The name Trollhättan, by the way, may be translated troll’s hat, or could also refer to a troll’s mountain. With a bit of imagination it’s easy enough to see strange figures both in the steep cliffs and in the waterfalls.
These days the river is only allowed through its original course on special occasions, to regulate the waterlevels of Lake Vänern, or as tourist attraction. The discharge is then 300 m³/s. There is a special waterfall festival celebrated every year on the third weekend in July; but the falls are also let on for a few minutes every afternoon in July and August (the main tourist season).
So on our day in Trollhättan, at 3 pm we were waiting with all the other tourists on the bridge with the best view of the show. Even with heavy rain falling from the sky as well, it is a sight worth seeing...
|See that bit of white in the middle? Here it comes...|
|No mistake now!|
|LOTS of water|
|This is what we've been waiting for!|
|Time to rush over to the other side and see what's happening there.|
|The Bold and the Fast run down the stairs to the lower levels to get closer.|
|Others like me stay on the bridge and just zoom in...|
|By now, people are running to and fro across the bridge to see Everything at once.|
You have to watch out for traffic as well, though, as cars are allowed on the narrow bridge too...
|Still full flow|
|Can you see the trolls?|
|"The Trolls of Trollhättan" - by Ingegerd Lindbom|
(a postcard I've had for not-sure-how-long)
|Now they're shutting off the water... Troll shower time over!|