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Styggforsen, Rattvik

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Styggforsen is a waterfall and a nature reserve in Dalarna County, Sweden. It is part of the European Union-wide Natura 2000 network.GeographyThe waterfall is located in the village of Boda, 20 kilometres to the north of Rättvik. It lies at the eastern edge of the Siljan Ring, a prehistoric impact crater which was formed 377 million years ago during the Devonian period when a meteorite struck the Earth's surface. The bolide was estimated to be about 4 kilometres in diameter and was travelling at around 100,000 kilometres per hour, causing a vertical realignment of the horizontal rock strata and a depression of the bedrock upon collision. This had a profound effect upon the local environment, creating many of the geological features which exist to this day such as Lake Siljan to the south-west and Styggforsen.The river Styggforsån is interrupted by the waterfall which is 36 meters high and composed of a column of Ordovician limestone. The base of the waterfall abuts a dike of brecciated quartz which is believed to predate the impact event. The site is popular with tourists and it is encompassed by a circular path of about one kilometre that leads down to a cave called Troll Hole. A cafe is open during the summer time and there is also an information centre nearby.
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  • We took an ice cream in the coffee house and then go a lap around the rapids. Good uppstyrt, nice nature. Worth to go and watch.
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  • A bit into the forest, this river. It is easy to find as it is välskyltat. Once there is a large parking lot and a House with a café and toilets. Around the rapids are a always clean walk path. It's a little stairs both up and down but it is only around 1 km to go around.
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  • Beautiful and unusual nature with waterfalls, nice hiking trails for those who like to be out there and walk.
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  • Excellent place, nice route and nature. Great waterfall. We liked it a lot.
  • It was a really nice walk, short but worth our time!
  • Nice wee walk. Look out for Trolls!!
  • We took this trail with our 7 year old son. We weren't sure what to expect, we visited spontaneously. We ended up loving this place! It was well maintained, there were great information signs placed around, and the environment was just breathtaking! The geological aspect is just incredible! The path around the nature reserve is partially wheelchair accessible, broad and well kept, but you cannot get all the way to the top in a chair, and there are a couple of hills that might be tough without someone to help push. A highly recommended stop, especially with kids. Just keep an eye on them, the stairs can be slippery and there are a couple of places where the safety fence doesn't quite go low enough due to uneven terrain.
  • This is a really beautiful place on Earth that everyone should visit. Perfect to enjoy the peace and calm of the forest, broken only by the sounds of a waterfall. The walking paths have information signs along them but they're all in Swedish

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