Mollisfossen

Reisa National Park, Troms County, Norway

About Mollisfossen


Hiking Distance: tour
Suggested Time: 2.5-3 hours

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

Waterfall Latitude: 69.36132
Waterfall Longitude: 21.83236

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Mollisfossen was perhaps our favorite of the waterfalls we had encountered north of the Arctic Cricle so far.

It was said to have a total drop of 269m that started off with upper cascades before making its final plunge into the Reisa Valley (Reisadalen) as you see in the photo immediately below.

In order to even reach this waterfall, we had to take a traditional riverboat (which were really more like motorized canoes) up the Reisa River, but that involved a big of logistics to contend with.

Mollisfossen_019_jx_07072005 - Mollisfossen
Mollisfossen

Otherwise without the riverboat option, just getting to this waterfall would be a very taxing 8-hour hike leading to an overlook of the falls from the rim of Reisadalen.

Viewing the falls this way would allow us to see the upper cascades of the falls (at least I knew it was possible from a photo on a brochure I came across in the visitor center in Storslett).

Further upstream along the Reisa River, there was said to be another waterfall called Imofossen, which we didn’t get a chance to do.

Our riverboat trip to this waterfall almost didn’t happen due to logistical complications.

Logistical Complications

It turned out that we needed help from the friendly receptionist at the Storslett Norlandia Hotel to help us make a call to one of the boat operators (especially since the guy on the phone didn’t speak English, which was actually the first instance of this on our trip).

During our July 2005 visit, the boat ride costed 1200kr per boatload (which could take up to 4-5 people with the cost shared amongst the participants).

Mollisfossen_008_07072005 - On the traditional riverboat as we navigated upstream on the Reisaelva River
On the traditional riverboat as we navigated upstream on the Reisaelva River

Unfortunately for us, our boatload only consisted of Julie and I so this tour wasn’t cheap.

Besides, we had come all the way out to this remote part of Northern Norway so if money was the only thing holding us back, we bit the bullet and went for it.

And we were glad that we did!

So after all was said and done, we had arranged to meet at the banks of the Reisa River at this place called Saraelv.

Once we saw the boat operator (who spoke little to no English and was probably the same guy we spoke to on the phone), we braved the wasps and mozzies to get right onto the boat after paying the operator in hard cash of Norwegian kroners.

And with that, we sat in the lawn chairs set up on the canoe by the driver, and we were headed upstream.

The River Boat Ride into Reisa National Park

The boat ride up Reisaelva took about 30-45 minutes on average each way.

Mollisfossen_017_07072005 - Some intermediate waterfall seen on the river boat en route to Mollisfossen
Some intermediate waterfall seen on the river boat en route to Mollisfossen

It actually took longer on the way there since we were going against the current.

The river seemed shallow in spots, but the operator skillfully avoided rocks and shoals even though it seemed like we had lots of close calls.

Along the boat ride, we were flanked by the moderate-sized cliff walls with a few small waterfalls along the way.

Eventually, we started to see parts of Mollisfossen plunging high above the trees along the banks of the river.

Spending Time at the Base of Mollisfossen

Once we docked at the trail leading to the base of the falls, the boat operator gave us a few minutes to spend before we had to return to the boat.

As Julie and I did the short walk from the boat to the base of Mollisfossen, we saw that there were many wildflowers blooming in the grassy area before the falls as well as a beautiful rainbow arcing across its misty base.

Mollisfossen_030_07072005 - Our late afternoon visit to Mollisfossen was near perfect as we saw a beautiful rainbow fronting its base
Our late afternoon visit to Mollisfossen was near perfect as we saw a beautiful rainbow fronting its base

We also had to contend with a few wasps (including one that wouldn’t leave me alone), which was probably about the only thing that kept this place from being a complete nirvana.

There were also some Norwegian locals picnicking here as well (as they also took a boat tour similar to what we did).

After having our fill of Mollisfossen, we then returned to the boat operator who then took us back to Saraelv.

The overall amount of time we spent on this excursion was between 2.5- to 3 hours.

From there, we drove back to Storslett, but not before we started to notice quite a few waterfalls throughout Reisadalen between Saraelv and Storslett that for some reason we didn’t notice on the way in.

Authorities

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

Mollisfossen_005_07072005 - Clear water beneath us showing how shallow the Reisaelva river was
Mollisfossen_013_07072005 - Continuing further up the scenic Reisaelva River in Reisa National Park
Mollisfossen_014_07072005 - Another riverboat with passengers going the other way on the Reisa National Park
Mollisfossen_008_jx_07072005 - Looking up at a pretty significant waterfall around the half-way or two-thirds point of the riverboat ride
Mollisfossen_019_07072005 - The valley walls started to close in the further upstream we went on the Reisaelva River
Mollisfossen_021_07072005 - After the hypnotic boat ride, seeing Mollifossen definitely took us out of our trance
Mollisfossen_022_07072005 - Julie starting the walk to Mollisfossen
Mollisfossen_025_07072005 - Wildflowers blooming on the grassy area before the base of Mollisfossen
Mollisfossen_023_jx_07072005 - A group of people picnicking before the base of Mollisfossen
Mollisfossen_045_07072005 - After visiting Mollisfossen, now it was time to take the riverboat downstream, which went much quicker than going upstream
Mollisfossen_047_07072005 - We noticed this thin waterfall as we were headed downstream
Rv_865_001_jx_07072005 - As we drove back towards Storslett from Saraelv, we started to notice these giant waterfalls coming down the walls of Reisadalen
Rv_865_003_jx_07072005 - This distant but powerful waterfall was another giant that we noticed as we were driving north out of Reisadalen towards Storslett
Rv_865_004_jx_07072005 - Looking up towards some other waterfall plunging off the cliffs of Reisadalen as we were driving north to Storslett from Saraelv

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The nearest main town to Reisa National Park was Storslett, which was about 312km (under 5 hours drive) north of Narvik and 178km (2.5 hours drive) southwest of Alta; both along the E6. Storslett was also 137km (3.5 hours drive) east of Tromsø

From Storslett, we then headed south on Road 865 for about 44km to either Bilto or Saraelv (we did the latter). This road eventually degenerated into unpaved road towards the end of the drive. There was a rough unpaved road before Saraelv, which branched off the main unpaved road on the south side of the Reisa River (that other route led to a more formal car park, but the boat operator had us park in a more hidden clearing instead). It was here where we met with our river boat guide, but it was also here that the trail into the Reisa Valley began.

Overall, we spent about 60-75 minutes driving from Storslett to Saraelv.

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