Norway is a dangerous country
Before planning any journey to Norway one should study first the website of "Visit Norway". This website is available in several languages. "Visit Norway" explains and warns in very clear words that nature is a force and has to be respected. Neglecting the rules of wilderness, the natural laws and forces, creates danger for life.
Every year people die in Norway's nature, because of accidents that could have been avoided. Please, read the website completely, and what I have added here.
The dangerous for life Hivjufossen waterfall in Hovet
In the area of Multerland one can hike to the top of the famous Hivjufossen. It is very easy to find the start of the trail: it is next to the road. This is absolutely one of the reasons so many people go there. During the summer season many buses are parked on the parking place, next to caravans, and cars. On July 25, 2016, an American tourist fell into the waterfall and was found dead after 10 days of searching.
This was the third deadly accident: a Norwegian woman wanted to fill the empty water bottle near the waterfall, but slipped and drowned in the second basin of the huge waterfall. This happened in 1991. In 2007 a Dutch tourist fell into the waterfall and died.
Nowhere one can find warnings, neither instructions or advice.
Neither after the third deadly accident. The turistsjef in Geilo stated that tourists climb over fences, if these fences are there, and between the lines one can read that he blames the dead to be dead. This is a very narrow minded view on safety, creating safety, the duty on creating safety for those who are not informed as it should. One cannot take responsibility for what one does not know. The info is not even on "Visit Norway", not on any website, only here, on my Multerland website.
Not safe for tourists
Magne Holestøl states about the Hivjufossen in the online NRK Buskerud newspaper: "Ikke trygt for turister
": "Not safe for tourists!"
My advice is therefore: do not go there.
If you want to take the dangerous for life risk anyway, print this in your mind:
Be aware of the effect of water on rocks, mosses, and the soles of your shoes. Be aware of the streaming water effect on your eyes. The human balance is based on information of what the eyes observe. Streaming water confuses the eyes, and offers wrong information concerning balance. Do not take water from the waterfall, not even when you are utterly thirsty. Take enough water with you before you start the trail. Be warned that even the trail is dangerous. Be warned that the hike is heavy, and will create thirst.
Another danger is the need for taking photos. The best spots are mostly the most dangerous, and when seeing the majestic waterfall, one forgets the danger and tries anyway. Does one realize the consequences? No.
Advice is not to go there, but in case you do not want to listen to this advice, read at least to the following serious words: take enough water with you, from the car, for the heavy hike up, and back, a trail of 1,5 kilometer that lasts for trained hikers about 40 minutes. Even the hiking trail is dangerous and offers not any safety.
Take your own responsibility
If all my words that I have added here, to prevent a deadly accident, do not reach you, well, then it is only you who can be blamed for your own death or heavy accident. Also for creating dangerous for life situations for those who will be asked to find you from an almost impossible-to-go place. They will not find you alive, but at least your body can be buried.
This Hivjufossen is not the only dangerous waterfall: deadly accidents happen everywhere in Norway, every year.