Kåfjord

Acrophobic people have a perfect reason to start working with their fear.

Deep in the heart of northern Norway is a hidden place so wonderful and devastating, that it's almost impossible to believe that the place is situated only 10 kilometres (as the crow flies) from Finland's boarder and it's gently shaped fells. It's only 100 kilometres drive from Kilpisjärvi to north. 

Anssi has an intuitive talent to find places, or, as he calls it, landscapes. I feel very privileged to have a partner like him. We both enjoy studying maps, but he studies them by detail. Me...maybe by colour, but definitely not by contour lines. When I heard him repeating: "I've wanted to go this place Kåfjord, it's not far from Skibotn...there should be a waterfall and abandoned building" I asked him to show me a picture of the place, because if he mentions a place repeatedly, I must be something special. The place looked stunning already in pictures! We decided to go instantly. 

When arriving from south, you just have to follow E6 highway to get to Kåfjord's village. Then take right and start follow the road uphill. There are some bumps and curves, but almost any car can survive. We made a camp after crossing the big bridge on the first spacious spot we noticed next to the road. It was dark, windy and raining heavily and we didn't see much but we could hear how wind tried to shave off our car. 

When we woke up next morning, we noticed that the little hole next to us was a ravine, and over 100 meters deep.  

Kåfjorddalen valley is one of the driest (!!!) places in  Norway. That and it's marked tracks make it a wonderful hiking destination especially for one-day trips. Local hiking guide can be found here

Valley's most valuable treasure is the Gorsa Ravine, that is among the deepest canyons in Northern Europe. Gorzi-fossen waterfall plunges 140 metres in free fall from it's south side. Right above the waterfall, there is aluminium bridge that, in addition to giving you a dramatic view, binds together two networks of tracks. The bridge and the waterfall are situated 1,8 kilometres from the gravel road, and the track is like a child's play. When we arrived to the ravine, I couldn't decide where to stand. There is so much to snoop and discover the place from different perspectives, and they all look different.

I'm happy that we spontaneously changed our plan and drove to Kåfjord. One of the best vistas I've seen.

When you get back from Gorsa, continue to follow the gravel road few more kilometres and you'll find a spooky ghost town of Ankerlia. A bit more than 100 years ago in 1900's hundreds of people were living there. What is left is a ruin and some rusty leftover items. Oh man! when we arrived there fog had wrapped the area and revealed it to us piece by piece. Just when we were standing under the huge and humming waterfall, fog disappeared for a second and let us amaze the brute beauty of another huge piece of nature. 

I saw a lonely reindeer's leg bone on a stone. I cannot explain it, but somehow it felt less creepy than seeing a mouse. Why it's so, that rodents are the most scary animals? 

If you carry on driving the gravel road, you'll end up to the top of fell Halti. We didn't drive to see the piece of land that Norway is planning to give to Finland (because Norway really is feeling sorry for us, and wants to give us something high). Our senses were already satisfied for long time. We lucky bastards were born in a hell of a good place, in where people have freedom of movement and choice, and we can go to see what other countries have almost every time we want, and learn and understand. That is a reason to be thankful.

Every. Single. Day.