Over the summer we had the time to do a little exploring in the area where we purchased the Stuga. FuluFalls is one of the most famous sites for hikers in Sweden and is located in Dalarnas Land. The Falls just became a national park in 2002 in a dedication ceremony hosted by the king of Sweden, Karl Gustav XVI. Sweden is divided into 21 “regions” and 290 “counties”. It is quite complicated in a land mass the size of California with only 9 million residents ; But that means that we have more “space ” per person than many other places.
The park is situated just over 30 kilometers from Särna ( Sar-na) and it covers over 380 square meters. There are lots of pine forests over all and lots of very undisturbed natural areas. It is categorized as a biotope: … literally an area where life is living. More precisely, biotope is an area of uniform environmental conditions providing a living place for a specific assemblage of plants and animals *. For us that means the area is left in it’s natural state for the purpose of public enjoyment and preservation. In the park’s central core, no activities are permitted which might disturb the character or the experience of nature. Elk-hunting, fishing, and the operation of snowmobiles on designated trails are permitted in certain sections of the part. Lakes are treated with lime for the benefit of fishing. It is prohibited to break branches, uproot plants or otherwise disturb the area. There are hikeable mountains and even with a bad knee it was doable for about 30 minutes. The highest point is Slohangflöjet which is almost 1,044 meters high. The waterfall is named Njupeskär and is one of the most popular sights in the park! There are several great photo locations but the closer you get to the falls. My husband and I describe it akin to a jet engine roar. You can literally feel the power of the water as it hits the earth. One of the most fantastic things I have ever experienced.
My son went near the bottom about 5 meters away and his clothes began to balloon and I was certain he was a goner…He said the power of the fall was magnificent. I would love to go back and go closer but I’m such a chicken, I think I like the view just fine where I was!
* per wilkipedia