Sonfjallet Area, Sweden

On June 19th-21st , I visited the Mount Sonfjallet area in Sweden, (pictured below).

Mount Sonfjallet Area in Sweden, (on Google Earth) Southeast of Trondheim, Norway

     The gently rounded peak of Mount Sonfjallet, (pictured below), towers 1,278 meters above pine forests in the Swedish province of Jarjedalen. This majestic peak gives its name to the Sonfjallet National Park that surrounds it. The area was declared a park to protect the mountain’s slopes.  Mount Sonfjallet rests like a giant pillow of sandstone on the landscape.  Steep slopes surround a high plateau where thick carpet of lichen grow, thanks to the absence of reindeer grazing.  The ancient forest that girdles the mountain is a realm of silence.  The bear and Siberian jay have not been forced to make way for ski lifts or mountain hotels.

Mount Sonfjallet, Sweden

Just south of Mount Sonfjallet is the Njupeskar Waterfall,  Sweden’s highest waterfall, Njupeskar Waterfall plunges 125 meters in a gleaming torrent of white foam between jagged walls of black granite rock, surrounded by pristine forests of spruce and pine. Njupeskar Waterfall, (pictured below) is located in Fulufjallet National Park, north of Dalarna. Dalarna is considered the most typical of Sweden’s 24 provinces, with its forests, lakes, mountains, and red-painted wooden cottages and farmhouses. I found Njupeskar waterfall by hiking 2 km southwest from Morkret, Sweden.

Njupeskar Waterfall in the Fulufjallet National Park, Sweden

     From Njupeskar, I drove north toward the another Swedish waterfall named Tannforsen.

Tannforsen, Sweden

     Tannforsen, in the northern province of Jamtland, is reckoned to be Sweden’s largest freeflowing waterfall. The waters of Tannforsen fall 38 meters across a 60 meter-wide bed of stepped rock, dating back millions of years.

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