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Potholes

Type:Scenic attractions

3854, Nissedal

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girl jumps in water in the giant pots in Nissedal
  • girl jumps in water in the giant pots in Nissedal
  • girl and two boys bathe in the potholes in Nissedal
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  • young people bathing in Jettegrytene (potholes) in Nissedal
  • potholes in Nissedal
  • young people bathing in Jettegrytene (potholes) in Nissedal

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About

The potholes (jettegrytene) in Nissedal are an incredibly beautiful natural phenomenon, you will find in the far south of the municipality, by the small village Eikhom, a mile from  the "Telemarksvegen".

The potholes are round or long depressions in solid rock and have been made of meltwater during the ice age. The river Fyresåna has for ages spun around with stones and gravel in the river bed, which has since been regulated for electricity production. Before the power developers went to work, the giant pots were a well-kept secret underwater. Only when a large part of the water masses were laid in pipes did the round depressions in the river bed become visible.

Popular swimming area
Here you experience nature's own summer country. The giant pots have been a popular bathing spot for the villagers for many years and they are almost like hot springs to count. The area is 300 meters, with hot pots and lovely slides. You will find them located in a narrow valley with rocks on both sides, where the sun gets a really good grip.

The potholes were for a long time a well-kept secret for most people. A full-page report in Aftenposten about the beautiful rock formations, made this change quite drastically. In addition, they were named bathing resort of the year in 1999 by NRK Telemark, Vestfold and Buskerud.

Take good care of this natural gem
The area is very vulnerable. Do not make fires on the rocks, as you may risk the rock cracking. Think environmentally friendly and do not throw rubbish.

Access and parking
A new car park has been created (for a fee of NOK 200, - tip) right after Dynjanfoss power station. The road to the potholes is currently closed with a barrier for an uncertain time.

You can cycle into the potholes, but it can be a bit "tricky" to get the bike over the barrier. If you choose to walk, you can take the shortcut under the timber gutter (it is forbidden to go up in the timber gutter), or walk around the road. The path under the timber gutter is not well marked. It runs partly in rough and demanding terrain, and is not suitable for children under compulsory school age, people with prams, etc. Wear solid footwear, e.g. mountain shoes, solid sneakers and the like.

From Dynjanfoss power station and into the giant pots there are:
- about. 7 km by bike
- about. 2 km on foot under the timber gutter (turn right right after the bridge at Dynjanfoss power station). 

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Norwegiantraveller87
      Oslo, Norway
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Definitively worth a visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 29th October 2020
      Fascinating geological features! I highly recommend this attraction! Even though the last part of the road was closed for cars you can park your car near the gate and walk to the potholes. You can... Read full review
    • ronhT5401CW
      Son en Breugel, The Netherlands
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Beautiful!
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 28th July 2022
      Must see, unique landscape. You need to take quite a long gravel road (by car, there is a car park at the end) which will take you straight to it. Read full review
    • goingwalkabout
      Tonsberg, Norway
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Awesome
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 31st July 2022
      Just like my visit several years ago, this visit was great. They have made a big parking by the power plant (NOK200) and it is around 2km walk one way. The road to the old parking is closed. The path... Read full review

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    Tel: 35045111

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