Skarvbergvika Waterfall and the Waterfalls on the way to Nordkapp

Nordkapp / Olderfjord / Porsangerfjorden, Finnmark County, Norway

About Skarvbergvika Waterfall and the Waterfalls on the way to Nordkapp


Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2019-07-06
Date last visited: 2019-07-06

Waterfall Latitude: 70.62551
Waterfall Longitude: 25.30029

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The waterfalls that I’m highlighting on this page were kind of my excuse to talk about my failed visit to Nordkapp from Alta.

It turned out that the 3- to 3.5-hour drive to get all the way to the top of Norway involved lots of scenic coastal driving.

Nordkapp_pursuit_047_07062019 - The gushing Skarvbergvika Waterfall fronted by lots of road construction appearing to be focused on some kind of new tunnel
The gushing Skarvbergvika Waterfall fronted by lots of road construction appearing to be focused on some kind of new tunnel

Unfortunately, fog thwarted my attempts at getting past the toll gate as I didn’t feel it was worth paying such a high price to proceed when I wasn’t going to see anything.

Despite the flexibility we had planned into our schedule, it was fogged over for the consecutive days that we were staying in Alta.

Even still, I did hope against hope and try to see if fortune might smile upon me.

Alas, it didn’t, but it did yield waterfall sightings that gave rise to this page.

In particular, the waterfalls worth mentioning are what I’m calling the Skarvbergvika Waterfall and the Ruossajohka Waterfall.

Nordkapp_pursuit_012_07062019 - Looking towards the Ruossajohka Waterfall from the E69
Looking towards the Ruossajohka Waterfall from the E69

There were a few others here and there throughout the long drive, but I’ll focus on these two.

The Ruossajohka Waterfall was a very tall waterfall spilling right behind some kind of Silver Mine or exhibit along the E69 Road inland from Siidavahki Bay.

Perhaps even more dramatic was the one I’m dubbing the Skarvbergvika Waterfall because it sat inland from the Skarvbergvika Bay, which was also visible from the E69.

This particular waterfall had a gush that I would expect would have a formal name for it.

There was even a lot of road construction in the area as apparently a tunnel was being built there.

Nordkapp_pursuit_035_07062019 - Although my Nordkapp pursuit resulted in disappointment, I did notice reindeer out and about in the dawn hours between midnight and 3am
Although my Nordkapp pursuit resulted in disappointment, I did notice reindeer out and about in the dawn hours between midnight and 3am

Who knows? When the work is done, maybe there might be a pullout by the tunnel to get a good look at this waterfall.

In addition to the above waterfalls, I also spotted reindeer as well as an elusive arctic fox (though it ran off as soon as I reached for the camera).

And I did see the midnight sun, except it just wasn’t at Nordkapp.

It just goes to show you that even in failure, you sometimes get unexpected surprises.

Authorities

The Alta Waterfall resides in the Porsanger Municipality near Russenes in Finnmark County, Norway. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Nordkapp_pursuit_004_07062019 - Following the E69 road along the coastline as I headed towards Nordkapp
Nordkapp_pursuit_008_07062019 - Looking towards the scenic coastal drive along the E69 in pursuit of Nordkapp
Nordkapp_pursuit_014_07062019 - Looking towards the Ruossajohka Waterfall from the E69, which was the first waterfall on the Nordkapp pursuit that made me pause
Nordkapp_pursuit_018_07062019 - A very dramatic and scenic stretch of the E69 between the Ruossajohka Waterfall and Skarvbergvika
Nordkapp_pursuit_022_07062019 - My first look at the Skarvbergvika Waterfall in context with some new tunnel construction
Nordkapp_pursuit_025_07062019 - This sign about overspeeding was ubiquitous all over Norway (either that or signs advocating you to 'del vei' (share the road) or 'husk bilbelte' (remember your safety belt)
Nordkapp_pursuit_027_07062019 - Approaching some other waterfall further north on the E69
Nordkapp_pursuit_028_07062019 - More of the scenic coastal drive along the E69 though the persistent fog wasn't a good sign
Nordkapp_pursuit_032_07062019 - This was the fog that was plaguing the final part of the drive to Nordkapp
Nordkapp_pursuit_033_07062019 - More of the final drive to Nordkapp, except the fog was quite bad
Nordkapp_pursuit_034_07062019 - After leaving Nordkapp disappointed, I did manage to see some reindeer during the pre-dawn hours
Nordkapp_pursuit_037_07062019 - Here's the midnight sun making a rare appearance somewhere not far south of Nordkapp
Nordkapp_pursuit_044_07062019 - Approaching Skarvbergvika from the north as I was heading south on the E69
Nordkapp_pursuit_050_07062019 - Another look at the surprisingly big Skarvbergvika Waterfall
Nordkapp_pursuit_053_07062019 - More reindeer spotted while driving south of Skarvbergvika
Nordkapp_pursuit_058_07062019 - Looking back at a whole herd of reindeer crossing the E69

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Since this page was largely about the drive to Nordkapp from Alta, I’ll just focus on the precise directions to both the Ruossajohka Waterfall and the Skarvbergvika Waterfall.

The Ruossajohka Waterfall was about 18km north of Olderfjord along the E69 or 110km south of Nordkapp along the E69.

The Skarvbergvika Waterfall was about 25km north of Olderfjord along the E69 or 103km south of Nordkapp along the E69.

For some geographical context, Alta was 108km southwest of Olderfjord, 130km (about 1.5 hours drive) north of Kautokeino, 164km (over 2 hours drive) east of Storslett, 207km (about 3 hours drive) southwest of Honningsvåg, 236km (about 3.5 hours drive) southwest of Nordkapp, 393km (under 6 hours drive without a ferry) east of Tromsø, 462km (about 6 hours drive) west of Kirkenes, and 482km (under 7 hours drive) north of Narvik.

Sweep of the bay containing big waterfall by a new tunnel being built on E69

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