Ravines

There are several ravines in the Messlingen area. The ravines date from the end of the ice age and were caused when the ice lake burst its banks and the water rushed down to the Messlingen valley. In the local Härjedalen dialect a ravine is called “grav”, which translates to grave (normally a ravine in Swedish is “ravin”). So as you can imagine, many of these ravines have an interesting history to tell! Most of these ravines are situated on the south side of Flatruet, and the two most famous (and impressive) of them are south-east from Flatruet and easy to reach from the Ruvallen summer farm (toll road).

Click on the ravine name for pictures and how-to-get there information. If the name isn’t hyperlinked, it’s because I haven’t visited the place yet!

Evagraven

Evagraven is probably the most famous of the ravines and it is located 2 km west from the Rock Paintings at the Ruändan fell. A legend says that a lapp woman by the name of Eva died in the ravine in a snowstorm, thus giving the name to the ravine. The ravine is deep and sometimes the snow at the bottom doesn’t melt all summer. Evagraven is easy to reach from the Ruvallen summer farm and in the short summer months, there is normally a steady stream of tourists visiting the place. But even in the peak season, it never gets crowded!

For more information, see Funäsdalen Treasure Hike 6.

Fiskhålsgraven

Fiskhålsgraven is located 2 km west from Evagraven. The name translates to “fish hole ravine” and it comes from the small tarn at the end of the ravine, which is home to a population of the rare and protected dwarfed char. There is only one other place where this fish is found, in a small tarn in a ravine on the Blåstöten mountain.

For more information, see Funäsdalen Treasure Hike 6.

Gravargraven

Gravargraven is the ravine with the most easterly location, strictly speaking it is outside Messlingen because it lies in the Servsjö domain. The ravine starts east from the Lågvålen fell at the tree line and stretches south almost 2 km. The Gravarbäcken brook runs through the ravine and flows into the Servån creek. There are a series of trapping pits both at the start and end of the ravine, used by the first people who populated this area.

Svartmorgraven

Svartmorgraven is located about 3.5 km west from Fiskhålsgraven on the southern slope of Flatruet. The Svartmorbäcken brook runs through the ravine and out to the Stassån creek. There are remains of an old lapp campground on both sides of the brook in the forest. The name “Svartmor” comes from an old spruce copse rich with lichens, called “mor” or “granmor” in the Härjedalen dialect.

Öjegraven

Öjegraven is a large and deep ravine, furthest in the west on the southern slope of Flatruet, 2.5 km west from Svartmorgraven.

Storbäckengraven

Storbäckengraven is a small ravine south from Öjegraven.

Torrgraven

Torrgraven is another small ravine about 200 m east from Storbäcksgraven and straight above the Öjevallen summer farm. The name (“dry ravine”) probably comes from the fact that there’s no water running through this ravine, which is rather unusual.

Kovvograven

Kovvograven is about 2.5 km south from the outlet of Lake Messlingen. A legend says that during the war between Sweden and Norway, this ravine was a hiding place for the silver from the Hede church; the name “kovvo” means a hiding place and Härjedalen was actually part of Norway during that time. Kovvograven was also used for hiding food and necessities during times of unrest.

Lövörgraven

Lövörgraven (Lövögraven) is situated 2 km south from the Lake Messlingen between Kappruskaften and Middagsåsen and it flows into the Anådalen valley. The name comes from a population of birch on a peninsula on the south shores of Lake Messlingen, just opposite of the ravine called Lövörn. “Ör” means gravel or small rocks.

Storröstgraven

Storröstgraven is situated straight south from Messlingen on the north side of the Anåfjället massif. The ravine is well visible from the village and in the summer time you can see it as a diagonal white line and in the winter it’s dark because of the shadow in the canyon. The Storröstvallen summer farm is located in the birch forest below the ravine. “Röst” means moist ground with strong and succulent grass in an opening in the forest. These “rösts” were important for making hay in the old days.

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In the detailed descriptions, I provide instructions how to get to the ravines. In some cases there are several options, but I’m presenting the route I’ve taken myself because it’s the one I am sure of. Only two of the ravines are clearly marked (Evagraven and Fiskhålsgraven) with good trails but the rest of them require more or less orientation skills from your part. Always have a map and a compass or GPS with you!