One of the most dramatic waterfalls in Norway has a new jaw-dropping addition.
The Voringsfossen waterfall has received a new elevated footbridge, which looks like it’s floating on air.
Offering panoramic views of the mountains and the valley underneath, the newly-opened tourist attraction allows visitors to gain a more adrenaline-fuelled perspective of the landscape.
Voringsfossen plunges 182 metres (nearly 600ft) from the Hardangervidda plateau to the Mabodalen valley – so there’s a lot to take in.
At 154ft-long (47m), the bridge is a rather impressive spectacle and features 99 steps which connect the two sides of the beautiful valley.
The structure has been almost a decade in the making and is the brainchild of architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk – who loves exploring connections between architecture, technology, infrastructure and nature.
He commented: ‘Several conditions have influenced the shape of the bridge.
‘The construction needs to be safe and solid, the bridge needs to connect with the old, historic road and the landscape, and of course emphasise the views and experiences.’
Carl-Viggo and his team wanted the design to seamlessly combine the natural world and the man-made bridge. To do so, they closely studied the local landscape and scanned the terrain with digital equipment, to ensure they didn’t damage the environment.
The bridge has been in the works for some time and more developments are expected to take place over the next two years.
In 2018, the first leg of the almighty project was finished with viewpoints, paths, a parking lot and service facilities near the Fossli Hotel. By 2021, new viewpoints and paths are expected to be added and by the following year there are plans for an on-site cafe.
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