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Fulufjället Wilderness

Fulufjället Wilderness

  • Author: Max Rossberg
  • Date Posted: Dec 19, 2017
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  • Address: Fulufjället National Park

Fulufjället Wilderness

The 10,440 ha Fulufjället Wilderness is embedded in Fulufjället National Park, Sweden. Located at the border with Norway, Fulufjället Wilderness is a virtually untouched Scandinavian nature area in the county of Dalarna. Fulufjället Wilderness is named after the mountain Fulufjället that is 1,044 m high. It covers the Swedish part of the Fulufjället massif, which is the southernmost part of the Scandes in Sweden. The Norwegian part of the massif is protected by Norway’s Fulufjället National Park.

European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit System

The 10,440 ha Fulufjället Wilderness was audited and monitored in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and in 2012 and meets the Platinum Wilderness Quality Standard. A European Wilderness Quality Standard Renewal-Audit is scheduled for 2022.

Wilderness information

  • Protected area: Fulufjället National Park
  • Wilderness: Fulufjället Wilderness
  • Wilderness Quality Standard: Platinum
  • Country: Sweden
  • Size of the protected area: 22,140 ha
  • Size of the Wilderness: 10,440 ha
  • European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit: 2012
  • Last update: 2012
  • Wilderness Uniqueness: Dense boreal old-growth forest, bare mountains with large fields of lichens, Sweden’s highest waterfall – Njupeskar (93m). Old Tjikko, one of the world’s oldest trees, bare mountains, alpine areas with heaths of brush, grass and lichens. Suitable habitat for brown bear, wolverine, Eurasian lynx and Siberian jay
  • Number of visitors per year to the protected area: approx. 58,000
  • Number of visitors per year to the Wilderness: approx. 26,000

Biodiversity

The Fulufjället Wilderness is a high plateau, deeply gouged by several rivers that flow into the mighty river Dalälven that also creates the unique topography of the Fulufjället National Park. The geography is dominated by bare mountains and valleys with dense old-growth forest. There is no reindeer grazing in Fulufjället Wilderness, so the mountain heath is covered with a thick carpet of heaths of brush, grass and lichens. In this arctic tundra is also Old Tjikko, one of the oldest trees in the world. Although the tree is small, scientists proved that the tree is over 9,500 years old.

This tree can reproduce by shooting roots into the ground. During warmer periods the spruce grew upright like a tree, while during colder times it has grown more like a bush, letting the snow cover and protect it during the winters. The park is a great location for several species of birds, including the bluethroat, the rare gyrfalcon and bold Siberian jay, the symbol of the park.

Wilderness Tourism Experience

The Fulufjället Wilderness is close to the majority of the country’s population. The number of visitors dramatically increased, about 40% compared to 2001, before the creation of Fulufjället National Park.

Notable sights include Sweden’s largest waterfall, Njupeskar, with a total height of 93 m, and a free fall of 70 m. For thousands of years the water of the Njupeskär waterfall has carved out a deep canyon, which many visitors come to see. The top of the falls with a fantastic view of the canyon and the landscape is the main motivation of these visits. Another visitor attraction is to observe the impact of a great flood in Fulufjället Wilderness from a big storm back in 1997.

Contact

Fulufjället National Park
naturum Fulufjället, visitors center in Fulufjället National Park
Naturum Fulufjället, Box 128, 790 90 Särna, SWEDEN
www.sverigesnationalparker.se/fulufjället

 

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