Loabak / Tennevoll, Troms County, Norway

About Henrikafossen

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2019-07-04
Date last visited: 2019-07-04

Waterfall Latitude: 68.71529
Waterfall Longitude: 17.84819

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Henrikafossen was a tall waterfall that we used as an excuse to break up our long drive between Svolvær and Tromsø so we could stretch our legs for a bit.

This seemingly obscure waterfall seemed to have around a 200m drop at its steepest parts before cascading another 200-250m into the Spansdalen Valley.

Looking up at Henrikafossen from within Spansdalen

We were only made aware of this waterfall when we looked at our trusty old Veiatlas Norge (The Norway Road Atlas by Statens Kartverk) which identified that there was a waterfall in this short detour away from the E6 (see directions below) in the direction of Tennevoll.

When we made the decision to check this place out, we didn’t even know exactly what to look for.

However, when we did spot this waterfall that seemed to stand out from the handful of other waterfalls we spotted in the valley, we went closer for a look.

That was when we saw a sign suggesting this waterfall had something to do with “Sarajohka” (we learned later that -johka was a Sami word for river or stream).

So at first, I thought this waterfall was on the Sarajohka or Saraelva so I almost presumed that it might be named Sarajokfossen or Sarafossen.

Local signage in Sami suggesting that the waterfall we saw actually had a name

It wasn’t until I came home from our return-to-Norway trip in 2019 that I examined the Norgeskart once more and realized that Henrikafossen was apparently its official name.

That said, the map suggested that Saraelva was on a separate adjacent stream, but I’m almost inclined to believe that it could be a mistake compared to the signs that the locals had put up around the waterfall’s base.

Nevertheless, for all intents and purposes Henrikafossen was a roadside attraction.

Depending on your own circumstances, it could be nothing more than a typical random waterfall that can easily be taken for granted in Norway.

To us, we needed this break because we were on the road for over 6 hours so the break was welcome.

Looking up at Henrikafossen from its base at a small farming hamlet

Even the bad weather we had to endure on the day of our visit momentarily calmed down enough to at least enjoy the falls.


Henrikafossen resides in the Lavangen Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.



Getting to Henrikafossen is actually quite straightforward.

The key is to leave the E6 highway and take the county road Fv84 towards Tennevoll for a little over 7km from where we left the E6.

Context of the pullout along the Fv84 near where we got our most satisfying view of Henrikafossen

At about 7.2km from the E6 and Fv84 junction, we found a pullout by the Fv84 road on the side closer to the river.

That was where we got the photo you see at the top of this page.

We also took the side road (I believe it’s called Holmeveien) going down across the bridge to the hamlet immediately nearby.

After about 350m from our departure from the Fv84, we reached a large pullout with a couple of signs suggesting that we were looking at the Heandrihkagorzi and it was on the Sarajohka.

Driving into this small hamlet for a closer look at the waterfall that wound up being Henrikafossen

For a little local context, the town of Tennevoll was nearly another 5km further to the northwest along the Fv84.

For a more generalized geographical context, Tennevoll was 56km (under an hour drive) north of Narvik, 200km (under 3 hours drive) south of Tromsø, 245km (about 3.5 hours drive) east of Svolvær, 356km (under 6 hours drive) northeast of Bodø, and 450km (over 6 hours drive) southwest of Alta.

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360 degree sweep from base of waterfall

360 degree sweep from a roadside pullout with more contextual view of the falls

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