Check out our blogging account of the Njupeskar Waterfall Walk: https://roamingspices.com/njupeskar-waterfall-walk/
Before Didem and I headed to Sweden to visit my Mum in February 2018, we decided that we were going to fit at least one decent hike into the vacation. I had enjoyed visiting Njupeskär, Sweden’s highest waterfall when visiting my cousin during one summer in the 1980s.
Having seen some of the amazing images online of the waterfall in winter, we decided that the Njupeskär waterfall walk had to be done. Njupeskär is located in the Fulufjället national park, in the province of Dalarna and attracts approximately 50,000 visitors each year. There is little doubt that the large majority of these visitors come in the summer months.
This was of little concern to us as we were very much looking forward to seeing the national park and waterfall in their winter splendour and free of crowds!
When we arrived in snow covered carpark we quickly realised that there was literally no one else there which was a little daunting owing to the remoteness of the location and the fact that the temperature was -18 degrees.
The first section of the walk was nice and flat, with just sparsely situated spruce trees leaving fantastic views towards the mountains of Fulufjället ahead. Although we walked on deep snow, the path was well packed that made progress fairly easy. The sun was shining and did a wonderful job of highlighting the diamond-like crystals in the vast expanse of snow that surrounded us.
The only sound that we could hear was the crunching of our own hiking boots in the crisp snow. When we stopped, the silence was deafening! The path soon guided us into the spruce woods and for the next 40 minutes or so the path wound its way among these 400-year-old giants.
After trudging through the snowy wilderness for almost an hour, we were rewarded with our first view of Njupeskär waterfall.
A little further on we made our way down a set of wooden steps, completely buried in snow, at which point we reached the river Njupån.
Upon crossing the river, there was the totally frozen Njupeskär waterfall in all its splendour.
Sadly, we were unable to get right up close to the falls as there was a chain across the path with an avalanche warning sign alongside it. The recent incredibly heavy snowfalls had left the steep mountainsides packed with snow metres thick. We decided that we would go no further!
On our way back to the car we finally bumped into 3 people also heading to the falls. It’s amazing how nice it is to see people when you are about and about in the snowy depths of Sweden’s wilderness!
Our Njupeskär waterfall walk was complete but the experience was so special, I know it will stay with me for a lifetime!