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Jodupīte Waterfalls

Jodupīte Waterfall, lower step. April 2023
Jodupīte Waterfall, lower step. April 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Both Jodupīte Waterfalls are charming and… not accessible to the general public. Enjoy them here, in this article!

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GPS coordinates
57.1796 N 24.9077 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Sigulda Municipality, Sigulda parish, on Jodupīte, below the dam, in Nurmizi Ravines Reserve, Gauja National Park
1.2 and 2.6 m
2 (some 20-25 m between them)
Up to 2.2 m, usually – less
Name in Latvian, alternate names
Jodupītes ūdenskritumi (both), Jodupītes Lielais ūdenskritums (the bigger, lower step), Jodupītes Mazais ūdenskritums (the smaller, upper step)

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Jodupīte Waterfall, upper step. April 2023.
Jodupīte Waterfall, upper step. April 2023. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

The list of natural landmarks around Sigulda Town is almost endless and includes more than 20 smaller (but picturesque!) waterfalls.

Most of these waterfalls have formed on a locally prominent layer of cemented sandstone that belongs to the Amata Formation of the Upper Devonian Frasnian stage. The best-known among them could be the gorgeous Dauda Waterfall.

Jodupīte Waterfall, lower step. May 2002
Jodupīte Waterfall, lower step. May 2002. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

Just 1.2 km north of Dauda Waterfall are the next falls that are somewhat higher: Jodupīte Waterfalls.

Similar to other waterfalls around Sigulda, Jodupīte Waterfalls are located in a pristine ravine. The upper step (The Small Jodupīte Waterfall) is approximately 1.2 m high and, after some 20-25 meters comes the next – The Big Jodupīte Waterfall. This waterfall is some 2.5-2.6 m high and can be up to 2.2 m wide.

These waterfalls flow for the most of the year and in winter they form beautiful ice formations.

Please, refrain from a visit to these waterfalls! Waterfalls are located on the border of private property and a strictly protected area – Nurmizi Ravines Natural Reserve, a core part of Gauja National Park. Also, it is not easy at all to reach these falls, this is a true wilderness area.

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