Already in the parking lot you can hear the noise. The sound increases in strength as you approach the rapids and finally reach it. There, next to the railing between you and the wild waterfall, the roar is deafening and your face is wet with the mist from the masses of water. Here you stand for a long time and just watch.
Storforsen has fascinated people for thousands of years. Forsen is part of the Piteälven, one of Sweden's almost completely unregulated rivers. Every second, the same amount of water as an ordinary household uses for an entire year passes through here. When the snow melts in the spring, the rapids are extra wild and three times as much water rushes down the river channel.
The river was a transport route
The Piteälven was used years ago to float logs from the forests along the river down to the sawmills on the coast. Over the years, the rapids have been diverted to a narrower river channel, to facilitate the timber's path towards calmer water. As the rapid has narrowed, it has also become more dramatic.
Storforsen - a beloved excursion destination
The timber rafting measures, which dried up large areas of the original river passage, have made Storforsen one of the county's most visited excursion destinations. Here there are sun-warmed rock slabs, perfect for picnics with friends and family. Tributaries and small lagoons attract warm summer dips, at a safe distance from the raging rapids. Deep ravines and giant craters have come to light.
Jewelery with inspiration from the rapids
In our online store there is a large selection of genuine handicrafts with impulses from Norrbotten's magnificent nature. Take a look in the webshop and see rings, earrings, necklaces and many other beautiful things inspired by our wildest waterfall, Storforsen. To our webshop >>