- A made 100% in Sweden trip that's all about the open air, lakes, walks in the forest and red clapboard houses
- Your car for cruising around and your characterful accommodation for a cosy atmosphere
- End the trip in Stockholm, as dynamic and trendy as it is peaceful and natural
- Canoeing, beaver watching, Stockholm sailing: tailor-make your trip
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Dalarna means 'the valleys' in Swedish, which is apt for this mountainous region filled with lush forests and glittering lakes. Red wooden cottages punctuate the winding roads, which connect valleys, fjalls (small Swedish mountains) and old-fashioned villages. Begin your journey in Falun, the birthplace of the classic red paint which adorns Swedish houses (made from copper ores found in the local soil), before reaching the heart of Dalarna (the centre of the country) in Tallberg. Stay on the banks of Lake Siljan, the largest and most famous lake in the area, renowned for its sparkling waters.
Take a detour via the region of Skinnskatteberg before reaching Stockholm,
Flight to Stockholm - Falun
Pick up the hire car at the airport and drive northwest to Falun, in the heart of Dalarna (two hours and 45 minutes).
Once in Falun, head to its Dalarna Museum, which is known for its beautiful displays of the region’s culture and traditions. Your accommodation for the night will be near the Koppartberget copper mine. While the site is now strictly a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city itself has remained an important economic and traditional centre for Dalarna. In the afternoon, head to Korså for your first taste of Sweden’s iconic nature. Discover its sleepy lakes on canoe trips and follow it with a rustic dinner around a campfire on a small, secluded island.
If you’re after a further culture fix, head north of the city to Carl Larsson’s former home, Lilla Hyttnäs, in Sundborn, which is rather a work of art in itself.
Falun - Tallberg
Continue on the north-westerly route towards Tallberg (approximately two hours).
Stay for three nights in one of the oldest guest houses in the village. With a warm family atmosphere, and splendid views of Lake Siljan, it is also known for its traditional and refined homemade food.
Enjoy two full days of relaxation. Sit back and enjoy the lake, venture into Dalarna, stop by untouched time-forgotten villages and relax on the shores of Lake Siljan.
Hike or cycle round the lake, hire a boat and enjoy an afternoon fishing or having a drink (or two) in the hotel’s lounge. Explore Tallberg and discover the village of Leksand with its beautiful traditional houses and Mora with its church, museum and house of Zorn. Drive to Sollerön and visit its fascinating Viking graves, head to Nusnäs to its red horse workshop, Rattvik for its wonderful panorama from the Vidablick observation tower and not forgetting Scandinavia's longest wooden pier.
Tallberg - Skinnskatteberg
Leaving the shores of Lake Siljan, we head south through lush forest landscapes dotted with lakes. These lakes are often bordered by charming villages. On the way you will find Borlange, a small student town and the only real urban centre on the route to Skinnskatteberg (a little over two hours). As night falls, head to the Bergslagen Forest to spot elks and perhaps even lynxes and owls. Enjoy a picnic by the fire, where the guide will explain the techniques for recognising the prints and calls of elk. Your overnight stay will be a just outside Skinnskatteberg, in an old property with neat gardens and comfortable rooms. The spa and the quality of the cuisine deserve a special mention.
Skinnskatteberg - Stockholm
Today you’ll leave Skinnskatteberg to reach the capital; around a two-hour drive that passes through Vasteras – one of the oldest cities in the country.
Spend two nights on the island of Sodermalm in an old-cinema-turned-hotel in the peaceful square of Mariatorget, created by none other than ABBA’s Benny Andersson.
Discover Stockholm like a local with a private guide. Start in the old town Gamla Stan. A charming medieval city founded in the 13th century, it is home to beautiful cobblestone alleyways, buildings in pastel and ochre tones and pretty squares. Then head to the Sodermalm peninsula, a verdant corner of Stockholm that has become one of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods with designer shops, alternative galleries and nocturnal attitude. To wrap up this discovery tour, visit the Vasa Museum, which is home to a beautifully preserved 17th-century warship.
If you have spare time on your hands, catch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace, rummage through the legendary record store Pet Sounds Records and shop to your hearts content at the Ostermalms Saluhall. Dance in a chic bar in Stureplan, go sailing to Fjaderholmarna, stroll through the colourful little streets of the old town and discover the fjord by boat...
Stockholm - Return flight
Transfer to the airport on board the Arlanda Express (which takes around 20 minutes) to catch your international flight home.
A la carte
Korsan - Canoeing & dinner around a campfireAn immersion in nature by canoe on a Swedish lake. Before you go, the guide provides instructions and basic paddling principles. After a bit of practice, reach the heart of the lake surrounded by a forest known to be home to bears, elks and wolves. Stop on an isolated island in the middle of the lake where you can discover the different bays and tree species - birch, pine, spruce and others. Then enjoy an introduction to the art of starting a fire in the middle of the forest. Then you can enjoy a local dinner around a campfire while enjoying the panoramic view and the sound of the surrounding wildlife. Then embark on the canoes again to explore the lake at sunset.
Optional - With a private guide, equipment hire and picnic dinner included.
Cruise along the Stockholm ArhicpelagoThe Stockholm Archipelago is a collection of around 30,000 islands, islets, and reefs, which extends up to 50 miles east of the city into the Baltic. There are large uninhabited islands known for their summer social scene, but also simple rocky or grassy reefs visited sometimes by a lone seal, sometimes by a kayaker. The air is clean and the beautiful nature is dotted with typical red clapboard houses...
Optional - With a private guide.
A Rough Idea of Price
- International flights to Stockholm with a scheduled airline
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Car hire for six days
- Our app, loaded with your itinerary, hotel details and recommended places to visit
- Overnight stay in Falun at the Clarion Collection Hotel Bergmastaren in a double room with breakfast included
- Three-night stay in Tallberg at Tallbergsgarden Hotell in a double room with half board included
- Overnight stay in Skinnskatteberg in Farna Herrgard & Spa in a double room (room only)
- Two-night stay in Stockholm at Hotel Rival in a double room with breakfast included
- Half day elk safari, with a private guide and picnic lunch included
- Half day off the beaten path tour of Stockholm with a private guide
- Tickets for the Arlanda Express train from Stockholm city centre to the airport
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