"Ytre Isfossen", "Indre Isfossen", "Bafossen", "Oksefossen", and the Kafjorden Waterfalls

Kafjorden, Troms County, Norway

About “Ytre Isfossen”, “Indre Isfossen”, “Bafossen”, “Oksefossen”, and the Kafjorden Waterfalls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-07-07
Date last visited: 2005-07-08

Waterfall Latitude: 69.4951
Waterfall Longitude: 20.7851

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The Kafjorden Waterfalls page (more accurately spelled Kåfjorden in Norwegian or Gáivuotna in Sami) was a page where I’m attributing the waterfalls we’ve seen as we were driving the E6 highway. One thing worth mentioning is that there were other place names of Kåfjord (especially in the far north of Norway in Finnmark and Alta Counties), but the one we’re talking about here was right besides the Lyngen Channel almost directly across from the Lyngen Alps in Troms County. Even with that bit of confusion cleared up, it was hard to write about the waterfalls here because none of the waterfalls we encountered were formally named. So I had to do a little detective work to figure out which waterfall belonged to what stream. In any case, the waterfalls we saw along Kåfjorden were simply too beautiful to ignore (as you can see from the photo at the top of this page and the rest of this page), and we just had to spread the love.

Since Julie and I better appreciated this drive when we were heading south from Storslett towards Tromsø passing through Kåfjorden in the process, we will describe the waterfalls in the order we saw them in this direction (mostly from across the fjord itself). If you were driving north along the E6, you don’t really start getting good views of any of the waterfalls until you’re on the north side of the fjord. Perhaps the most conspicuous of the waterfalls we saw here was a pair of falls tumbling side-by-side each other on the Ytre Iselva (“Outer Ice River”?) and Indre Iselva (“Inner Ice River”?), which is shown in the photo above. For that reason, I’ll go by the informal names of “Ytre Isfossen” and “Indre Isfossen”. There were also associated Sami names, but we’ll stick with the Norwegian names just to keep it simple.

We’ll get into this and each of the other waterfalls we’ve documented in the photo journal. By the way, we’re also including the Lyngen Alps in this writeup since the Grand Tetons-like beauty across the channel as we were driving the E6 was also too beautiful to ignore. It made sense to include the Lyngen Alps in this page given its relative close proximity to Kåfjorden.


The 20km stretch of road in particular where you can see the waterfalls on this page are from the E6 between Olderdalen and Birtavarre or Kåfjordbotn along the northern shores of Kåfjorden. It was about 94km along the E6 between the E8/E6 junction at Nordkjosbotn to Birtavarre. Going in the other direction, it was about 47km on the E6 between Storslett and Olderdalen.

For some context, Olderdalen was 90km (nearly 3 hours drive with ferry crossings) east of Tromsø and 290km (4 hours drive) north of Narvik.

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