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

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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Inside one of the cabins at the Njupeskärsstugen

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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. The municipality belonged to the county of Dalarna. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may want to try the local municipality website.

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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.

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The car park at Njupeskär Waterfall in the Fulufjället National Park

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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, where I’d turn left just past the bridge to go on the final stretch to the car park for the 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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