Infos about the region Dalarna
Dalarna in central Sweden, located northwest of Stockholm, has a long border towards Norway. The name of the province (Eng: “the valleys”) originates in the province's natural character. Miles of forests, mountains, lakes and villages around Lake Siljan, with Leksand, Mora and Orsa as major cities. Siljan region's tourism center is located in Dalarna. But it is not only the wonderful natural landscape that has made Dalarna well known. The picturesque villages with red houses, painted in "Falu Red Paint" and the province's rich folk culture have named Dalarna "The most Swedish province in Sweden." In the resort Nusnäs at Siljan lake the famous "Dala horses" are manufactured, which have become popular symbols in whole Sweden. Historically seen, Dalarna had great significance. The population of Dalarna has always been self-minded and often revolted and rebelled against the various kings. King Gustav Vasa fled here from captivity in Denmark and managed to persuade a Dalarna rebellion against Denmark after having traveled from his pursuers on skis from Sälen to Mora. The Danes were defeated and Gustav Vasa became king of Sweden. Even today, a major ski competition takes place on this site called "Vasaloppet". In addition, in the landscape around Lake Siljan Dalarna offers large areas with wilderness character. There are mountains, large forests, rivers and lakes and large marshes. Here you can find solitude, fishing, go hiking or try river rafting.