About Skarvbergvika Waterfall and the Waterfalls on the way to Nordkapp
The waterfalls that I’m highlighting on this page were kind of my excuse to talk about my failed visit to Nordkapp from Alta.
It turned out that the 3- to 3.5-hour drive to get all the way to the top of Norway involved lots of scenic coastal driving.
Unfortunately, fog thwarted my attempts at getting past the toll gate as I didn’t feel it was worth paying such a high price to proceed when I wasn’t going to see anything.
Despite the flexibility we had planned into our schedule, it was fogged over for the consecutive days that we were staying in Alta.
Even still, I did hope against hope and try to see if fortune might smile upon me.
Alas, it didn’t, but it did yield waterfall sightings that gave rise to this page.
In particular, the waterfalls worth mentioning are what I’m calling the Skarvbergvika Waterfall and the Ruossajohka Waterfall.
There were a few others here and there throughout the long drive, but I’ll focus on these two.
The Ruossajohka Waterfall was a very tall waterfall spilling right behind some kind of Silver Mine or exhibit along the E69 Road inland from Siidavahki Bay.
Perhaps even more dramatic was the one I’m dubbing the Skarvbergvika Waterfall because it sat inland from the Skarvbergvika Bay, which was also visible from the E69.
This particular waterfall had a gush that I would expect would have a formal name for it.
There was even a lot of road construction in the area as apparently a tunnel was being built there.
Who knows? When the work is done, maybe there might be a pullout by the tunnel to get a good look at this waterfall.
In addition to the above waterfalls, I also spotted reindeer as well as an elusive arctic fox (though it ran off as soon as I reached for the camera).
And I did see the midnight sun, except it just wasn’t at Nordkapp.
It just goes to show you that even in failure, you sometimes get unexpected surprises.
The Alta Waterfall resides in the Porsanger Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.
Since this page was largely about the drive to Nordkapp from Alta, I’ll just focus on the precise directions to both the Ruossajohka Waterfall and the Skarvbergvika Waterfall.
The Ruossajohka Waterfall was about 18km north of Olderfjord along the E69 or 110km south of Nordkapp along the E69.
The Skarvbergvika Waterfall was about 25km north of Olderfjord along the E69 or 103km south of Nordkapp along the E69.
For some geographical context, Alta was 108km southwest of Olderfjord, 130km (about 1.5 hours drive) north of Kautokeino, 164km (over 2 hours drive) east of Storslett, 207km (about 3 hours drive) southwest of Honningsvåg, 236km (about 3.5 hours drive) southwest of Nordkapp, 393km (under 6 hours drive without a ferry) east of Tromsø, 462km (about 6 hours drive) west of Kirkenes, and 482km (under 7 hours drive) north of Narvik.
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