Sweden, Waterfall Ristafallet

Sweden, Waterfall Ristafallet

One of the biggest waterfalls in Sweden is called Ristafallet. It is located in the western Swedish province of Jamtland, on the Indalsalven River, 17 km from the town of Ore. It can be reached by road E14. Many tourists who dream of seeing the Ristafallet waterfall can stay for a few days in a comfortable campsite, which is located on the river bank next to the waterfall.

The waterfall is located on a hill 355 meters high above sea level and is divided by a forest covered area, into two parts – northern and southern. It so happened that the northern part of the Ristafallet waterfall is not visible from the southern bank of the river, and vice versa. The section of the river, where the waterfall is located, has the form of a giant amphitheater. The width of the waterfall is 50 meters. The mass of water with a speed, depending on the season, from 100 to 400 m3 / s falls from a small height of 14 meters. Above and downstream, you can often see fishermen catching trout and grayling.

Due to a special wet microclimate, near the waterfall, you can find a special ecosystem that is protected by the state. Here there are several species of lichens, and in the surrounding forests there are unique representatives of the northern flora and fauna. Nature has never been subjected to human exposure.

From the waterfall Ristafallet on the northern bank of the river into the depths of the forest leads a path through which you can walk to the sources of Olav. It is assumed that these springs with drinking water were discovered in the Middle Ages by pilgrims who were following the tomb of St. Olav in the present-day Norwegian Nidaros (Trondheim).

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The waterfall Ristafallett can be seen in the Swedish film “Roni, the daughter of a robber”, shot on the story of the same name by Astrid Lindgren.

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