Welcome to Kåfjord
Blink and you might miss it, but Kåfjord, 18km southwest of Alta, is a tiny town with a history far out of proportion to its present size. At its peak in the 1840s, Kåfjord was a prosperous town of over 1000 inhabitants, thanks to the copper works (Kåfjord Kobberverk), which were then Norway's largest. You can follow an easy 1.3km signed trail around the little that remains (you'll find plenty more information in Alta Museum). Half hidden in the grass opposite the explanatory panel is a plaque in memory of three British midget submarines that entered the fjord and severely damaged the German battleship Tirpitz in 1943.
To the right of the E6, a 9km cart track begins 250m north of the parish church and leads past copper-mine tailings up to the observatory at the summit of Mt Haldde (904m), a mountain venerated by the Sami.