Bardufoss, Troms County, Norway

About Malselvfossen

Hiking Distance: almost roadside
Suggested Time: 15-20 minutes

Date first visited: 2005-07-07
Date last visited: 2005-07-07

Waterfall Latitude: 69.0357
Waterfall Longitude: 18.65257

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Malselvfossen (Målselvfossen; “MOHLS-elv-foss-un”) was a waterfall that Julie and I made a spontaneous stop for after noticing some signage as we were driving north along the E6 from Narvik towards Storslett.

We noticed that there was quite a bit of infrastructure around this waterfall, which seemed to be really more like a series of rapids than a singular obvious waterfall.

Malselvfossen_002_07072005 - Målselvfossen

In any case, the falls was said to be 22m high over a length of 650m.

And it provided us with an opportunity to enjoy a waterfall while getting some stretching and resting done before continuing on the long drive further to Norway’s far north.

Norway’s National Waterfall?

I had read that Malselvfossen was once considered to be Norway’s national waterfall.

I was a little perplexed and unclear as to why that was the case.

However, it could very well be because it was said to have historically produced large yields of salmon, which was a very important means of sustenance in this part of the country.

And given the presence of some fish and tackle supply shops in the built-up car park area (see directions below), I believe this place was still a popular fishing spot.

Even the signage that got our attention along the E6 certainly attested to the importance of this waterfall.

Experiencing Målselvfossen

Malselvfossen_004_07072005 - Looking in the downstream direction from Målselvfossen
Looking in the downstream direction from Målselvfossen

Julie and I went on a walk from the large car park, where we followed a well-used path skirting alongside the Mål River (Målselva), which ultimately ended alongside Målselvfossen.

Even though we already started to see the falls in its context near the start of the walk, I reckoned we had a better look closeup along this walk.

And as a bonus, we also got a closer look at the salmon ladder allowing the laks to bypass this waterfall and rapids so they could continue further upstream.

It took us no more than 15 minutes to both walk to and view the falls.


Malselvfossen resides in the Målselv Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.

Malselvfossen_001_07072005 - Lots of buildings near the large car park for Målselvfossen
Malselvfossen_007_07072005 - Looking downstream from Målselvfossen with a slight rainbow
Malselvfossen_017_07072005 - Looking across Målselvfossen where we saw a slight rainbow within its mist
Malselvfossen_004_jx_07072005 - More frontal and closer view of Målselvfossen
Malselvfossen_005_jx_07072005 - Looking a little further downstream from Målselvfossen
Malselvfossen_007_jx_07072005 - Jagged rocks flanking the top of the rapids of Målselvfossen
Malselvfossen_019_07072005 - Contextual angled view of Målselvfossen from the walkway alongside its salmon ladder

Since Julie and I arrived at Målselvfossen from Narvik, we’ll describe the route from that city (even though I’m sure there were other built-up cities or towns closer to the falls).

From Narvik, we drove about 110km northeast along the E6 until we reached the junction with the Route 87. By this time, we had seen at least one or two signs for Målselvfossen, which probably got us to go ahead and make a detour to visit this falls instead of continuing further north to Storslett nonstop. Anyways, we turned right onto the Route 87, then we followed it for about 8km to a three-way intersection. Following the signs, we then turned left where we then drove another 3km to the built-up car park for the falls.

It was worth noting that another 9km north of the E6/Rv87 turnoff was the town of Andselv, which also had its own neighbouring river waterfall called Bardufossen (which we missed).

Just to get a sense of the geography here, the neighbouring towns or cities to Andselv are Bardufoss (19km south along E6 from the Rv87 turnoff), Narvik (102km south along E6 from the Rv87 turnoff), and Tromsø (137km north of Andselv along both the E6 and E8 highways). To further give you context, Narvik was 901km (13 hours drive) north of Trondheim and 1400km (19.5 hours drive) north of Oslo.

Find A Place To Stay

Related Top 10 Lists

No Posts Found

Tagged with: bardufoss, malselv, andselv, narvik, troms, tromso, northern norway, norway, waterfall, salmon, ladder

Visitor Comments:

Got something you'd like to share or say to keep the conversation going? Feel free to leave a comment below...

Nils Foshaug (Målselvfossen) October 8, 2008 3:24 am by Jim Tata - Malselvfossen is the most beautiful place on earth. I spent time there with a local expert named Nils Foshaug. His knowledge of the area was excellent, and he made the history of this special part of northern Norway come alive. ...Read More

Share your thoughts about what you've read on this page

You must be logged in to submit content. Refresh this page after you have logged in.

Visitor Reviews of this Waterfall:

If you have a waterfall story or write-up that you'd like to share, feel free to click the button below and fill out the form...

Ken Foshaug (Målselvfossen) December 15, 2008 2:40 am by Ken Foshaug - My last name is derived from this area of Norway. Foshaug - Fos meaning waterfall and haug meaning hill. My Great-great-great grandfather moved from southern Norway to the Malselv valley in the early 1800's and built a homestead on the hill northwest of the [Malselv waterfall] - hence the name derivation. I traveled to this… ...Read More

Have you been to a waterfall? Submit a write-up/review and share your experiences or impressions

Review A Waterfall

Nearest Waterfalls

The Waterfaller Newsletter

The Waterfaller Newsletter is where we curate the wealth of information on the World of Waterfalls website and deliver it to you in bite-sized chunks in your email inbox. You'll also get exclusive content like...

  • Waterfall Wednesdays
  • Insider Tips
  • User-submitted Waterfall Write-up of the Month
  • and the latest news and updates both within the website as well as around the wonderful world of waterfalls

How To Build A Profitable Travel Blog In 4 Steps

Johnny Cheng

About Johnny Cheng

Johnny Cheng is the founder of the World of Waterfalls and author of the award-winning A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls. Over the last 2 decades, he has visited thousands of waterfalls in over 40 countries around the world and nearly 40 states in the USA.
Read More About Johnny | A Guide to New Zealand Waterfalls.