Or could you honestly tell you have been visiting a waterfall without finding yourself pondering if you could sneak behind it and find a secret cave, just like in movies? Who knows what kind of treasures it would conceal.
I’m fascinated by waterfalls, but I recently realized I haven’t actually seen many wild waterfalls. This will change in less than three weeks, when we finally start our long-awaited trip to Iceland. Admiring wonderful nature photos often only worsen my so called ‘travel fever’, but sometimes they can also medicate it.
Last night I found myself medicating my travel fever by looking at photos from a trip to Swedish Lapland organized by VisitSweden last September. I can’t believe I haven’t yet told you about the jewels of River Rakasjåkka: The beautiful waterfalls Syndafallet and Silverfallet.
Besides helping me to survive until I get to travel to the amazing waterfalls of Iceland, this will be extremely helpful for you in case you are ever planning to travel to Swedish Lapland or driving across when travelling between Finland and Norway.
Let’s just say you have been exploring Finnish Lapland for some time, and are now driving towards Norway through Sweden. Along the road E10, after leaving Abisko National Park on your left side, you will cross a bridge. Right after the bridge you can see a resting place next to the road on the right side.
Park your car and step out, because you are about to see something amazing. It’s called the Silverfallet waterfall.
The best way to experience the stunning Silverfallet cascading over 30 meters is to follow the path descending towards the beach. At the start of September the autumn colours were only slowly arriving to Swedish Lapland, but we could already see some bright colours on the trees and along the path. The strong and sparkling stream of River Rakasjåkka seemed tempting and intimidating at the same time.
Little did I know how tempting it would get.
Teea from Curious Feet travel blog was on this same trip with me. If you look carefully, on the horizon you can see Lapporten, ‘the gate to Lapland’, a U shaped mountain valley, that is most probably the most photographed nature formation in the whole of Sweden.
Silverfallet cascades into Lake Torneträsk. Formed by ice age, Lake Torneträsk is the 2nd deepest lake in the whole of Sweden. Once visiting Silverfallet you should definitely walk along the path all the way to the lake.
Because once you get to the beach, you’ll find a little paradise.
This is what is so intriguing in waterfalls. The power of wild water, foaming waves smashing on the rocks and waterdrops that sparkle in the sun in all the hues of turquoise. The round stones smoothened by running water and the unsolved mystery of what can be found behind the waterfall itself, calling for an adventure.
Plus everything that is around the waterfall. Whether it means a thick and dangerous jungle or a specious beach of Lake Torneträsk, Lapporten looming on the horizon and a mountain range with snowy tops rising behind the border of Norway.
If you are not in a hurry, and god I hope you’re not, then drive up to the little mountain village of Björkliden, park your car and continue by foot along the hiking tracks. Literally just a stone throw away from the hotel of Björkliden you can find another stunning waterfall, Syndafallet.
Pssst… You actually CAN go behind this waterfall. We passed Syndafallet after our hours-long hike, we had a busy schedule and our tummies were screaming from hunger, so we didn’t get to experience that adventure. Even if our clothes would have been already wet, as the thick fog up in the mountains had absorbed into our clothes.
Next time I will peek behind the waterfall. Always leave something for the next time. Something so exciting you will actually go back.
They say these waterfalls of Northern Sweden are at their best in the middle of the summer. Honestly, I loved how the approaching foliage had coloured the surrounding nature just perfectly.
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