Älvsbyn Älvsbyn is known as the "The Pearl of Norrbotten". The landscape forms a well-sharpened pearl, bordered by the Pite River, embedded between high mountains among deep forests, as well as lush valleys...
Storforsen – a grand nature experience
About 40 kilometres west of Älvsbyn lies Storforsen Nature Reserve, a unique area at the Pite River and one of the most popular points of interest in Sweden. Storforsen is known as Europe’s largest unregulated rapid, which is five kilometres long and falls 82 meters, creating a unique spectacle for both eyes and ears. You will get up really close to the swirling water masses along the kilometres of trails and lookout ramps, that are also are adapted for the disabled.
The rapid is largest and most vivid in early summer, but Storforsen is open for visitors year round and a great experience even in winter when the rapids are all wrapped in white.
Besides the great rapid, the whole environment around Storforsen is grand and magical. The river is surrounded by a wildwood forest with a diversity of plants and animal life. Small waterfalls, rippling streams and natural potholes made from friction from stones and water over thousands of years. In summer you can lie on the polished rocks and enjoy the view or take a refreshing dip in the canyons and giant potholes, accompanied by the sound of the mighty rapids in the background. Many bring food to prepare at one of the many fireplaces.
One of the big attractions is “Döda fallet” (The Dead Fall), where the brave jump from a very steep cliff into a deep pothole. There is also a souvenir store in the area and during summer there is an open café. The rocks of the old dried out river channel are also used as an outdoor area for concerts and theatrical performances during summer.
At the foot of the rapids, lies Storforsen Chapel, a unique church where the altarpiece is a window exposing the magnificent view of Storforsen.
Älvsbyn has 17 nature reserves with beautiful hiking trails of different character that allows you to experience the magnificent nature up close. A nice excursion is Rackberget, where there is a rest hut and barbecue area. On the way up you can make a detour to Hundberget, which offers stunning views over the river valley.
Outdoor life & fishing
Kanis is a recreational area and a winter sports centre for the whole family with the possibility of both downhill and cross-country skiing. In summer you can hike up to the top and enjoy the fantastic views.
For anglers, there are numerous small and large lakes, streams and river rapids in and around Älvsbyn. Twenty kilometres northwest of Älvsbyn lies the river of Fällforsen, which has a drop of 11 meters and a salmon ladder where you may spot salmons migrating the stream upwards.
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