Rovijokfossen

Skibotndalen, Troms County, Norway

About Rovijokfossen


Hiking Distance: 500m round trip
Suggested Time: 20-30 minutes

Date first visited: 2005-07-08
Date last visited: 2005-07-08

Waterfall Latitude: 69.25927
Waterfall Longitude: 20.57674

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Rovijokfossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Rovvejokfossen and Ruvijokfossen) was the last waterfall we saw on our epic June-July 2005 trip to Norway.

Also, it could very well be the waterfall that was the closest to Finland that we saw.

The name of the falls and the name of its watercourse (Rovvejohka) seemed to have a bit of a Sami or Finnish influence (can’t say for sure since I know neither of those languages).

Rovijokfossen_013_jx_07082005 - Rovijokfossen
Rovijokfossen

Nonetheless, Julie and I were treated to an attractive tumbling waterfall whose final 28m plunge immediately joined the Skibotnelva River.

The Skibotnelva River ran through the Skibotndalen Valley, which itself ran through to the international border between Norway and Finland.

We saw the falls at pretty high flow during our trip, but I’ve read that its flow could diminish significantly late in the Summer.

That’s because the Rovvejohka was mostly sourced by melting snow aided by some moorish lakes and tarns.

Experiencing Rovijokfossen

From the car park (see directions below), we walked towards the Rovvejohka Stream where a path followed alongside its tumbling descent.

As we descended along the stream, we got views of parts of the cascades as they rushed towards the main part of the falls further below.

Rovijokfossen_002_jx_07082005 - Looking towards the upper part of the main drop of Rovijokfossen
Looking towards the upper part of the main drop of Rovijokfossen

And after a few more minutes of walking down a combination of ramps and steps, the developed path then reached a small lookout area where it was hard to get a decent photograph across the main section of the falls.

Beyond this overlook, we then noticed that we could continue descending along a sloping dirt path as it briefly went away from the waterfall through some vegetation before returning towards the base of Rovijokfossen.

It was at this spot that we managed to get our most satisfactory views (as shown in the photo at the top of this page) though it did get a bit misty down here.

Overall, it took us no more than 10 minutes in each direction to do the walk.

Indeed, it was a fine way to cap off a full two weeks and change of waterfalling much of Norway, and afterwards, we were looking forward to winding down our trip in the city of Tromsø.

Authorities

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

Rovijokfossen_001_07082005 - No wonder why we missed the car park on the first pass
Rovijokfossen_002_07082005 - Sign warning us about something concerning the river
Rovijokfossen_014_07082005 - Looking upstream at some cascades where Rovvejohka rushed beneath the E8 road bridge
Rovijokfossen_003_07082005 - Partial view of Rovijokfossen from the overlook about half-way down
Rovijokfossen_012_07082005 - Side view of Rovijokfossen on the way down to its base
Rovijokfossen_005_07082005 - As direct of a view that I could get of Rovijokfossen at its base
Rovijokfossen_010_07082005 - A broader direct view of Rovijokfossen at its base
Rovijokfossen_005_jx_07082005 - Looking downstream at Skibotnelva and the broad Skibotndalen Valley from the E8

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Rovijokfossen was right off the E8 about half way between Skibotn and the Finland border (roughly 18km from the E6/E8 junction at Skibotn). It was pretty easy to miss the car park for the falls (as we managed to do before doubling back) because the traffic on the E8 moved pretty fast and the sign for the car park was hard to read from the road.

To help with finding the car park, it’s worth mentioning that there was a bridge on the E8 going over the Rovvejohka watercourse, which was ultimately responsible for the falls. If you cross that bridge, then you went too far. When we finally managed to double back and find the correct car park, that was when we finally were able to read the worn hand-stenciled board with the word “Rovijokfossen” (though some letters were missing).

As a point of reference, the E6/E8 turnoff near Skibotn (also known as Storfjord) was about 44km north along the E6 from the E6/E8 junction at Nordkjosbotn (or Balsfjord). Overall, Rovijokfossen was about 133km from the city of Tromsø.

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