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Salten’s awesome waterfalls

Even through Salten is in an Arctic environment, the landscape sometimes feels tropical. Steep mountains, lush forests, green meadows, chalk-white sandy beaches, azure blue seas and alpine coastal landscapes may remind you of Hawaii and Bora Bora.
The Salten region is full of nature-based experiences and national parks – and hunting for waterfalls is a “must”. Here is our list of some of the awesome waterfalls in Salten (but if you go exploring, you may be lucky enough to find your own secluded waterfall where you can skinny-dip in peace).

2020-08-2813:07 Julie Abelsen

#1 Litlverivassfossen
Rago National Park, Sørfold

Litlverivassfossen i Rago nasjonalpark

With a fall of 223 m, Litlverivassfossen is one of the highest waterfalls in Northern Europe and is the gem of Rago National Park.

Experiencing this splendid waterfall takes some effort, but you will find it if you go on a hike in Rago National Park.

See description of the hiking route to Litlverivassfossen waterfall.

Foto: Frank R. Dahl

#2 Baggfossen
Kobbelv, Sørfold

Baggfossen

If you are driving on the E6 highway between Fauske and Hamarøy, you will pass this spectacular waterfall. If you take a break at the inn Kobbelv Vertshus, which is a natural place to stop on this route, you can admire the view while enjoying your meal, or you can walk out onto “waterfall promenade”.

This waterfall is wider than it is high (approx. 9 m fall) and is easily accessible from the road.

Foto: Karoline O.A. Pettersen

#3 Ingeborgfossen
Botnvatnet, Saltdal

Ingeborgfossen are powerful rapids stretching 150 m down to Botnvatnet lake. Getting to this waterfall is a relatively easy walk, which takes about 30 minutes each way.

See description of the route to Ingeborgfossen waterfalls.

Foto: Frank R. Dahl

#4 Bringslifossen
Valnesfjord, Fauske - Sjunkhatten National Park

You will find Bringslifossen at Bringsli, not far from Valnesfjordvannet lake. This waterfall has a fall of about 20 m and there is a wonderful deep pool at the bottom. Enjoy an icy shower or a refreshing dip but be careful during the melting season in May/June when the volumes of water are higher than usual.

See description of the route to Bringslifossen waterfall

Foto: Siri Olsen

#5 Valnesfossen
Valnes, Bodø

Valnesfossen is the largest waterfall in Bodø. It has a free fall of 60 m down a rockface and you can hear this powerful waterfall from a distance. If you visit in May/June when it’s larger than normal owing you to meltwater, you must count on a real shower if you get too close. 

Getting to this waterfall is easy and the walk is also suitable for children. You will find a rustic shelter and children’s play area at the start of the route and you can follow the cat road/path all the way up to the waterfall.

See description of the route to Valnesfossen waterfall.

Foto: Gøran Ervall

#6 Nattmoråga
Melfjorden, Rødøy

This 300 m high waterfall is a wonderful sight. You can get here by boat – either on your own or by booking a guided tour. Paddling here from Kilboghavn or Melfjordbotn is also a fantastic experience, especially if you combine it with a trip to the beautiful Nordfjord.

Foto: Kitt Grønningsæter