Rovijokfossen (I’ve also seen it spelled Rovvejokfossen and Ruvijokfossen) was the last waterfall we saw on our epic June-July 2005 trip to Norway. Also, it could very well be the waterfall that was the closest to Finland that we saw. The name of the falls and the name of its watercourse (Rovvejohka) seemed to have a bit of a Sami or Finnish influence (can’t say for sure since I know neither of those languages). Nonetheless, Julie and I were treated to an attractive tumbling waterfall whose final 28m plunge immediately joined the Skibotnelva River, which ran through the Skibotndalen Valley, which itself ran through to the international border between Norway and Finland. We saw the falls at pretty high flow during our trip, but I’ve read that its flow could diminish significantly late in the Summer since the Rovvejohka was mostly sourced by melting snow aided by some moorish lakes and tarns.
From the car park (see directions below), we walked towards the Rovvejohka Stream where a path followed alongside its tumbling descent. As we descended along the stream, we got views of parts of the cascades as they rushed towards the main part of the falls further below. And after a few more minutes of walking down a combination of ramps and steps, the developed path then reached a small lookout area where it was hard to get a decent photograph across the main section of the falls.
Beyond this overlook, we then noticed that we could continue descending along a sloping dirt path as it briefly went away from the waterfall through some vegetation before returning towards the base of Rovijokfossen. It was at this spot that we managed to get our most satisfactory views (as shown in the photo at the top of this page) though it did get a bit misty down here. Overall, it took us no more than 10 minutes in each direction to do the walk.
Indeed, it was a fine way to cap off a full two weeks and change of waterfalling much of Norway, and afterwards, we were looking forward to winding down our trip in the city of Tromsø.
Rovijokfossen was right off the E8 about half way between Skibotn and the Finland border (roughly 18km from the E6/E8 junction at Skibotn). It was pretty easy to miss the car park for the falls (as we managed to do before doubling back) because the traffic on the E8 moved pretty fast and the sign for the car park was hard to read from the road.
To help with finding the car park, it’s worth mentioning that there was a bridge on the E8 going over the Rovvejohka watercourse, which was ultimately responsible for the falls. If you cross that bridge, then you went too far. When we finally managed to double back and find the correct car park, that was when we finally were able to read the worn hand-stenciled board with the word “Rovijokfossen” (though some letters were missing).
As a point of reference, the E6/E8 turnoff near Skibotn (also known as Storfjord) was about 44km north along the E6 from the E6/E8 junction at Nordkjosbotn (or Balsfjord). Overall, Rovijokfossen was about 133km from the city of Tromsø.
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