- 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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Your Dalarna trip
Your journey begins in Falun, the birthplace of the red of Swedish houses painted using the copper ores in the local subsoil, before reaching the heart of Dalarna (the centre of the country) in Tallberg, on the banks of Lake Siljan. The largest and most famous lake in the area, renowned for its sparkling waters, peaceful shores and typical villages.
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Falun - Sweden in red
The origin of the bright red facades of Swedish log cabins can be traced back to Falun. The small town has long been the global copper capital and the epicentre of the copper red colour called 'falurid'. At its peak, two thirds of the world's production came from the Koppartberget mine. The site, now a World Heritage site, is one of the must-sees of the region. Not far from Falun, the town of Sundborn is home to the beautiful house museum of Swedish art figure Carl Larsson.
Tallberg & Lake Siljan
Whether geographically or symbolically, Tallberg is at the centre of Sweden. The city is home to charming red Falun cottages; Lake Siljan and the surrounding forests complete the perfect postcard scenery evoked by the city. Tallberg is also a perennial cultural stronghold with striking architecture. On Saint John's Eve, on the summer solstice, its inhabitants dress in traditional costume and dance joyfully around flower-covered maypoles. It's a charming stop that romantics will love.
Stockholm - Peaceful but trendy
The capital is a welcoming city, with a lively but peaceful rhythm. Stockholm is rich in contrasts and variety. Home to a harmonious combination of traditions and new trends, Stockholm also combines an ever more futuristic centre with omnipresent nature. Built on 14 islands, the capital can be discovered on foot through old lanes and pedestrian streets, or by ferry for crossings of the archipelago that fill your lungs with salty fresh air.
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).
Along the way - A stop at the Dalarna Museum for a beautiful introduction to the culture and traditions of this region - another at Sala, which has preserved its charm thanks to its winding canals in the middle of the city.
Overnight stay in comfortable accommodation in the historic city of Falun, near the Koppartberget copper mine. The site is now a UNESCO World heritage site and boots and a helmet must be worn. Despite the mine's closure in 1992, the city remains the economic hub of the region and one of those places where traditions continue. North of the city, in Sundborn, the museum house of the Arts & Crafts artist Carl Larsson is a work of art in itself.
Optional - In the afternoon, head for Korsan for your first immersion into nature on a lake canoe trip, followed by dinner around a campfire on a small secluded island.
Falun - Tallberg
Continuation of the north-westerly route towards Tallberg (1h), in the centre of Sweden, both in terms of geography as well as symbolically, and still in the heart of Dalarna.
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. Special mention should be made of the traditional and refined homemade cuisine here.
Two full days to sit back and relax at the edge of the lake and venture into Dalarna, stopping at untouched villages and on the shores of Lake Siljan.
Things to see and do - Hike or cycle around - fishing on the lake - have tea in one of the hotel's lovely lounges or a drink on the terrace overlooking the lake - explore Tallberg to discover the village of Leksand with its beautiful traditional houses, Mora with its church or Zorn's workshop - sail to Solleron Island - Nusnass and the red horse workshop - Rattvik for a wonderful panorama from the Vidablick observation tower and Scandinavia's longest bridge...
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 2 hours).
In the itinerary- An elk safari. As night falls, head to the Bergslagen Forest to spot elks, and perhaps even lynxes or owls. A short picnic dinner break by the fire, during which the guide explains the techniques for recognising the prints and calls of elk, which have lived here for several millennia.
Overnight stay a little further from Skinnskatteberg, in an old property with neat gardens and comfortable rooms. The spa and the quality of the cuisine, both at tea time and in the evening, deserve a special mention.
Skinnskatteberg - Stockholm
We leave Dalarna to reach the capital; around a two-hour drive that passes through Vasteras, one of the oldest cities in the country with an important port and economy.
Spend two nights on the island of Sodermalm in an unusual hotel in the peaceful square of Mariatorget. An old cinema inaugurated in 1937 houses a large hall, restaurant, bar, pastry shop and some apartments, and since then it has been transformed into a hotel owned by none other than one of ABBA's singers.
In the itinerary - Stockholm off the beaten track with a private guide. Start with 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 reach the Sodermalm peninsula, this little green corner of Stockholm has become one of the city's trendy neighbourhoods, with its small designer shops and alternative galleries as well as its fun nocturnal energy. To wrap up this discovery tour, visit the Vasa Museum, home to a beautifully preserved 17th-century warship.
Things to see and do - watch the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace - rummage through the legendary record store Pet Sounds Records - go gourmet shopping at the Ostermalms Saluhall - dance in a chic bar in Stureplan - go sailing to Fjaderholmarna - go for a trendy boutique run in Sodermalm - stroll through the colourful little streets of the old town - discover the fjord by boat...
Optional - A sailing cruise in the Stockholm Islands.
Stockholm - Return flight
Transfer to the airport on board the Arlanda Express (20 mins - train tickets included) and return international flight.
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Korsan - Canoeing & dinner around a campfire
An 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 Arhicpelago
The 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.
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