Danska Fall

Simlangsdalen, Halland County, Sweden

About Danska Fall

Hiking Distance: about 2km round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2019-07-29
Date last visited: 2019-07-29

Waterfall Latitude: 56.70662
Waterfall Longitude: 13.13681

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

Danska Fall (I’ve also seen it called Danska Fallen and Danska Fallet) turned out to be the last waterfall we visited on our epic 2019 Scandinavian Trip.

It turned out to sit in one of Halland County’s most visited nature reserves.

Danska_Fall_044_07292019 - Danska Fall
Danska Fall

This waterfall ran on the Assman River, which was said to have a cumulative drop of 36m from its source to the bottom of its drop.

However, I’m more apt to believe that it was more like 10-15m if you’re only concerned about just the main drops of the waterfalls.

In any case, I was fascinated by the reason why the waterfall got its name as Danska meant “Danish” in the Swedish language.

I had read after the fact that during the Scanian War between Sweden and Denmark in the late 1670s, a defeated Danish army fled upstream of the Fylleån River.

Danska_Fall_058_07292019 - Looking down over the brink of Danska Fall
Looking down over the brink of Danska Fall

The Swedes eventually chased this army onto a poorly-built bridge, where it collapsed and drowned several of the Danish army members over the waterfall.

So while the history hinted at the possible torrent that Danska Fall could possess, I’d imagine this would be the case during high snowmelt periods in the late Spring and early Summer.

Since we showed up at the very end of July, the falls took on a more segmented appearance.

The Danska Fall Trail

As for experiencing the falls, we went on a short 1km trail (2km round trip) that was gently climbing and well-signed.

Danska_Fall_013_07292019 - Julie and Tahia following a wide open trail leading straight to the Danska Fall
Julie and Tahia following a wide open trail leading straight to the Danska Fall

Even though the trail was unpaved, it was suitable for strollers in good weather.

There were trail junctions where we could have extended the hike in to a longer loop of roughly 4.6km in total, but we only did the shorter trail for the just the waterfall.

In the first 200m of the trail, we walked past a mostly concealed lake where private cabins and hidden shore spots allowed for those in the know to enjoy the lake better.

We also encountered one of the trail junctions here, but we kept straight ahead to remain on the shorter trail to the falls.

Danska_Fall_029_07292019 - Traversing through a pasture on the way to Danska Fall
Traversing through a pasture on the way to Danska Fall

Beyond the trail junction, we eventually ascended to an open pasture where we saw cows grazing and we even saw some kind of a composting toilet.

Roughly 800m from the trail junction, we eventually get past the pasture and returned to the forest where we walked along the viewing area of Danska Fall as well as checked out the view from its brink.

When all was said and done, we had spent an hour away from the car.

However, the humidity really crept up on us at this waterfall so we were still a hot and sticky mess when we returned to the car.


Danska Fall was near the city and municipality of Halmstad in Halland County, Sweden. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may want to try the Halmstad Tourist Center website.

Danska_Fall_011_07292019 - Early on in the trail, we encountered this trail junction, where we kept straight to take the shortest route to the Vattenfall.  The fork on the left took twice as long to get there
Danska_Fall_016_07292019 - The main trail to Danska Fall was well-signed and very wide with a gentle grade
Danska_Fall_021_07292019 - The Danska Fall Trail was also very popular considering it was an easy waterfall to visit
Danska_Fall_025_07292019 - There were definitely families pushing strollers on this very wheelchair-friendly trail to the Danska Fall
Danska_Fall_034_07292019 - Looking at a toilet in the middle of the pasture next to the Danska Fall Trail
Danska_Fall_036_07292019 - Julie and Tahia continuing beyond the pasture and getting closer to the Danska Fall
Danska_Fall_040_07292019 - Approaching the railed lookouts with frontal views of Danska Fall
Danska_Fall_068_07292019 - Angled look towards all the main segments of the Danska Fall
Danska_Fall_051_07292019 - Looking downstream towards a couple of the main segments of Danska Fall
Danska_Fall_062_07292019 - Looking further upstream at the tannin-laced stream leading to one of the cascading segments of Danska Fall
Danska_Fall_064_07292019 - Last look at Danska Fall before we headed back to the trailhead
Danska_Fall_076_07292019 - Looking towards a couple of cows grazing in the pasture by the Danska Fall Trail
Danska_Fall_080_07292019 - Back at the lake by the Danska Fall Trail, which was mostly concealed along the main trail
Danska_Fall_082_07292019 - Looking across the lake towards some kind of dock on the opposite bank after deviating from the Danska Fall Trail on the way back to the car park
Danska_Fall_086_07292019 - I encountered this Swedish family enjoying a rope swing as they plunged into the lake to cool off from the humidity (though I'm sure mosquitos were opportunistic in taking their shots)

Danska Fall was located just south of Simlångsdalen, which was east of the city of Halmstad (which was the center of the municipality).

Danska_Fall_001_07292019 - Looking back towards the local road that provided access to this car park for the Danska Fall Nature Reserve
Looking back towards the local road that provided access to this car park for the Danska Fall Nature Reserve

From the E20 and Route 25 junction in the east end of Halmstad, we drove east on the Route 25 for about 15km (towards Simlångsdalen) before turning right onto a local road (signed for “Naturreservat Danska Fall” or Tönnersjö).

We then followed this road for about 550m before turning left onto another local road (another naturreservat sign pointed in this direction here).

Finally, we followed this local road for about 700m to the signposted turnoff and car park on the left for Danska Fall.

Overall, this drive took us about 15 minutes.

Danska_Fall_002_07292019 - The busy car park for Danska Fall
The busy car park for Danska Fall

For geographic context, Simlångsdalen was 19km (under 30 minutes drive) east of Halmstad, 55km (over 30 minutes drive) west of Ljungby, 150km (about 90 minutes drive) north of Malmö, 153km (over 90 minutes drive) south of Gothenburg, 148km (over 2 hours drive) northwest of Kristianstad, 164km (under 2 hours drive) south of Jönköping, 131km (over 2 hours drive with a ferry crossing) northeast of Hillerød, 194km (about 2 hours drive) north of Copenhagen, Denmark, and 482km (over 4.5 hours drive) southwest of Stockholm.

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Video pretty much covering every viewing angle for the various segments of the falls

Upstream to downstream sweep from right around the brink of the falls

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