Låtefossen near Odda at the foot of the Hardangervidda

Latefossen, Låtevossen, Odda, Hardanger, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar

Coming from the most dramatic section of one of the most beautiful landscape routes, Ryfylke, after a long drive into the valley we reach one of the most impressive and beautiful waterfalls in Norway, the Låtefossen. Låtevossen is also one of the highlights of the Hardanger landscape route and a place that I was particularly looking forward to when planning my trip.

Låtefossen near Odda at the foot of the Hardangervidda

First we notice a rather impressive waterfall on the left, opposite the rushing torrent, but before we look for a stop, we pass a small viaduct, on the right side of which the Låtefossen with all its might.

Latefossen, Låtevossen, Odda, Hardanger, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar

Latefossen, Låtevossen, Odda, Hardanger, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar | © mare.photo

There is ample parking right by the torrent, and with a lack of understanding we observe how people stop, get out, snap, get in, continue driving in the dovecote. Five minutes for one of the countless sights, how can you internalize Låtefossen?

Låtefossen is considered the king of the Norwegian waterfalls, in fact there are two. So he speaks of the twin waterfall, which rushes into the valley from a height of 165 meters. The melt and rain water from the Hardangervidda is constantly coming down into the valley.

Låtefossen is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Norway

People flocked here in droves as early as the 19th century and it is hardly surprising that a hotel was built at the southern end of Låtefossen.

Latefossen, Låtevossen, Odda, Hardanger, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar

Latefossen, Låtevossen, Odda, Hardanger, Leica M Elmarit 2.8 28 asph., Kodak Ektar | © mare.photoBuilt in 1896 + 1897 and operated as such until 1937. Even then, the seasonal business was difficult and so it was renovated in 1947. But in the end the small hotel fell into disrepair. Today only the remains of the hotel ruins give an indication of the past tourist magnet.

Låtefossen is still one of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway. We stopped here for a few hours and tried to absorb this moment, this environment, with our soul and to hold it within us.

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