Do Go Chasing Waterfalls: Tännforsens, the Largest Waterfall in Sweden

by Gabby Beckford
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Want a taste of back-country Swedish adventure, but don't have the many hours (or muscles) it takes to conquer an actual mountain? Tännforsens waterfall and walking trails are your answer.

If you'd like to visit Tännforsens, you'll most likely stay in Åre, Sweden, the largest town in the area—though the waterfall itself is in a town called Duved.

The drive from Åre to Duved was scenic, taking about 30 minutes on a dirt road laced with gorgeous purple-pink lupine. You'll know you're there once you see a sign that says Tännforsens Turiststation, and come upon a little cabin that doubles as a cafe and tourist information station. You'll pay for a parking ticket to in the adjacent gravel lot.

Once you park you'll have your choice of two paths to see the falls. All the trails are linked, so don't worry about choosing the wrong one—though the trail closer to the tourist lodge is shorter but steeper, and the trail further to the left is lengthier but smoother.

Tännforsens Middle View

Feeling a little “Titanic” as I bathe in the river mist!

There are three viewing points of the falls (aka, three photo ops!).

I took the trail that began closer to the tourist station and wound up at the middle dock that sets you practically face to face with the falls. Just standing on the landing the power of the river Åreälven is obvious as the ground is constantly rumbling from the slamming water! As you walk out on the ledge you're misted with the fresh mountain water that's falling at 740 cubic meters per second.

In the dead of winter the area can get down to -6°C, and Tännforsens turns into a winter wonderland as a huge frozen ice sculptor! But, in mid-July Duved is a perfect 22°C, with clear skies. And you know when people say, “the grass is always greener on the other side”? Well, welcome to the Other Side.

Tännforsens Base

Me after I followed the slippery trail behind me to be RIGHT next to the falls. The blast of watery spray felt like a firehose, ha, but so worth it!

A 3 minute walk down to the base of the falls leads you to the real photo opp. At the base of the falls you can get a full 360 view of Tännforsens on the left and turn to see the expansive valley with open water on the right. I literally thought I felt a tear roll down my cheek, the view was so idyllic!

Tännforsens Base

Got landscape?

There's a little path near the fall with slick, jagged rocks that you can carefully follow for an up close and personal experience of the falls. You can stand around the corner from the watery blast, and if you peak around you'll get a complimentary make-up remover!

Finally, on our way back up the hill (around a 7 minute walk up) we arrived at the third viewing point.

TännforsensTop View

Peeking over the falls, you can see the open valley below.

Tännforsens is a great location for some photos of Sweden's mountain majesties, no 4-hour hike or camping necessary. Easy for kids to hike, gorgeous enough for a couple's date, and remote enough that if you want to see the sights solo and have a peaceful romp in the nature, you won't be surrounded by hundreds of tourists or waiting in any lines. As you can see by the photos, I felt as though I had the entire site to myself!

A mere 30 minutes outside of Åre, I'm so happy that I decided to visit Tännforsens. I've heard people visiting Tännforsens from Norway or Switzerland and say to them it was “lack-luster”… Well, if I went from the Burj Khalifa to the 4-seasons I might see that as comparatively “eh” as well.

But if you come to Duved and see this Swedish national treasure for what it is, you'll be anything but disappointed!

Have you ever been to Tännforsens? Do you have a trip planned there soon? Let me know in the comments!
Gabby Beckford

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Zarina April 22, 2017 - 4:34 AM

Wow, the colours in these pictures are incredible! Especially love the rainbow 🙂

Corinne Simpson April 22, 2017 - 4:23 AM

This is so beautiful it made me do a weird sound – “ooorrrrgggghhhhh!!!” to be exact. I’d love to visit Sweden properly so this is definitely going on the bucket list.

Ugo Cei October 17, 2016 - 4:01 PM

Awesome location and great photos!

Punita September 6, 2016 - 5:24 AM

Amazing pictures! Didn’t know about tis place ..

Bryony Clapperton August 22, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Wow, great pics! Did you take those photos with a go pro? Really loved this post. Clicked on it because of its super catchy title!

Gabby August 22, 2016 - 7:39 PM

Thanks Bryony, yes I took these with my GoPro 4 Silver! 🙂

Kristina August 4, 2016 - 10:39 AM

Well this was just plain stunning! Really love your photos. Thanks for sharing, I had never really had a desire to go to Sweden, buuuut this may change things!

Gabby August 4, 2016 - 11:45 AM

I felt the same way! But Sweden ha really surprised me, I hope you give it a chance! And thank you 🙂

Laura August 4, 2016 - 7:21 AM

I love waterfalls and this just looks stunning! Great photos 🙂

Gabby August 4, 2016 - 10:05 AM

Thank you! 🙂

Anisa August 3, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Your pictures in this post are amazing. It’s nice to know about a hike that is not too challenging but has this type of scenery. Next time, I am back in Sweden would love to do this hike.

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 11:07 PM

It was important because my 75 year old grandma did this hike later as well 🙂 She didn’t make it to the middle or base of the falls but the view from the top was still stunning. Totally recommend it! Thanks!

Priyanka Banerjee August 3, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Such a pretty post with stunning photographs! Thanks for sharing such a brilliant post

Kari August 3, 2016 - 11:01 AM

Absolutely breathtaking I live in Costa Rica, the land of a thousand waterfalls, but this one looks so powerful and majestic! Love the title of your blog post, now I have TLC stuck in my head 🙂

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 12:54 PM

Hahah, thanks girl! Costa Rica does have absolutely stunning waterfalls!

Carrie August 3, 2016 - 10:59 AM

Your photos are absolutely outstanding!

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Thanks so much 🙂

Joanna August 3, 2016 - 10:57 AM

It looks so beautiful! I was in Are a few years back, changing trains and spending a few hours in the train station. If i would have known about the waterfall I would have probably spend the night there and take the train the next day. It looks so peaceful and i love the greens.

Susanna August 3, 2016 - 10:36 AM

WOW! This is just amazing! I love the lush landscape surrounding the falls. I will put it on my bucket list!

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 10:53 AM

It was absolutely gorgeous! I’m glad you feel wanderlusty after reading this!

Sandy Cadiz-Smith August 3, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Lovely pictures. It must look amazing frozen in the winter!

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 10:35 AM

The photos from their website make it seem so!

Kristine August 3, 2016 - 10:29 AM

Simply stunning, omg! Bookmarking this for my trip-planning because I’m visiting Sweden next year! =DDD

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 10:31 AM

Aw I’m so so glad you liked it! 🙂 I hope you can come back here and comment when you end up going to Sweden so I can see your experience there too! Happy Travels!

Esther August 3, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Ohh! nice option for a day-off. Can one have a bath somewhere near the waterfall in July (when it’s around 22C)?? I love finishing daytrips with a calm and fresh bath? 🙂

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 10:17 AM

Exactly! Unfortunately Esther the water is coming down from the mountains and I believe you would be absolutely freezing compared to refreshed haha. But I’m sure there are people who jump in!

Frankie August 3, 2016 - 10:10 AM

I would like to think all my don’t go chasing waterfalls comments contributed to naming this post

Gabby August 3, 2016 - 10:16 AM

Lol you just cannot help yourself from mentioning it. Don’t worry, for everyone time you commented that I got 8 more of them. Did you like the article though? 😉

Maja August 2, 2016 - 5:33 PM

I am absolutely stunned by the beauty of this place! Some of the photos look surreal.

Gabby August 2, 2016 - 6:40 PM

So kind, thank you Maja!


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