Get incredibly close to the power of nature. Storforsen – the largest unregulated rapids in Europe – is a mighty show of whirling water which stretches out over five kilometers and breaks into a fall of 82 meters. You can hear the rapids thunder, watch the water froth and feel the splash of the cool water from first row seats.
Each second 250 cubic meters of water passes by in Storforsen. That’s the same amount as an entire family uses in a year. When the spring flood is at its strongest after the melting of the winter snow then water passing by can reach up to 870 cubic meters a second.
Thanks to the powerful flow of water, the rapids never freeze, even in the coldest of winters.
Storforsen begins in the massif Sulitelma just by the Norwegian border. From there the water which makes up Pite River flows through the rolling landscape of Norrbotten to eventually end up in Bottenviken by Pite Havsbad. At the foot of Storforsen the water finally calms down.
In the 19th century people began using the rapids to ship timber from further inland, down to the coast. Before then the rapids were both wider and shallower than they are today, but they were redirected between 1878 and 1945 so that the timber could pass easier. Due to the erosion around the rapids the nature around Storforsen is characterized by meadow forest which is submerged under water at certain points. Storforsen isn’t the only well-visited area – nearby are also Brudforsen and the Dead Fall.
In Storforsen you can sit down with a picnic basket on a rock anywhere. On many places in the natural reserve there’s also several grilling areas where you can grill sausage, fry lunch or boil your own coffee.
If you want to get rid of all preparations before the visit you can book a picnic basket the day before with the items of your choosing, from the reception in the hotel. You can also buy food and fika here at our Coffee Cabin which is open during the summer, right by the entrance to the natural reserve. Here you can buy waffles, lighter food, home made fika or a refreshing ice cream. The café is open during the summer, between May and August. Round the day off with a three course dinner, inspired by Norrbotten, in Storforsen’s own restaurant. From the table you’ll have a perfect view over the grandest part of the rapids.
Sunbathe on a warm rock, bathe in one of the side currents of the rapids, stroll around in the nice hiking trails or visit the forestry and log-driving museum. In Storforsen there’s something for every age!
Make sure to time your visit with one of the theaters or concerts held on the outdoor stage. Like an amphitheater the rocks create a natural stand where the acoustics can reach new heights thanks to the framing. Make sure to stop by the souvenir shop to purchase a memory of the most well-visited tourist attraction in Norrbotten.
A day in Storforsen goes by quickly. There is much to discover, so why not stay overnight?
Sleep in a comfortable hotel bed, in your own trailer, in a tent or in one of our cozy cabins. No matter what you prefer, you’ll fall asleep with the murmur of the rapids just outside your window.
frequently asked questions
Never! Storforsen doesn’t freeze despite temperatures closer to minus 40°C during winter.
Yes! Follow the bridge over the river along the rapids. You can pick up maps in the hotel reception. PLEASE NOTE! The bridge is currently closed. An alternative walking route is available (approx. 2,5 km long) otherwise it is possible to drive up by car. Maps are available at the front desk. For more questions about the bridge, please contact Älvsby Municipality.
Of course! There’s a wooden footbridge going to the lookout which makes it easy to reach. Even the path to the Coffee Cabin as well as the nature stage have adapted areas.
Absolutely! Around the area there are several bathing areas, both for kids and adults. There are also plenty to discover and see – just keep an eye on the small ones.
“We went for a one night break but stayed an extra night as we got a good rate and the management upgraded us to a suite. Fantastic view from the room, great breakfast and lovely walks round the waterfalls and area. Very pleasant and attentive staff and a very clean well run hotel.”
Steve – April 2017
“Outstanding views and the not so distant thunder of Storforsen. Well kept, very nice room, and service minded staff. Evening buffet served 17-19. Some rooms have it included and it really is OK. Make sure to get a room with view to Storforsen!”
Nubus – July 2018