Döda Fallet Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve is a “living” dead waterfall and Sweden’s largest natural disaster of all time. It is located in the eastern part of Jämtland in the municipality of Ragunda. Lake Ragunda was created over 7000 years ago and today the Döda fallet canyon is a unique geological formation where you can see and study land uplift, learn how waterfalls were created as the ice receded at the end of the last ice age, and see how the power of water can erode bedrock to create a deep canyon.
During the end of the 1800’s, Gerhard De Greer, a professor of geology at Stockholm University, developed a method for measuring and comparing the years and years of sediment layers formed at the bottom of lakes. He created the valve chronology for dating the emergence of the landscape all the way back to the end of the ice age. In the early 1900s, he realised that the empty Lake Ragunda was the very place he needed to succeed in his work. Lake Ragunda is a key location for the understanding of his pioneering work.
The story of the Döda Fallet is more than a story about a disaster. The nature reserve is unique in its depiction of Sweden at that time, with the heralding of the major breakthrough of industrialisation. The nature reserve both teaches us about the ideology of that era as well as serves as a reminder about the consequences of industrialisation today.
The nature reserve provides very calming, natural surroundings in the heart of the deepest Jämtland birch forest. It is a place for you to understand a natural disaster in a modern context. Here you can take a walk at our different hiking trails or take your experience to another level, by exploring it from the river, the creator of the place itself.