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Bardu river, looking to the north
Country Norway
Main source Altevatnet
River mouth Målselva
Basin size 2,769 km2 (1,069 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 70 km (43 mi)

Barduelva (Northern Sami: Álddesjohka, English: Bardu River[1][2]) is a river in Troms county, Norway. The 70-kilometre (43 mi) long river is located in the municipalities of Bardu and Målselv. The river flows from the lake Altevatnet northwest to the town of Setermoen, then north to the municipal border with Målselv (with the river forming part of the border) before finally emptying into the river Målselva, just outside the village of Bardufoss and the Bardufoss Airport.

Barduelva is the largest source of hydroelectricity in all of Troms county. There are three power plants on the river: Innset, Straumsmo, and Bardufoss. Combined, they generate 1,235 gigawatt-hours (4,450 TJ) of power annually.[3]

The stretch of the river between Setermoen and Andselv seen from near the top of Istinden.


  1. ^ Library of Congress Subject Headings. 34th ed., vol. 6, T-Z. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, p. W-65.
  2. ^ Douglas, John. 1972. The Arctic Highway: A Road and Its Setting. Newton Abbot, UK: David and Charles, p. 109.
  3. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Barduelva" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2010-04-04. 

Coordinates: 69°02′13″N 18°37′06″E / 69.036973°N 18.618436°E / 69.036973; 18.618436