Sweden, Travelogue

Exploring forests and rivers in Dalarna

woman hiking in an autumn forest

The warm autumn colours glisten in the sunlight as we pack the car and head out. It’s October 6, 2017 and a beautiful autumn day in Dalarna. We’re on our way to Fjätfallen, one of the many magical places Katta shows us during our stay. 

» Read about when she took us hiking in Fulufjällets National Park

Upon our arrival we are met with a loud thundering from the power of the waterfall and we immediately scatter and start exploring the area with our cameras.

People at Fjätfallen, Dalarna

autumn puddle

Even though the falls are beautiful and the power of water amaze me I feel the pull of the forest, there’s nothing I love more (ok maybe mountains…), so while the others stay and take pictures of the waters I go and explore the trees, leaves and pine cones.

There’s a beautiful forest behind a windbreak and eventually we all gather to head in amongst the tall trees together. The air is rich with the smell of coniferous trees and wet dirt. It’s a lovely hike where we occasionally stop to eat blueberries whilst trying to wave the midges away.

I acquire a good hiking staff (which I am later reluctant to leave behind) and after a while, we come upon a small cabin.

It’s empty now but hopefully someone has made use of it to escape their everyday life by coming here during the summers. Personally, I could see myself living like this on a permanent basis, well away from the bustling city life.

If not, I would at least like to have a safe haven like this to escape to as much as possible.

hand tossing leaves and pine cone

woman hiking in an autumn forest

woman walking through an old forest

pine cone in crisp leaves

woman walking in a forest holding a camera

a cabin in the woods

river running through a forest during fall

woman with green backpack overlooking a river

After being amazed by the beauty of the forest and all the autumn colors we hike back to the windbreak.

We pause here to cook lunch over an open fire; Katta has brought ingredients for some delicious grilled sandwiches! She’s really spoling me, Helena, Daniel and Katarina with the most amazing food.

Our day trip ends with us enjoying a few cups of coffee black as midnight on a moonless night. And yes, I quote Twin Peaks because that’s what damn good coffee should look like.

backpack, blanket and sandwich grill

preparing sandwiches to grill

sandwich grill in a wind shelter

an old pile of lumber

making grilled sandwiches over an open fire

grilled sandwiches cooked over fire

making coffee over open fire

enamel mug with coffee

Published by Rania Rönntoft

In the forests of Sundsvall, the small northern town between two mountains, Rania found herself and her passion: living a slower life rich in experiences instead of things. Here she works as a freelancing photographer, content creator and photography teacher. Through her pictures she wants to inspire others to spend more time outdoors and show that the adventure is not far away. She travels a lot in Scandinavia and works with other destinations to promote our beautiful country, she also arranges workshops on visual storytelling and local adventures.

4 thoughts on “Exploring forests and rivers in Dalarna”

  1. Linnéa says:

    Riktigt härliga bilder! Och jag blir sugen på varma mackor. Åh! Soltorkade tomater som fyllning kanske?

    1. Tack! Varma mackor är alltid en riktig hit alltså! Mhhmmm soltorkade tomater låter ju sjukt gott att ha i!! På söndag på söndag :D

  2. Vilka underbara bilder! Befinner mig just nu i Älvdalen och skrev om skogen på vår nya sida. Passar på att lägga en länk från min blogg andebark.se

    1. Åh tusen tack, trevligt att du gillar mina bilder! Älvdalen kan jag inte speciellt mycket om måste jag säga, hoppas ni har det bra där. Tid i skogen är alltid underbart :)

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