|Tallest Drop||3 m|
|Volume (avg.)||0.04 m3/s|
|Volume (max.)||0.4 m3/s|
This unnamed waterfall in the Kullaoja River is a beautiful tiered fall in the Naruska area, in Salla. It is located in the middle of a forest, south of Pimiäselkä Hill, where the Kullaoja River flows over a cliff before running into a nearby, also unnamed, lake. In addition to the waterfall itself, there are gorgeous rock walls, caves and beautiful forest scenery to admire at the site.
The fall consists of the steep, gouge-like stream bed and the main fall following it. The total drop height of the fall is about four metres, of which up to three metres is an almost vertical drop. The river drops into a small pond and then further to the lake through a small rapid. The fall does not foam but rather babbles and the sound of it can be heard far upstream. The rocks in the fall are partly covered with moss and they bring into mind tropical waterfalls in primeval forests. The atmosphere in the area is rugged, lush and mysterious.
Although the municipality of Salla built an official signpost near the waterfall in summer 2017, the place is still so well hidden, that it cannot be reached without effort. In order to find it, you have to drive on the Naruskantie road (about 90 km from the municipal centre of Salla), and turn to Värriönpirtintie road south of the nearby Kullajärvi Lake. Then you have to drive on Värriönpirtintie road about 10 kilometres, until you see an Y-shaped crossroads, from where you can turn to left. After about a kilometre, you can leave your car by the roadside to the place where you see the signpost to the waterfall. Remember, that the dirt roads of the area aren't generally in good condition!
To reach the waterfall one can either hike about half a kilometre southeast from the dirt road (there should be a small path in the forest) or follow the Kullaoja River east. In the latter case in particular, one should be prepared to go around the difficult swamp area near the river. Other than that, the area is relatively passable rolling heath forest. Today there are even wooden stairs in a cliff near the waterfall (were built at summer 2018 to protect the soil), so the fall is quite easily accessible now.
All in all, the Kullaoja Waterfall is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful small waterfalls in Lapland. Even though the amount of water is not that great nor is the height of the fall even close to those of the highest falls in Finland, it is like an unforgettable pearl due to its mysterious feel.
At the same time, the waterfall is a great example of the fact that the beauty of a fall does not always come from measurable geological and hydrological parameters, such as height and flow rate. This is definitely a recommendable site for anyone who wants to experience memorable waterfalls in Finland!
Ps. Kullaoja Waterfall was also voted for the best New Waterfall Sight 2017 in our poll.
Unnamed dirt road, Naruska (Salla)
GPS: 67.45171 (N), 29.21004 (E)
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Walking trip to the fall through the forest is about 600 m.
Waterfall on mapOpen the fall on the official terrain map of NLS
Video of the waterfall
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Waterfall added to the site 12.01.2016, last updated 30.05.2020