Mizalvalka Waterfall (Mīzalvalka ūdenskritums)
In the forests of Northern Kurzeme is an elusive, fairly recently formed waterfall – Mizalvalka Waterfall. This is quite small, 0.9 – 1 m high and 1 m wide waterfall.
Name in Latvian
Map of the site
If you see this after your page is loaded completely, leafletJS files are missing.
Mizalvalka Waterfall is a fairly recent formation, partly shaped by man. The current route of the stream was made artificially and waterfall on it formed over the last decades since 1975 or even 1990ies. To the wider public this small waterfall became known just over the last few years, since around 2020.
Waterfall is located in a remote area, some distance away from Slitere Blue Mountains, in a hilly forest with no known cliffs or waterfalls nearby. Mizalvalka Waterfall has formed on Middle Devonian layer of malm, a part of Narva Formation – the exposed rocks are similar to the malm of the nearby Zartapi Waterfall. Below the layer of malm is sandstone that is exposed in the small canyon below the falls as well.
The name “Mizalvalks” causes giggles among Latvians: the word means “the Piss Stream”. Well, there are quite a few fine waterfalls around the world with similar names, like Pissing Mare Falls in Canada and many others.
Highlights of Latvia are the rich architectural heritage in Riga City, numerous palaces, country houses, and castles.
Some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.
The heritage of Europe is diverse and endlessly interesting. Incomparably rich is the wealth of European historical architecture, but this part of the world has exciting natural heritage and archaeological heritage as well.
Latvia offers complete coverage of this fascinating country, including sections on history, geography, wildlife, infrastructure and government, and culture. It also includes a detailed fact file, maps and charts, and a traceable flag.
Touring the peaceful countryside and historic towns of Latvia is made simple with this guide. Travelers will benefit from advice on how to reach long, sandy beaches and quaint provincial villages, as well as a mass of practical information. Fascinating insights into Latvian folklore, customs, language, and cuisine are provided to intrigue the curious browser and provide food for thought for travelers during their journey.