Plurdalen, Nordland County, Norway

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Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-07-06
Date last visited: 2005-07-06

Waterfall Latitude: 66.25006
Waterfall Longitude: 14.74002

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Sprutfossen was a bit of a disappointment to Julie and I.

We originally thought that the detour into the Plurdal Valley (Plurdalen) where we’d find this waterfall would only take us about 30 minutes or so in each direction.

Time was of the essence because we had to continue far to the north towards Narvik, which was the next town we were staying at.

Sprutfossen_002_07062005 - Sprutfossen

However, it would turn out to be much longer than that (more like over an hour in each direction), largely because the road into the valley became unpaved and rough for a good chunk of the drive.

In the end, this detour turned out to be very lengthy and quite frankly a waste of time, especially when we realized that we couldn’t get much more than a partial view of the falls as shown in the photo above.

Perhaps we were a bit hasty during our visit since we were getting one unpleasant surprise after another and we weren’t heading north towards Narvik during this excursion.

That said, we couldn’t find an alternate or better view nor did we find any obvious trails that would’ve gotten us any closer.

It seemed strange to us that even though we saw a signpost for “Sprutfossen”, we couldn’t find any trail nor lookout to improve upon the suboptimal views.

Perhaps had we given ourselves a little more time to stay in the Mo I Rana area, we might have taken a bit more time to scramble around and look for a way to make this waterfalling excursion more worthwhile.

But in the end, it was what it was…

After the fact, upon closer inspection of the photos we took of the falls, it looked like the waterfall was coming out of a cave thereby making this waterfall essentially a spring.

I’m not sure if there’s anything else significant about this observation, but I guess this falls will remain somewhat of a mystery to us until we’re fortunate enough to come back and budget more time and money to see this place properly.


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

Sprutfossen_001_07062005 - Signpost indicating that we should be somewhere near Sprutfossen
Polarsirkelen_001_jx_07062005 - After the costly detour to Sprutfossen, we continued driving north on the E6 eventually making a brief stop at the Arctic Circle Center along the way
E6_008_jx_07062005 - This was the scenery that dominated the long drive along the E6 towards Narvik
E6_016_jx_07062005 - More long driving along the E6 towards Tysfjorden
E6_019_jx_07062005 - Approaching the ferry crossing traversing Tysfjorden
E6_050_jx_07062005 - Approaching a bridge as we were finally getting close to Narvik

From Mo I Rana, we headed north on the E6 for just under 14km to a turnoff on our right signposted for “Plurdalen” in the town of Skonseng. Then, we turned right to leave the E6 and headed east on a county road (our map called it Langfellveien) going into Plurdalen. Incidentally, this was the turnoff that was right across from the turnoff we took for the Grønligrotta Cave (and eventually to the glacier Svartisen) the previous evening.

Anyhow, we followed this road for about a total of 27km, which became unsealed after 17km. I think there was a car park or opening where we saw part of the falls (there was also a sign here).

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