On August 21st, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration started a new Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction with a stair bridge over the Vøringsfossen waterfall in the Hardangerfjord area.
Vøringsfossen is maybe the best-known waterfall in Norway, with large quantities of water plunging 182 meters (597 ft) down from the Hardangervidda plateau to the Måbødalen valley. The waterfall and the exciting transition between fjord and mountain plateau make for a grand impression.
The bridge is designed by architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk, and the building phase represents a long tradition of examining the fields between architecture, technology, infrastructure, and nature.
“Several conditions have influenced the shape of the bridge. The construction needs to safe and solid; the bridge needs to connect with the old, historic road and the landscape; and of course, emphasize the views and experiences” says Hølmebakk. The bridge has a range of 47 meters (154 ft) and has 99 steps.
The expansion of the tourist icon Vøringsfossen has happened step by step over many years to make sure that visitors and the local tourism industry can use the project as it is being completed. The first part of the project was completed in 2018 and incorporated viewpoints, paths, parking lot, and service departments near the Fossli Hotel.
By 2021, there will be even more new viewpoints and paths added.