Navitfossen and Roykfossen

Sorstraumen, Troms County, Norway

About Navitfossen and Roykfossen


Hiking Distance: about 500m round trip (Navitfossen only); about 2.8km round trip (both waterfalls)
Suggested Time: 30 minutes (Navitfossen only); 60-90 minutes (both waterfalls)

Date first visited: 2019-07-05
Date last visited: 2019-07-05

Waterfall Latitude: 69.78738
Waterfall Longitude: 21.90801

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Navitfossen was a waterfall that we used as an excuse to break up the long drive between Tromsø and Alta.

In Northern Norway, getting from place to place requires long distance driving so we needed waterfalling stops like this.

Navitfossen_092_07052019 - Røykfossen dropping some 30m on the Navitelva
Røykfossen dropping some 30m on the Navitelva

That said, while we anticipated doing a quick detour to visit this waterfall, I managed to extend the excursion to an even better waterfall – Røykfossen!

According to the topo maps, from what I could tell, the Navitfossen had a cumulative drop of around 15m on the Navitelva.

We did a pretty short 500m round trip hike and scramble to better experience Navitfossen, which we’ll get into shortly.

Around 1.2km further upstream, the Navitelva made a roughly 30m drop over the Roykfossen (or more accurately, Røykfossen – the Smoke Falls).

Navitfossen_048_07052019 - Looking directly at Navitfossen from the shores of Navuotna or Kvænangen
Looking directly at Navitfossen from the shores of Navuotna or Kvænangen

I’ll describe that hike later on in this page.

The Navitfossen Experience

After finding a clearing across from the Navitfoss Camping (see directions below), we started on the short hike leading down to the Navitfossen.

The walk started off down a rough tractor path before we noticed clearings and narrower footpaths branching off leading closer to Navitelva.

The first of these paths brought us to the brink of Navitfossen, where we also spotted a few upper tiers closer to the road bridge.

Navitfossen_026_07052019 - Julie and Tahia looking over the main drop of Navitfossen. Notice the flume on the opposite side of the Navitelva
Julie and Tahia looking over the main drop of Navitfossen. Notice the flume on the opposite side of the Navitelva

With a little more careful maneuvering on the narrow use trails around the brink of the falls, we managed to get some in-your-face views of the wide and loud waterfall.

We noticed across the river that there was a flume where logs could have been floated down to the Navuotna (the Sami name of the inlet the Navitelva emptied into) to avoid the inevitable damage had the logs gone over the turbulent waterfall.

The scrambling paths eventually descended steeply to the shores of Navuotna (also called Kvænangen in Norwegian), where the path converged with the rough tractor path that we had ditched earlier.

It was from down here that I managed to get the most direct views of Navitfossen though I wasn’t keen on scrambling any further upstream.

Navitfossen_040_07052019 - Closer look at the flume across the Navitelva, which was formerly used to move timber towards a sawmill at the bottom
Closer look at the flume across the Navitelva, which was formerly used to move timber towards a sawmill at the bottom

Apparently there also used to be a sawmill down here that once harnessed the power of Navitelva to manipulate the timber came via the flumes we saw.

However, we didn’t see it during our visit in July 2019, and it made me wonder if had been destroyed over the years.

The Røykfossen Experience

After having our fill of Navitfossen, I then went on a hike towards Roykfossen.

I started off by walking back across the road bridge (getting a top down view of Navitfossen in the process) before reaching the turnoff on the left.

Navitfossen_071_07052019 - Looking down over Navitfossen from the road bridge as the Navitelva fed into the Navuotna Inlet
Looking down over Navitfossen from the road bridge as the Navitelva fed into the Navuotna Inlet

At this turnoff, there was a fairly large clearing, which is where I’d imagine was meant for public parking for those wishing to hike further upstream.

Although the signs here pointed the way to Geitfjelltinden (with no mention of the other waterfall), I kept pushing forward knowing that as long as the trail followed the Navitelva, I’d find the falls.

Roughly 150m from the trailhead, I noticed a private house on the right as well as a signed trail junction thereafter.

I kept right at this junction to continue hiking on the main trail.

Navitfossen_077_07052019 - The stream gauge on the Navitelva seen from a spur path that deviated from the trail to Røykfossen
The stream gauge on the Navitelva seen from a spur path that deviated from the trail to Røykfossen

However, I did explore the other path, which led some 50m towards a stream gauge.

Back on the main trail, it continued to slope gently (hardly noticeable) as the trail eventually followed Navitelva after around 300m from the junction.

After going over a granite section, the trail then started climbing for the next 200m or so before the trail finally started to flatten out.

At that point, I had gone over 600m from the trailhead, and I had finally arrived at an overlook right at the cliff overlooking the loud and impressive Røykfossen.

Navitfossen_080_07052019 - The trail leading to both Røykfossen and eventually the Geitfjelltinden, but I had to keep moving because the mosquitos were swarming!
The trail leading to both Røykfossen and eventually the Geitfjelltinden, but I had to keep moving because the mosquitos were swarming!

This overlook was my turnaround point though the trail did continue further towards the top of the falls and ultimately to the summit of Geitfjelltinden.

As much as I wanted to savor the experience at this overlook, I had to make haste because the mosquitos here were pretty bad.

In fact, my haste also included the hiking trail where they seemed to take their shots at me whenever I stopped moving!

All told, the out-and-back hike was on the order of 2.3km round trip or so, and it took me around 50 minutes.

Navitfossen_100_07052019 - Finally making it up to the Røykfossen, which threw up enough mist to earn its name
Finally making it up to the Røykfossen, which threw up enough mist to earn its name

In total, the whole excursion that encompassed both Navitfossen and Røykfossen was about 2.8km in total, and I spent about 90 minutes away from the car.

Authorities

Navitfossen and Roykfossen both reside in the Kvænangen Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Navitfossen_003_07052019 - Looking across the access road towards the Navitfoss Camping from the clearing that we parked at
Navitfossen_002_07052019 - Some kind of cabin that appeared to be newly-built when we visited Navitfossen
Navitfossen_004_07052019 - Following the tractor road down to get a closer and more frontal look at Navitfossen
Navitfossen_005_07052019 - We got sidetracked when we saw this clearing promising to get us closer to Navitfossen
Navitfossen_008_07052019 - We ultimately made it to the other side of the bush where we looked upstream towards the road bridge and the Navitelva getting channeled beneath it
Navitfossen_011_07052019 - Looking over the brink of Navitfossen
Navitfossen_019_07052019 - Another look right into the turbulence at the brink of Navitfossen
Navitfossen_039_07052019 - Direct look at the span of Navitfossen from near its brink
Navitfossen_045_07052019 - The scrambling path alongside Navitelva eventually converged with the tractor road at this shore by the Navuotna
Navitfossen_046_07052019 - Looking across the Navitelva feeding the Navuotna further downstream of Navitfossen
Navitfossen_062_07052019 - Looking way in the distance towards the E6 crossing bridges spanning the Sørstraumen (-straumen is basically an area of tidal currents)
Navitfossen_064_07052019 - Someone stacking rocks at the shore downstream of Navitfossen kind of reminding us of Inukshuk
Navitfossen_069_07052019 - Walking back up the tractor road after having had our fill of Navitfossen
Navitfossen_070_07052019 - Walking across the road bridge to access the other trailhead leading further upstream
Navitfossen_074_07052019 - Starting on the trail leading to Røykfossen and Geitfjelltinden
Navitfossen_075_07052019 - Passing by someone's home near the trailhead as I was on my way to Røykfossen
Navitfossen_079_07052019 - Continuing on the somewhat marshy grassy dirt trail leading to Røykfossen, which meant the mosquitos were quite bad here
Navitfossen_082_07052019 - Traversing these small granite mounds just as the trail to Røykfossen started to skirt alongside the Navitelva again
Navitfossen_084_07052019 - Looking towards the Navitelva as I was making my way to Røykfossen
Navitfossen_085_07052019 - The trail climbing through some lush sections as I was pursuing Røykfossen
Navitfossen_089_07052019 - Starting to get my first glimpse of Røykfossen during the steeper parts of the climb
Navitfossen_090_07052019 - The trail continuing to climb up towards an overlook of Røykfossen
Navitfossen_091_07052019 - After the worst of the climb was over, the trail flattened out and started to head towards a bluff overlooking Røykfossen
Navitfossen_111_07052019 - Finally making it to Røykfossen
Navitfossen_115_07052019 - Looking downstream towards Navuotna from the overlook for Røykfossen
Navitfossen_124_07052019 - After having my fill of Røykfossen, it was time to head back down towards the trailheads
Navitfossen_125_07052019 - Going back across the short granite mounds as I was leaving Røykfossen
Navitfossen_130_07052019 - Back at the road leading to Kvænangsbotn
Navitfossen_135_07052019 - Another look downstream from the bridge over Navitelva towards the Navitfossen
Navitfossen_137_07052019 - Looking upstream from the bridge over the Navitelva
Navitfossen_146_07052019 - On the unpaved road heading back towards the E6 while looking towards the E6 bridge spanning the Sørstraumen

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Navitfossen sat between Storslett and Alta (though closer to Storslett).

So I’ll describe the driving directions from both places since we stayed in Storslett in 2005 and we stayed in Alta in 2019.

Navitfossen_145_07052019 - The clearing across from the Navitfoss Camping
The clearing across from the Navitfoss Camping

From Storslett, we drove on the E6 east for about 50km to a turnoff for Kvænangsbotn on the right.

We then took this turnoff, which went onto a potholed unpaved road for the next 8km.

Eventually after crossing a bridge over Navitelva, we found a clearing on the left side of the unpaved road right across from the Navitfoss Camping.

This clearing was where we parked the car.

Navitfossen_127_07052019 - Looking towards the upstream trail to Geitfjelltinden from the clearing where there was space for more parking
Looking towards the upstream trail to Geitfjelltinden from the clearing where there was space for more parking

Also note that about 200m before the Navitfoss Camping area (and before the bridge over Navitelva), there was another clearing and potential for parking space on the right.

Overall, this drive would take under an hour.

Coming in the other direction from Alta, we drove west on the E6 for about 114km.

Right after crossing the bridge over Sørstraumen, we then turned left onto the access road signed for Kvænangsbotn.

Navitfossen_157_07052019 - While driving the access road between the E6 and Kvænangsbotn, we had to watch out for potholes on the unsealed road
While driving the access road between the E6 and Kvænangsbotn, we had to watch out for potholes on the unsealed road

Then, we’d follow this potholed unpaved road as described above.

Overall, this drive would take under 2 hours.

For some geographical context, Storslett was 164km (over 2 hours drive) west of Alta, 228km (over 3 hours drive without a ferry) east of Tromsø, 290km (under 4 hours drive) northwest of Kautokeino, 318km (about 4.5 hours drive) north of Narvik, and 371km (over 5 hours drive) southwest of Honningsvåg.

Frontal view from near the top of the falls while also revealing some kind of mill


Sweep from the bridge to the top down view of the falls


Short sweep covering both segments of the falls while also zooming in on each one


Right to left sweep at the mouth of the river revealing a front view of the falls

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