The salmon staircase in Kvåsfossen, Sørnorsk Laksesenter, consist of concrete stairs built into a 220 metre long tunnel at the Kvås waterfall in Kvås, Lyngdal. They enable the salmon to swim up the river to lay their eggs. There is a viewing glass room where visitors can see the salmon.
The stairs cost 13 million kroner to build and the idea is that the salmon can swim up the river to lay their eggs because in the past a large stone was blocking the entrance.
There is a large glass viewing room where people can go in and see the salmon swimming up the stairs. Lights make it easy to see the fish and the tunnel is also lit.
It is the longest of its kind in Norway and at the opening on Monday the 4th of August 2014, there were over 300 people in attendance. The environment minister, Mayors from Lyngdal and Hægebostad were also there including local newspapers and TV stations.
It is located on route 43 from Lyngdal and is very easy to find. From Lyngdal, you simply follow the Lygna river all the way up to the waterfall. On the way you will pass various tourist attractions including Kvelland Winery and camping places.
The waterfall is located on the left side of the road if you are driving from Lyngdal about 15 kilometres from the centre of Lyngdal. There is a large carpark where the road sign "Kvåsfossen" is.