Njupeskar

Fulufjallet National Park / Sarna, Dalarna County, Sweden

About Njupeskar


Hiking Distance: about 4.8km loop
Suggested Time: 2-3 hours

Date first visited: 2019-07-14
Date last visited: 2019-07-14

Waterfall Latitude: 61.63476
Waterfall Longitude: 12.68479

The Njupeskar Waterfall (or just Njupeskär) was a protected waterfall in Fulufjället National Park in western Sweden.

There was a lot of fanfare concerning this waterfall because it had been declared to be the tallest permanent waterfall in Sweden with a reported cumulative height of 93m of which 70m was said to free fall.

Njupeskar_074_07142019 - Contextual look at the Njupeskär Vattenfall
Contextual look at the Njupeskär Vattenfall

While people have debated the claim about this being the tallest in the country, as you can see in the photo above that this was a really attractive waterfall, especially given its naturesque surroundings.

Njupeskär fell into a narrow ravine flanked by loose rugged rocks flaking off of the steep cliffs.

The ravine was the result of the Njupån cutting into bedrock around a billion years old that was part of the Fulufjället plateau as the stream flowed from Storrörsjön to Lissrörsjön (two lakes at different elevations from each other).

In order to experience this waterfall, I wound up doing a 4km counterclockwise loop hike that started and ended near the Fulufjället Naturum.

Njupeskar_152_07142019 - Approaching the base of Njupeskär where the cliffs of the ravine were closing in
Approaching the base of Njupeskär where the cliffs of the ravine were closing in

The path was pretty much well-defined and dotted with shelters, picnic areas, overlooks, and interpretive signs. So it was definitely designed with the tourist experience in mind.

Since I had a late start to my hike (though I did take advantage of the long Summer daylight hours), I only managed to experience the falls in the shadow of its ravine.

Apparently, only in a very small period of time out of the year, the falls could catch morning light. The rest of the time, it would pretty much be in shadow.

Hiking to Njupeskär – the Northern Half of the Loop

From the well-signed and established car park for Njupeskär (see directions below), I pretty much walked over the bridge into the main visitor area.

Njupeskar_039_07142019 - Beautiful reflective ponds in the marshlands at the start of the loop hike to Njupeskär
Beautiful reflective ponds in the marshlands at the start of the loop hike to Njupeskär

This visitor area not only included the naturum (basically a visitor center, exhibit, and museum rolled into one), but it also included a restaurant and a WC facility.

On either side of the naturum, there were trails to the Njupeskär Waterfall though I chose the one to the right of it to do the hike in a counterclockwise direction.

Beyond the naturum, the trail followed along a boardwalk traversing a marshy area surrounded by ponds and open flatlands.

After about 700m, the trail veered around the head of one of the ponds in the marsh, where there was a shelter with picnic tables at a place called Gammelfjällsloken.

Njupeskar_068_07142019 - Inside one of the cabins at the Njupeskärsstugen
Inside one of the cabins at the Njupeskärsstugen

Roughly 200m beyond Gammelfjällsloken, I reached a trail junction where the path on the left appeared to circle back to the other side of the loop.

I kept right at this junction to continue the loop, which the signs suggested that I still had another kilometer to go.

At this point, the trail followed the Njupån’s northern banks as the trail roughly climbed for the next 600-700m or so.

I ultimately arrived at the Njupeskärsstugen, which appeared to be some kind of shelter or cabins that might allow for overnighting.

Njupeskar_090_07142019 - Descending into the ravine as I was about to get to the opposite end of the loop hike for Njupeskär
Descending into the ravine as I was about to get to the opposite end of the loop hike for Njupeskär

I also managed to get my first good looks at the Njupeskär Waterfall itself.

As much as I wanted to linger here for the views and to relax for a bit, I was getting swarmed by early evening mosquitos so I continued with the loop hike quickly.

After a brief climb, the trail then went down a steep series of steps as it descended into the ravine and a couple of footbridges crossing over the Njupån Stream.

Hiking to Njupeskär – the Waterfall and Southern Half of the Loop

Just beyond the footbridge, I reached another trail junction, where going left would have continued the loop back to the trailhead, but going right went deeper towards the head of the ravine right where the Njupeskär Waterfall made its dramatic drop.

Njupeskar_111_07142019 - Scrambling on the loose rocks to get a closer look at the Njupeskär Vattenfall
Scrambling on the loose rocks to get a closer look at the Njupeskär Vattenfall

I wound up walking about 150m on this final stretch, where it ended at a lookout.

However, I did manage to scramble on the loose rocks to get a closer look, but I didn’t go as far as what some others had done, which was right into the wet rocks and misty base at the bottom of the falls.

I felt that the experience of the bottom of the falls was atmospheric because the cliff walls closing in around me kind of made for a cathedral-like experience.

Of course, I had to also be cognizant of the inherent rockfall dangers as all the loose rocks around me were the result of them flaking off these very same cliffs.

Njupeskar_175_07142019 - Distant look towards some of the mountains surrounding the Fulufjället National Park as I was leaving the Njupeskär Vattenfall
Distant look towards some of the mountains surrounding the Fulufjället National Park as I was leaving the Njupeskär Vattenfall

After having my fill of the waterfall, I then continued to complete the 4km loop, where I managed to enjoy a lookout towards some of the mountains in the distance.

When all was said and done, I returned to the car park in a little over 2 hours after arriving to park here.

Authorities

Njupeskär was in the municipality of Älvdalen near Särna in Dalarna County, Sweden. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may want to try the local municipality website.

Njupeskar_004_07142019 - Walking towards the main visitor area for Fulufjället National Park
Njupeskar_010_07142019 - Looking towards the restaurant at Fulufjället National Park
Njupeskar_016_07142019 - Trails going everywhere, but of particular interest to me was the Njupeskärsleden, which was the loop path taking in the waterfall, which was 1.9km from here
Njupeskar_020_07142019 - Approaching the boardwalk traversing some marshes at the start of the Njupeskär Waterfall loop hike
Njupeskar_022_07142019 - A part of the marshlands on the Njupeskär loop hike where it wasn't on boardwalk
Njupeskar_025_07142019 - Continuing on more boardwalks through an open part of the Njupeskär Waterfall hike with some side paths leading to some points of interest or overlooks
Njupeskar_034_07142019 - While these freshwater ponds were reflective and pretty, they were also breeding grounds for mosquitos along the Njupeskär hike
Njupeskar_038_07142019 - Looking towards the picnic area and shelter at the Gammelfjällsloken
Njupeskar_045_07142019 - Another look back towards the edge of the Gammelfjällsloken overlooking the nice calm pond by the Njupeskär hike
Njupeskar_050_07142019 - Continuing on the well-established trail leading towards Njupeskär
Njupeskar_052_07142019 - A bridge crossing over part of the a stream that I believe was part of the Njupån
Njupeskar_061_07142019 - The Njupeskär Loop Trail continuing to climb in the northern part of the loop
Njupeskar_066_07142019 - Approaching the cabins of the Njupeskärsstugan
Njupeskar_069_07142019 - Context of the view of Njupeskär from the Njupeskärsstugan
Njupeskar_075_07142019 - Last look back at Njupeskärsstugan before I continued on with the loop hike
Njupeskar_084_07142019 - A brief part of the Njupeskär Trail beyond Njupeskärsstugan where it was actually climbing still
Njupeskar_093_07142019 - Traversing a couple of the footbridges over the Njupån as I was within the ravine containing the Njupeskär Waterfall
Njupeskar_095_07142019 - Approaching the trail junction at the far side of the bridge over the Njupån
Njupeskar_097_07142019 - Looking towards the final part of the trail leading right up to the Njupeskär
Njupeskar_106_07142019 - Context of the boardwalk and the loose boulders at the base of the cliffs flanking the ravine containing Njupeskär
Njupeskar_121_07142019 - Some folks scrambling past the official lookout to get a closer look at the Njupeskär Waterfall while also feeling the spray
Njupeskar_140_07142019 - Looking right up from the base of the Njupeskär Waterfall
Njupeskar_148_07142019 - Looking back at the official lookout for the Njupeskär Waterfall
Njupeskar_159_07142019 - Returning to the trail junction by the footbridges traversing the Njupån as I was leaving the Njupeskär Waterfall
Njupeskar_165_07142019 - My last look at the Njupeskär Waterfall as I was on my way to complete the loop hike
Njupeskar_167_07142019 - The return hike from the Njupeskär Waterfall began with boardwalks traversing more loose volcanic rocks
Njupeskar_168_07142019 - Then, the Njupeskärsleden followed a more conventional dirt path as the trail undulated before ultimately descending back to the naturum
Njupeskar_171_07142019 - Descending some minor declines on the way back from the Njupeskär Waterfall
Njupeskar_172_07142019 - Continuing on the return loop hike along the Njupeskärsleden
Njupeskar_173_07142019 - Now going through a forested path as I continued to head back on the loop hike
Njupeskar_189_07142019 - One of the lookouts at the marshy area on the hike out of the Njupeskär Waterfall
Njupeskar_190_07142019 - Back at the boardwalk section where it traversed over stagnant pools like this one on the Njupeskär Waterfall Trail, which undoubtedly helped contribute to the mosquito population
Njupeskar_195_07142019 - Back at the open area as the Njupeskär Waterfall loop hike was about to come to an end
Njupeskar_206_07142019 - Finally concluding the Njupeskär Waterfall loop hike with this return to the naturum

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I managed to visit Njupeskär after a very long drive from Røros, Norway.

I’d imagine there would probably be closer approaches to reach the waterfall from other places around Sweden, but I generally got the sense that Fulufjället National Park was in a pretty remote corner of Western Sweden.

So I’ll start off with my driving route from Røros, where I managed to make two different approaches – both of which I’ll describe in this section.

Driving from Røros to Njupeskär

From Røros, I headed south on the Fv30 to the Fv28 after about 11km.

I then turned left to drive on the Fv28 for about 61km to the junction with the Fv26.

Njupeskar_002_07142019 - The car park at Njupeskär Waterfall in the Fulufjället National Park
The car park at Njupeskär Waterfall in the Fulufjället National Park

I then turned left again to head south on the Fv26, which took me towards the Fv218 in another 41km.

I then drove on the Fv218 east for about 9km towards the Swedish-Norwegian border.

The road then became the Route 70, and I drove about 25km before reaching a turnoff onto an unsealed road on the right.

Even though the turnoff on the right was an unsealed road, it led me directly south for 15km to a paved access road near Strömsrillet.

I then turned left to take this access road towards Mörkret after around 8km, and then I turned right (before the bridge) and followed this road about 5km to its end at the car park for Njupeskär and the Fulufjället National Park.

Njupeskar_015_07142019 - The main visitor area at Fulufjället National Park looking towards the restaurant
The main visitor area at Fulufjället National Park looking towards the restaurant

Overall, this drive would take about 2.5 hours without stops.

Driving from Røros to Njupeskär while sticking to paved roads

By the way, if I hadn’t taken the unsealed shortcut about 25km east of the Swedish-Norwegian border, I would continue straight on the Route 70 for another 65km.

This would pass through the towns of Idre and nearby a signposted road junction just west of the town of Särna.

Continuing to follow the signs for Fulufjället National Park, I’d then turn right to leave the Route 70 and drive about 20km towards Mörkret.

From there, I’d turn left just past the bridge to go on the final stretch to the car park for the national park.

Njupeskar_211_07142019 - Looking back at the car park for Njupeskär Waterfall in the Fulufjället National Park
Looking back at the car park for Njupeskär Waterfall in the Fulufjället National Park

This drive would take closer to 3 hours as opposed to 2.5 hours, but it would at least avoid a large chunk of unsealed driving.

For geographic context, Mörkret was about 24km (under 30 minutes drive) west of Särna, 48km (a little over 30 minutes drive) south of Idre, 105km (under 90 minutes drive) west of Älvdalen, 172km (about 2.5 hours drive) southeast of Røros, Norway, and 450km (over 5 hours drive) northwest of Stockholm.

Short sweep covering the view from the Njupeskarsskogan


Long video showing the loose bouldery surroundings on the approach to the falls before arriving at the lookout platform and doing another sweep there


360 degree sweep from very close to the base of the waterfall

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