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Lielvardes Rumbina

Lielvardes Rumbina, May 2013
Lielvardes Rumbina, May 2013./ Dāvis Kļaviņš, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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Near the centre of Lielvarde Town, next to a small rural shop and houses is located a picturesque waterfall. Lielvardes Rumbina is up to 2 m high and up to 10.5 m wide waterfall with a nice canyon below it.

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GPS coordinates
56.715 N 24.8333 E
Location, address
Europe, Latvia, Vidzeme, Ogre Municipality, Lielvarde Town, on Rumbina River at E. Kaulina 5
Name in Latvian
Lielvārdes Rumbiņa, Rumbiņas ūdenskritums
2 m
Up to 10.5 m, usually: 2-3 m

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Lielvardes Rumbina at a higher water level, February 2024
Lielvardes Rumbina at a higher water level, February 2024. / Gatis Pāvils, CC BY-SA 4.0

East from the center of Lielvarde Town lies a group of fascinating historical and natural landmarks. Among them are two prehistoric hillforts, medieval castle ruins, and a church. However, one hidden gem remains surprisingly little known: the nearby waterfall called Lielvardes Rumbina.

This waterfall has formed on the Rumbina River. Interestingly, the river derives its name from this very waterfall. In Latvia, waterfalls are often referred to as “rumba,” and “Rumbiņa” signifies a small waterfall. Of course, Lielvardes Rumbina is much smaller than Europe’s widest waterfall, Ventas Rumba, located in the western part of Latvia.

Lielvardes Rumbina sits just slightly above the level of the nearby Daugava River. Daugava in this area was dammed by the Ķegums Hydroelectric Power Station in 1939. Notably, downstream from the falls in the Rumbiņa River stands a historical watermill building. It’s plausible that in earlier times, this waterfall was submerged by the mill’s operation.

The waterfall has formed on marl, a type of sandstone cemented by lime. This particular sandstone belongs to the Ogre Formation of the Frasnian Stage, which corresponds to the Upper Devonian period.

While Lielvardes Rumbina reaches a height of up to 2 meters, during high water, it appears less elevated. However, at the same time, its width expands to the full 10.5 meters. In contrast, during the summer months, it narrows down to a mere 2-3 meters wide.

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