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Thor’s Well • Cape Perpetua [Oregon]

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Thor’s Well is without a doubt one of the most jaw-dropping sights you’re likely to see. Often included on US’s must-see lists, Thor’s Well is something that has to be witnessed to believe it.

It looks as if someone decided to pull the plug of the Pacific Ocean and let it all drain out, the sheer strength of the current together with the noise it creates is a truly humbling experience. The rock formation’s magic trick is best seen at high tide, when the well gets flooded by the ocean, only to spit it back out again, over and over. Absolutely incredible!

My video of it didn’t come out very well, as my camera was an easy target and got splashed (eek!), but this video is a good example of how spectacular it is.


How to get there: open google maps

Where to stay & eat: For Yachats accommodation and restaurant tips, please see my previous post.

Tips: 

+ To get the full effect of Thor’s Well make sure you visit during high-tide. As you can see from the photos above the terrain around it is rocky and slippery, and waves crash on the rocks with impressive strength – be safe whatever you do, I saw some pretty crazy attempts for the perfect photo.

+ Take a tripod – I forgot, and this is the best I could capture.

+ Take a detour to Devil’s Churn. Named after the deafening sound the ocean makes when crashing on the rugged ‘tunnel’, it is a place we ended up spending quite some time, just taking it all in and feeling very, very small.

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  • Wow, your photos capture the power of the water. Beautiful!

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Keitha, it was a stunning spot!

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    What a beautiful place to go and explore as a family, the scenery is magnificent. The photos of the water going into the well are amazing, I’m sure it was a sight to see it come pouring out the top again though! I’m sure it was amazing to be able to appreciate the power of the sea as it came up through the well. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • one tiny leap

      It was such an incredible sight, we watched it for absolutely ages. we didn’t want to go, but then a massive wave came crashing and scared us away 😉

  • Baby Routes

    This place looks amazing! You had me at the name – Thor’s Well and Devil’s Churn…they sound like they should be on the cover of a novel! #countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      I know, absolutely spot on names 😉 It was the reason why we went to that area to begin with, and we certainly weren’t disappointed! What a brilliant crime novel that’d be 😀

  • Absolutely stunning. It’s a bit like Pancake Rocks in New Zealand, in terms of the tide coming in and splashing up. I love these type of things, just shows how amazing and strong the sea is.

    • one tiny leap

      So great to hear that Emma, we’re going to Pancake Rocks in just a few days! Can’t wait to see them 🙂 More and more I am fascinated with rock formations, and coastlines. The sea is always so humbling.

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Oh wow, I’ve just added another place to our must-visit list! Which happens every time I read one of your posts 🙂 This looks spectacular, and your photos are amazing, even without the tripod!

    • one tiny leap

      Haha!! That’s great! A little far from you though, but definitely doable 😉 It was incredible, if you do manage to go to the west coast I can’t recommend Oregon enough – just perfect! x

  • WOW! I absolutely adore these photos! I have never been to Oregon but definitely hope to one day! pinning for future reference!

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Hannah! Oregon was certainly one of our favourite states 🙂

  • great pictures guys, have witnessed some similar sights on the New South Wales coast of Australia #mondayescapes

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Mark! Would love to make to Australia soon…!

  • Cool, we missed Thor’s Well on our last coastal tour. Your pictures just make me long to head back there. So ruggedly beautiful and different from our east coast beaches.

  • Wow looks stunning! I wish I had known about this when my parents took me to Oregon as a kid! Maybe one day I will make it here when I had back home to Cali! #MondayEscapes

    • one tiny leap

      Ooh! Where did you go? We loved Oregon (all of it!). It’s definitely a great drive up from California, the scenery is jaw-dropping 🙂

  • Amanda & Brian

    We have never been to Oregon but I hear the coast is just amazing. I am sure places like this are the reason I have heard such great things about it! Despite not having a tripod, you got some incredible shots!

    • one tiny leap

      It really was just perfect. Seaside towns perfectly preserved and well looked after and the coast with the most amazing rock formations and sand stretches. We loved it!

  • Oh my! How amazing! It is funny ’cause a friend of mine was describing me the road trip he has planned for next spring. He want to drive from Los Angeles to Seattle. He wants to stop mainly in two sites: the Redwoods and Thor’s Well. I told him he had to watch the tides when visiting. After reading this post, I have to recommend it to him.

    • one tiny leap

      Oh, absolutely!! And Yachats is the place to stay 🙂 We drove down from Portland to LA with a detour to Crater Lake (next week’s post ;)) and it was one of the most memorable drives we’ve ever done. Oh and we loved a little town called Trinidad just 20 mins south of the Redwoods NP.

  • That’s amazing!!! I’ve never seen something like this in person. Nature always surprises me.
    And I don’t even need to say that your pictures make me feel like I’m there, stunning!

    Thank you for joining #MondayEscapes

  • Wow this is amazing! I was just in Portland this past week and actually lived there before moving to L.A. The Oregon Coast is truly beautiful and I tell everyone I can to visit. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to see more from you! xo #MondayEsapes

  • Jenny Eaves

    I had never heard of Thor’s well before, but it looks amazing! I love how it spits water back out again too. I love watching water crash against the rocks and could probably stand and watch this for ages! The closest I’ve seen to this phenomenon are the glacial sink holes when I was in Svalbard, but the water just ran into the ice hole, it didn’t come back out. Amazing photographs as always, I love reading about the places you’ve visited, so many beautiful places.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  • Priya

    Great pictures, I have never heard of Thor’s well. Mother nature is so amazing! Adding Oregon coast to our list of beautiful places to visit.

    • one tiny leap

      That’s great to hear, we absolutely loved Oregon 🙂 Thank you for stopping by

  • Wow, these pictures are seriously breath-taking!!! Would love to visit Oregon myself!

    • one tiny leap

      One of our favourite states, worth all the hype! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Life Unexpected

    Oh my god this place is incredible! I watched that video, it’s mesmerising. It’s crazy what natural and incredible places there are in the world. I’ve never heard of this place before, but I want to go now so badly. You’re pictures are unreal!! It’s so beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather x

    • one tiny leap

      It really is! I expected it to be pretty impressive but it really blew me away 🙂 thank you for hosting my dear x