Discover idyllic Sweden with a weekend trip to Dalarna County
This county in the middle of Sweden is the point of origin for one of the most loved Swedish traditions – the yearly celebration of Midsummer. Traditional arts and crafts also attract visitors to find bargains among market stalls selling everything from the typical wooden "Dala horses" to national folk costumes. If it's culture you're after, you can't miss a visit to Dalhalla. Check the calendar for this unique outdoor arena to find out if your favourite Swedish band is playing during your visit in Dalarna.
Dalarna was first mentioned in the old Kings’ saga Sverris saga in 1177. The area was industrialised early, and this is where you will find one of Sweden's most famous mines, Falu Gruva. The mining area is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visitors can learn more about the history behind this copper mine and how the red house paint became so popular in Sweden.
If you're planning a holiday in Dalarna you can look forward to discovering the area's art history at the famous house Carl Larsson-garden in Sundborn to see where one of Sweden's foremost artists lived and worked. Make sure you explore the unique Zorngarden as well, where the celebrated artist Anders Zorn lived in the last century. Book tickets for an event at Dalhalla to enjoy both the amazing environment and the music played on stage. It will be a magical midsummer night surrounded by wild flowers, red cottages and ancient traditions.
Trips to Dalarna are just as spectacular in the winter though, when you can go skiing at one of the county's many ski resorts, such as Idre and Salen. Your weekend in Dalarna doesn't necessarily have to involve only countryside and nature, as there are plenty of charming towns and cities to explore. Borlange, Mora, Falun and Avesta have lots to offer visitors in search of some city life.
Thanks to Dalarna’s location, you can easily travel to and from the area. There are direct flights from many of Sweden's cities to Dala Airport. There are also excellent train connections, and there are plenty of motorways going through the county, so you could easily drive from other airports.
In Dalarna you will always find plenty of activities and events. However, what entices most visitors is without a doubt the gorgeous and idyllic landscapes, just waiting to be explored.