Centrally located in Sweden, Dalarna (which translates to the valleys) is often referred to as the true heart of Sweden. Its cultural heritage is vast, its history ancient. Its nature is both wild and abundant, its seasons both dramatic and defined. Amenities are modern and diverse: shops, restaurants, boutiques, cafés, museums, art galleries, sporting facilities. In short, Dalarna has a great deal to offer, both old and new.
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Dalarna: Its History, Its Geography
History and Cultural Heritage
With its many listed buildings and old wooden villages, Dalarna's historical past is visible even to this day. In the town of Falun stands the sprawling Falu copper mine, which in the 1700s brought with it extraordinary wealth and power. Now a World Heritage Site, the mine is open to the public year-round, hosting key events such as Christmas markets and the Walpurgis Night bonfire and firework display. Then there are the much-loved Zorn and Larsson museums, which display the artwork of three of Dalarna's most prominent artists.
Stunning Natural Surroundings
Forests, open meadows, remote lakes, snow-peaked mountains, wild and barren valleys. The provincial landscape offers wonderful opportunities for exploration in an area that places great importance on preservation and conservation. The location of Dalarna is such that the landscape is clearly defined by the seasons: while the winters can be cold (-20 degrees Celsius is not unusual), the summers can be hot and dry with temperatures up in the high 20 degrees Celsius. The landscape shifts between the flowering meadows of spring, the green forests of summer, the changing hues of autumn, and the icy white of winter: an outdoor-lover's delight!
Where the Rural and Urban Meet
All in all, Dalarna offers visitors a comfortable small-town feel with its abundance of red-painted houses and quaint rural views, yet it still offers all you might expect from modern urban life: international cuisine, movie theatres, specialty cafés, organic bakeries, dance studios... Borlänge and Falun, the two major towns, are large enough to offer visitors exactly what they need, but small and friendly enough to be welcoming to all.
- Ice-skate to moonlight on Lake Runn - Ornäsrännet
- Tuesday meetings (tisdagsträffar) begin for the summer in Säter: veteran cars, flea markets (loppis), small animal petting farm (fäboden), café - (buses from Borlänge)
- Dalecarlia Cup international football tournament in Borlänge
- Peace and Love: 3-Day outdoor concert, Borlänge
- Cruising in Säter: old American and European cars, motorbikes and tractors take to the streets (market, music and entertainment)
- Festival Salute: fireworks and music, Borlänge (visit the Tourism website for exact dates 2016)
A former DU student has compiled a brief guide to help you with your plans to visit the majestic Swedish capital of Stockholm:
Ferries from Stockholm
From Stockholm, you can also take cheap ferries over the Baltic Sea to visit Finland and Åland, or the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
For more information about places to go, visit the websites of the two local tourist offices: