Hydnefossen - ice climbing
The first thing an ice climber notices in Hemsedal is Hydnefossen with its 200 metres of free fall. In Norway, Hydnefossen is one of the country's absolute ice classics and was first climbed as early as 1979.
How to get there
Hydnefossen waterfall is clearly visible south of the Rv 52 motorway when driving to Hemsedal from Gol. You turn off towards the Langeset waste facility and park under the waterfall.
Park under the waterfall in such a way that it does not obstruct ploughing, milk trucks and large express vehicles.
We recommend buying the book Hemsedal Ice, which you can find at Hemsedal Turistkonter, Moh Sport and online.
Recommend booking a climbing guide if you have not climbed here before.
This is one of the most classic waterfalls in Norway. Fantastically steady and steep climbing in three long rope lengths, with opportunities for many spectacular variations. The waterfall is a mighty sight and is about as wide as it is tall.
The path of least resistance is in the middle, where the waterfall begins with a huge cone of ice, about 20 metres high. The ice that forms in Hydnefossen is usually very rich in formation, which invites creative and exciting climbing.
The westerly winds usually form a large scrape at the top of the waterfall and most rope teams abseil down the same way they climbed up. The approach takes about an hour, add another hour if there is a lot of snow and no tracks from other climbers. Be aware of avalanche danger on both the approach and return.
Detailed route descriptions, maps and other useful information can be found in the guidebook "Hemsedal ICE". It is available from the Hemsedal tourist office and local sports shops.
We recommend booking a climbing guide if you have not climbed here before.