vestre jakobselv, vadsø

The River Jakobselv trail

Finnmark boasts many great salmon-fishing rivers and the village of Vestre Jakobselv has one of the finest. The source of the Jakobselv River lies 40 km inland, in the mountains, providing a salmon run along its length. The crystal clear waters remain relatively cold even in summer, providing perfect conditions for the fabled salmon.

Even strolling along the riverbank is a wonderful experience. The scenery is lush here, ranging from dense forest to ponds in clearings, where you can watch avid salmon fishermen trying their luck.

The river has four waterfalls and four salmon ladders, but it’s not just salmon you’ll find in these waters, there are Arctic Char, Sea Trout too.

Just follow the dirt track to the car park and the waymarked trailhead. Follow the path upriver to the first waterfall, a 3 km round-trip. You can also walk further to Solvarden to get a breath-taking sea views and the surrounding landscape. The path climbs gently uphill making for a 6-7 km round-trip. 

Start: Riverside car park, 100 m from the E75 Tana–Varanger road. Walk through Vestre Jakobselv and the path starts 800 m from the car park.

Distance: 1.5 km or 3.5 km one-way

Conditions: Half-day or full-day hike on varied terrain.