Gaula (Sør-Trøndelag)

For other uses, see Gaula.

Gaula River at Kotsøy
Country Norway
Main source Kjølifjellet
950 m (3,120 ft)  above sea level
River mouth Trondheimsfjord
0 m (0 ft)  above sea level
River system Gaula
Basin size 3,661 km2 (1,414 sq mi)[1]
Physical characteristics
Length 145 km (90 mi)

Gaula flows through the Gauldal valley in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. It is the biggest river in Central Norway. The river begins in Holtålen near the mountain Kjølifjellet. It then flows through the municipalities of Holtålen, Midtre Gauldal, and Melhus before emptying into the Trondheimsfjord near Leinstrand on the border between Trondheim and Melhus.[2]

The Gaula River is approximately 145 kilometres (90 mi) long and it drains a watershed of 3,661 square kilometres (1,414 sq mi). On its way it is joined by one large tributary, the Sokna River in the village of Støren in Midtre Gauldal. Other smaller tributaries include the Rugla, Hesja, Holda, Forda and Bua.[1]

Within the Gaula River, there are two well known waterfalls called Gaulfoss close to the village of Hovin and the Eggafoss near the village of Haltdalen.[3][4][5]

In 2005 the Gaula became the best salmon fishing river in Norway with a catch of 37.5 tonnes (36.9 long tons; 41.3 short tons) and 42.5 tonnes (41.8 long tons; 46.8 short tons) in 2008. However, the Gaula is constantly listed among the top 5 salmon fishing rivers in Norway.


  1. 1 2 "NVE - Gaula" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  2. Store norske leksikon. "Gaula" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  3. "NVE - Gaulfoss Chart" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  4. "NVE - Eggafoss Chart" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14.
  5. "Gaula Natursenter" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2011-02-14.

Coordinates: 63°20′33″N 10°13′37″E / 63.34250°N 10.22694°E / 63.34250; 10.22694

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