Stora Sjöfallet

Stora Sjöfallet in Laponia, Lappland, northern Sweden
Stora Sjöfallet National Park in Laponia, Lappland, northern Sweden. Lake Kårtjejaure can be seen in the picture.

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Stora Sjöfallet (The Great Lakefalls) is a waterfall in Stora Sjöfallet National Park. Stora Sjöfallet is located in Stora Luleälv (Great Lule River) between the lakes Akkajaure and Langas. The total height of fall is 40 meters. The Sami name for Stora Sjöfallet is Stuor Muorkkegårttje.

Stora Sjöfallet National Park is located in Lapland, in northern Sweden, between Sarek National Park (to the west) and the nature reserve Sjaunja (to the east). The area of the park is 1278 km2.

The national park was establish in 1909. The main reason for making Stora Sjöfallet and the surrounding mountain area a national park was the magnificent great falls, that were among the greatest falls in Europe. Today, however, the flow of water is small, because the water is regulated by Suorvadammen (The Suorva Reservoir).

The vegetation is varied, thanks to the great differnces of levels in the national park.

Stora Sjöfallet National Park is a part of Laponia, which is a large nature area including four national parks and two nature reserves. Except for Stora Sjöfallet the national parks are Sarek, Muddus and Padjelanta, and the two nature reserves are Sjaunja and Stubba. Laponia is the Latin word for Lapland.

Laponia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

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