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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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  • Unexpected bad Could at the end not visit the fall No more to say other then some people are just in the wrong position 
    Unexpected bad Could at the end not visit the fall No more to say other then some people are just in the wrong position  more »
  • The walk takes you along 300+ million years of geology, as we learn about the area in the context of the Siljan impact. Much of the effects of the impact can be seen here. The signage describes the... 
    The walk takes you along 300+ million years of geology, as we learn about the area in the context of the Siljan impact. Much of the effects of the impact can be seen here. The signage describes the...  more »
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  • Nice walk with great view of the waterfall and meteor impact. Possible to have a simple lunch at the restaurant at the parking.
  • Styggforsen waterfall, trail around, nature surrounding, the views are amazing! The walk was quite up and down and took approx. 30-45 minutes with stops in order to enjoy the beauty. The cafe was unfortunately already closed when we´ve arrived, so we couldn´t explore that. The walk is very interesting for families with kids too! Recommended!

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