to 20 August. At other times the water is channeled through the hydroelectric scheme. The highest rate of flow ever recorded in the falls is. Currently in the summers, the flow limited to less than.In 1970 Arne Næss, the Norwegian founder of the Deep Ecology movement, tied himself with 300 others in protest against the building of a dam and the subsequent removal of the waterfall.From summer 2014 Antony Gormley’s Another Time is on view in the mist from the waterfall. Due to the immense success of the project, the exhibition has been extended to 20 August 2015. The show is curated by Be Andr and is sponsored by Nesset Municipality, Nesset Sparebank, Nesset Kraft AS, Kverneland Bil and Galleri Opdahl. Accompanying the installation is a limited edition book which includes a foreword by Marit Wadsten focussing on the Mardøla campaign of 1970 and the development of resources in Eikesdal; an essay by Eckhard Schneider, director of the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, which explores the artist’s practice; and finally a conversation between Antony Gormley and the project's curator Be Andr.
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  • Directions to the waterfall Mardalsfossen is charged, at the entrance to the parking lot is an automaton, where you can pay by card. Parking is great, there is also a café with a toilet, but not free. The road to the waterfall built ground, good quality. The only difficulty is in it it is necessary to constantly rise up. On the road on both sides is growing a beautiful forest with huge rocks and oddly shaped trees. The road goes along the River with Rapids, on the road, sometimes there are seats and tables for your vacation. For man is not prepared for upgrades and elderly sometimes hard to go at a fast pace, but eventually to the waterfall can be reached in an hour and a half. View of Mardalsfossen is impressive, beautiful waterfall. Waterfall girl reminded us, has hands up close to him not to approach, powerful jets of water at a great distance pour all water droplets. Access to it is opened from 20 June to 20 August. At other times it is used for the power plant.
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  • Took a stop by to see the Philudoria Valley on the Mardalsfossen, and what an experience! Was a sunny day, and only the drive itself along the fjord had been worth the whole trip. But the falls the whole experience, topped it was wild and wonderful. It cost 30 ENOUGH to run into, and it was relatively good parking space. In the parking lot, it was both the kiosk and toilet. The path up was very good and well maintained, but if one would want to go all the way up to the waterfall so it is recommended more sporty clothes then further inland, it is more of a nature trail and a need good, stable shoe. And maybe also a rain jacket when you have to expect to get wet if you take the trip all the way. Highly recommended, just remember to be there between late June and mid-august when the waterfall "closing" the rest of the year.
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  • When we got there in the middle of september, the waterfall and Rapids is not something to cheer for, but everything around was absolutely wonderful! Clearly worth to go there, for the way there by the road next to the Lake was absolutely magical. The water was completely calm. Wide gravel road to the falls, and although it was a steep climb it went smoothly to go up! Worth considering is the toll to get to the parking lot at the rapids.
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