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Norway > Pictures and travelogues > Pollfossen rapids and kayaking in Norway.

Pictures from Pollfossen, rapids of the Otta River in Central Norway.

Pollfossen on the Otta River, Norway.
Pollfossen (Pollfoss run) on the Otta River, Norway.

The Otta River flows through the Ottadal valley in the municipalities of Skjåk, Lom, Vågå and Sel (Oppland county) on the northern edge of Jotunheimen National Park. It flows into lake Vågåvatnet (in Lom), and then continues and meets the Gudbrandsdalslågen river in Sel. 

The Pollfossen are powerful, 1 km-long rapids of the Otta  River with a 81m descent and an additional 4 m fall. The place is popular with experienced kayak enthusiasts (Pollfoss run).

In 2012, the municipality of Sel decided to vote for damming the Otta River by Åsåren, emptying a section of river loved and run by many kayakers and rafters of all ages. This would be the first in a series of three dams planned in the area. 

In the area of Lom and Skjåk, kayakers have a great number of different rivers (Åstri, Otta, Bøvra, Skjøli and Tora) and amazing rapids. This is also the spot where they can find the famous Skjåk-wave, where both the Norwegian and the European championships of kayak-rodeo took place. 


 

Links

Jotunheimen
Official travel guide for Jotunheimen, Breheimen og Reinheimen (incl. the municipalities of Lom and Skjåk) in Norway.
Dirk Wuyts
The pictures above are from Dirk Wuyts and the Association adc diving (adcdiving.be): his web site provides divers with travelogues, pictures and cultural information from his diving trips (site in Dutch).

See also

Norway > Pictures and travelogues > Mountain scenery of Norway

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