Forsvollen / Engan, Nordland County, Norway

About Kobbelvfossen

Hiking Distance: about 400m round trip
Suggested Time: about 15-30 minutes

Date first visited: 2019-07-08
Date last visited: 2019-07-08

Waterfall Latitude: 67.5793
Waterfall Longitude: 15.89099

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Kobbelvfossen was about as accidental of a waterfall visit as they come, especially since we never even knew this waterfall existed.

That all changed while making the long drive between Narvik and Mo i Rana, Tahia had to make an emergency restroom stop.


It just so happened that the nearest place to stop was a place called the Kobbelv Vertshus.

And as Tahia and Julie rushed to get out of the car to avoid an accident, I came to realize that this place also happened to be a waterfall stop!

Not only that, but we also noticed a pretty panorama of the Sørfjorden arm of the Leirfjorden.

As if that wasn’t enough, Julie also used the opportunity to get a lunch here since it was also starting to get a bit late in the afternoon.

So I guess you can say our Kobbelvfossen stop was meant to be!

From Forsvoll to Kobbelv

According to the signs here, this general area was once known as the community of Forsvoll (or Førsvollen).

Looking down towards the Kobbelvfossen fronted by some kind of flume or water channel and a walkway as seen from the Kobbelv Vertshus

However, the sustenance of the community largely depended on what the sea and land provided.

When hydroelectricity came to this area during the Nazi occupation of Norway in World War II (to power the movement of supplies from the north), it changed the economy of the area.

Soon, wealth came from the power generation and the work associated with moving supplies.

To better associate with the power development on the Kobbelv River, this area had set up the Kobbelv Inn, which acted as a community center.

I believe this inn was the predecessor to the Kobbelv Vertshus that’s currently there right now.

In any case, that would explain why Kobbelvfossen somehow got this name even though it wasn’t on the Kobbelv River (but on the Sørfjordelva instead)!

Experiencing Kobbelvfossen

Tahia descending the trail to check out the shores of the Sørfjorden, which was an arm of the Leirfjorden

We were able to view the Kobbelvfossen pretty much right from some tables overlooking the falls.

Further along the railings, we got more views of the falls as well as some interpretive signs explaining the history of the immediate area.

Towards the backside of the Kobbelv Vertshus, we got nice panoramas of the fjord as well as a trail junction where we could descend to the shores of the fjord or backtrack to a catwalk right in front of Kobbelvfossen.

The waterfall appeared to be wider than it was tall as it dropped about 9m over a pair of segments.

The rock splitting the falls appeared to have a little red troll statue overlooking the scene.

Closer look at the troll standing atop the rock between the segments of Kobbelvfossen

That was pretty much the extent of our visit, where we paused here for a little more than a half-hour before continuing with our long drive.


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



From Narvik, we drove south on the E6 for about 190km (roughly 3.5 hours with a ferry ride).

It was just under 2km south of the E6 and Fv613 junction, where the Kobbelv Vertshus car park would be on your right just before the bridge over the Sørfjordelva.

The car park at the Kobbelv Vertshus

Going in the other direction, we would drive north on the E6 for about 58km (or 45 minutes).

The Kobbelv Vertshus was about 1.2km north of the end of the Rauhammaren Tunnel. The turnoff was just on the left on the other side of the bridge over the Sørfjordelva.

For geographic context, Narvik was about 104km (about 75 minutes drive) northwest of Kiruna, Sweden, 231km (over 3 hours drive) south of Tromsø, 248km (about 4 hours drive with a ferry crossing) north of Fauske, 424km (about 6.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) north of Mo i Rana, and 482km (under 7 hours drive) south of Alta.

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Sweep of the falls as seen from some tables belonging to the cafe here

Long video starting with panoramic sweep of a fjord before walking the plank fronting the waterfall

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