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JÄGALA WATERFALL

Location: N59° 26` 59.3", E25° 10` 42.7"

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The Jägala waterfall is situated in Harju county in a lower course of the Jägala river, approximately 4 km before the river flows into the Gulf of Finland. The height of the falls is almost 8 metres and it is more than 50 metres wide. It is the widest natural waterfall in Estonia.  

In winter, when the water mass freezes in cold weather, it creates peculiar wall of icicles. A tunnel surrounded in both sides by ice may be formed between the ice hanging down from the edge of the waterfall and the cliff. The southern bank of the river is dangerous because it may collapse. Up the waterfall, the river is shallow but it has a rapid flow. As the river has flown there for thousands of years, it has carved a narrow valley for itself. There are a lot of salmon and trout in the river.  

In 1917, a small power station and carton factory was founded at the river but in 1922 at Linnamägi the bigger hydroelectric plant was built. It was one of the most beautiful industrial buildings established in Estonia by then. Unfortunately, during World War II, Soviet troops blew it up. In the ruins of the power station Andrei Tarkovski shot the film called 'Stalker' in 1979. The film, which had 14.3 million watchers in the Soviet cinemas, made him world -famous.