Nature, animals and life on the summer farmstead

From the shores of Lake Storsjön up to the Norwegian border there are miles of wild and beautiful scenery. Some of it is also part of Lapland, where you will find the silent, the wild and the exotic.

If you’re interested in the countryside there are lots of opportunities for getting out and about. The district boasts a varied countryside with miles of forest, agricultural landscape, marshes, bare mountain and lakes and rivers. It’s easy to find your own special place, by car or on foot. There are many fine, large nature reserves. For people who want to visit a nature reserve or go for a hike in one, we suggest any of the following:

• Hotagen, mountain area, rich in wildlife, 113 000 ha
• Oldflån Ansätten, a large marsh complex and floral mountain, 25 951 ha
• Grubbdalen, west of Rörvattnet. Long wooded valley along the Norwegian border, 2 059 ha
• Storholmsjö, ancient spruce forest, calm lakes and summer farmstead 286 ha
• Gröntoppen, Storholmsjö, natural pine forest, 124 ha
• Margitbränna, Vägskälet Skärvången, ancient spruce forest 73 ha
• Vägskälet, Skärvången, ancient pine forest 51 ha
• Höjden Botelnäset, Häggsjövik,

Ansättån Canyon. See the beautiful falls at Broforsen, Källarforsen and Storforsen. Take a break at the well laid out barbecue areas.
Regnsfallet, our equivalent to the Niagara falls. Well worth a visit.
Hasslingsåfallet, a popular excursion destination. Don’t forget your camera!
Toskströmmen, the perfect outing if you’re interested in fishing.
Floral trails. Ansättfjället is well known for its floral splendour which includes many rare orchid species. Guided walks or walk on your own along marked paths to the top of the mountain.
Visit a living summer farmstead. Let your children stroke the animals. Smell the aroma of freshly baked waffles, freshly brewed coffee and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings at the genuine summer farmsteads, see the menu on the left.

Sights / Nature
Ansätten is made of hard amphibolite rock - an extremely strong metamorphic dark rock type which has resisted erosion fairly well. Movements in the earth’s crust formed cracks in the rock. Rivers and streams work their way into these crevices. Ansättån Canyon is on the site of an old crevice. At Broforsen, Källarforsen and Storforsen you can see the dark schistose amphibolite. The giant’s cauldron above Broforsen was probably formed when melted snow from the last ice age formed eddies which set stones and gravel in motion and carved out holes in the rock. This happened about 9,000 years ago. The melted snow from the inland ice and all the water which then ran into the Ansättån deepened the groove of the river and formed the canyon. Barbecue area.

The best time to visit the canyon is during early and high summer. In winter and spring the road is closed about 10 km from the canyon.

Sights / Nature
From Lake Hasslingen the Hasslingså river falls 110 metres over a stretch of just 2 km. The falls are especially beautiful in dry summers when the water winds its way down over the slabs of rock. In spring the falls are majestic with spraying torrents of water rushing down. There are several barbecue areas in the vicinity of the falls and there is a hostel a little way upstream. And a nature trail with observation tower. Walk along the path from the falls, past the hostel, across the bridge, down through a magnificent virgin forest with 250-year-old pines and abundant flora, up to Strömhöjden and its observation tower. From here you will get an incredible view over the forests, lakes and mountains. A wonderful walk for the whole family.

Rengsfallet, VALSJÖBYN
Sights / Nature
Rengsfallet is the Hotagen Region’s equivalent of the Tännforsen waterfall - majestic, roaring and fascinating. The area west of Rengsfallet is one of the highest rock layers and is made of hard rock types such as amphibolites and hard mica schist. Rengsfallet lies right in the transition area between the hard rock to the west and the softer rock in the east. In the falls you can see the strongly schistose amphibolite as it changes into the more easily eroded sandstone around Valsjön. It certainly gets your imagination working when you think that the water has been tumbling down here in the same way since the last ice age, i.e. for 9,000 years! Thanks to the hard rock the falls will still be here for thousands of years. The remains of Stone Age hunters and fishermen have been found close to the falls. So the fishing was good here then and still is.

Sights / Nature
Three kilometres west of Storholmsjö, after the road to Åkersjön, there is a forest area which is extremely valuable it terms of biodiversity. It is a virgin pine forest with many endangered wood mushrooms. There are plenty of high stumps and uprooted trees for habitat. Hanging lichens literally drape the trees. Welcome to the forest. Follow a natural path with information signs so you get to know more. For about 1 km the natural path is only marked with white moss in the trees. The forest has been a nature reserve since 2003. NB! Don’t pick any lichen, fungi or other plants! Many are very rare, slow growing and difficult to propagate. So they cannot survive being picked.