Storforsen rapids – the biggest rapids in Europe | Sweden

Updated: April 2, 2020 | By | More

Storforsen rapids are not only the biggest rapids from the Nordic countries, but probably also in Europe. They are located in Sweden, in the northern part of the country, in the county of Norrbotten, about 40 km northwest of Älvsbyn.

Storforsen rapids are located at the River Pite. The rapids area is approx. 5 km in length and decreasing by 82 meters. The most interesting point is that at the last 600 m, the water is falling 50 meters down. During the biggest flows in the spring there are 1000 m3 of water passing per second. During the floods in 1995, it was 1200 m3 of water per second.

The history of Storforsen rapids is quite long – several thousands years. Approx. 8500 years ago there was the sea, but it gradually receded and 7000 years ago it grew into massive mouth, which created the Storforsen rapids.

More than 150 000 people visit Storforsen rapids each year.

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Category: Nature Reserves, Sweden

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