Kafjorden Waterfalls - "Ytre Isfossen", "Indre Isfossen", "Bafossen", "Oksefossen", etc.

Kafjord Municipality / Gaivuotna Municipality, Troms County, Norway

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'Ytre Isfossen' (right) and 'Indre Isfossen' (left) seen across Kåfjorden

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INTRODUCTION

The Kafjorden Waterfalls page (more accurately spelled Kåfjorden in Norwegian or Gáivuotna in Sami) was a page where I'm attributing the waterfalls we've seen as we were driving the E6 highway. One thing worth mentioning is that there were other place names of Kåfjord (especially in the far north of Norway in Finnmark and Alta Counties), but the one we're talking about here was right besides the Lyngen Channel almost directly across from the Lyngen Alps in Troms County. Even with that bit of confusion cleared up, it was hard to write about the waterfalls here because none of the waterfalls we encountered were formally named. So I had to do a little detective work to figure out which waterfall belonged to what stream. In any case, the waterfalls we saw along Kåfjorden were simply too beautiful to ignore (as you can see from the photo at the top of this page and the rest of this page), and we just had to spread the love.

Since Julie and I better appreciated this drive when we were heading south from Storslett towards Tromsø passing through Kåfjorden in the process, we will describe the waterfalls in the order we saw them in this direction (mostly from across the fjord itself). If you were driving north along the E6, you don't really start getting good views of any of the waterfalls until you're on the north side of the fjord. Perhaps the most conspicuous of the waterfalls we saw here was a pair of falls tumbling side-by-side each other on the Ytre Iselva ("Outer Ice River"?) and Indre Iselva ("Inner Ice River"?), which is shown in the photo above. For that reason, I'll go by the informal names of "Ytre Isfossen" and "Indre Isfossen". There were also associated Sami names, but we'll stick with the Norwegian names just to keep it simple.

We'll get into this and each of the other waterfalls we've documented in the photo journal. By the way, we're also including the Lyngen Alps in this writeup since the Grand Tetons-like beauty across the channel as we were driving the E6 was also too beautiful to ignore. It made sense to include the Lyngen Alps in this page given its relative close proximity to Kåfjorden.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking across the Lyngen Channel towards the dramatic Lyngen Alps, which very much reminded me of the way the skyline of the Grand Tetons rise above Jackson Lake in WyomingLooking across the Lyngen Channel towards the dramatic Lyngen Alps, which very much reminded me of the way the skyline of the Grand Tetons rise above Jackson Lake in Wyoming
I called this waterfall 'Oksefossen' since it was on the river Okseelva as we briefly went into KåfjorddalenI called this waterfall 'Oksefossen' since it was on the river Okseelva as we briefly went into Kåfjorddalen
Looking across Kåfjorden towards the hamlet and valley of SkarvdalenLooking across Kåfjorden towards the hamlet and valley of Skarvdalen
The waterfalls of Kåfjorden were amongst the last waterfalls that we saw before ending our 2005 Norway trip in TromsøThe waterfalls of Kåfjorden were amongst the last waterfalls that we saw before ending our 2005 Norway trip in Tromsø
As we headed south from Storslett along the E6, we noticed this roadside waterfallAs we headed south from Storslett along the E6, we noticed this roadside waterfall

While driving south along the E6 from Storslett towards Kåfjorden, we started to see the Lyngen Alps behind this farm or fisheryWhile driving south along the E6 from Storslett towards Kåfjorden, we started to see the Lyngen Alps behind this farm or fishery

The dramatic drive south along the E6 with the Lyngen Alps in the backgroundThe dramatic drive south along the E6 with the Lyngen Alps in the background

This blurry photo of the first waterfall we noticed across Kåfjorden might be on Bjørkelva (Bjørkelvfossen?)This blurry photo of the first waterfall we noticed across Kåfjorden might be on Bjørkelva (Bjørkelvfossen?)

Looking over this tin-roofed house along Kåfjorden towards this waterfall I believe is on the Båelva (Båfossen?)Looking over this tin-roofed house along Kåfjorden towards this waterfall I believe is on the Båelva (Båfossen?)

More direct look at what I'm calling BåfossenMore direct look at what I'm calling Båfossen

Looking back at a waterfall I'm calling Båfossen as we headed further east to the head of KåfjordenLooking back at a waterfall I'm calling Båfossen as we headed further east to the head of Kåfjorden

Looking across Kåfjorden towards this thin waterfall that I think is on Melkelva ('Melkfossen'?)Looking across Kåfjorden towards this thin waterfall that I think is on Melkelva ('Melkfossen'?)

This impressive waterfall I believe is on the Okseelva is what I'm calling 'Oksefossen'.  This wasn't on the fjord Kåfjorden per se as we had to go a little further into Kåfjorddalen to see itThis impressive waterfall I believe is on the Okseelva is what I'm calling 'Oksefossen'. This wasn't on the fjord Kåfjorden per se as we had to go a little further into Kåfjorddalen to see it

More direct look at what I'm calling 'Oksefossen'More direct look at what I'm calling 'Oksefossen'

Now we were on the south side of Kåfjorden along the E6 and we got a closeup look at this waterfall though I'm not sure which stream it belonged toNow we were on the south side of Kåfjorden along the E6 and we got a closeup look at this waterfall though I'm not sure which stream it belonged to

Around the time we were either leaving or had already left Kåfjorden, Julie got this partial view of some other waterfall whose stream we can't pinpointAround the time we were either leaving or had already left Kåfjorden, Julie got this partial view of some other waterfall whose stream we can't pinpoint

On the day before, we were driving north towards Kåfjorden and we caught a glimpse of this fairly sizable waterfall but we didn't know which stream it belonged toOn the day before, we were driving north towards Kåfjorden and we caught a glimpse of this fairly sizable waterfall but we didn't know which stream it belonged to

On the day before, we were driving north towards Kåfjorden so this was one of our first photos of the waterfall pair 'Ytre og Indre Isfossen'On the day before, we were driving north towards Kåfjorden so this was one of our first photos of the waterfall pair 'Ytre og Indre Isfossen'


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The 20km stretch of road in particular where you can see the waterfalls on this page are from the E6 between Olderdalen and Birtavarre or Kåfjordbotn along the northern shores of Kåfjorden. It was about 94km along the E6 between the E8/E6 junction at Nordkjosbotn to Birtavarre. Going in the other direction, it was about 47km on the E6 between Storslett and Olderdalen.

For some context, Olderdalen was 90km (nearly 3 hours drive with ferry crossings) east of Tromsø and 290km (4 hours drive) north of Narvik.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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