In Gagnef, the rivers wind through and past the historic countryside with its fields, forests, pastures, clusters of red-painted houses and villages such as Björbo, Dala-Floda, Mockfjärd, Gagnef, Djurås, Djurmo, Bäsna and Sifferbo. Several of the smaller villages are of great cultural interest, and are beautiful places to visit. At Djurås, the fast-flowing Västerdal River and the tranquil Österdal River flow into the mighty Dal River.
Gagnef is an oasis for relaxation, with its lakes for swimming and fishing, its friendly cafés and its wealth of culture. The rich tradition of textiles includes fine lacework, folk embroidery and Walstedts woollen mill.
Don’t miss the Dala-Floda midsummer cow festival, held for the 112th time in 2015. The festival dates back to the celebrations held when the young women came back down from the pastures to the village. Today, this has become a week-long event packed with experiences to suit every taste, featuring many ancient traditions.
Gagnef is also a place for adventures and challenges. Launching yourself down the wild rapids of the Västerdal River in an inflatable boat or a whitewater kayak is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience. There are also deep forests for adventurous hikes or enjoyable day-trips.
Dala-Floda Värdshus is a White Guide-listed inn that serves food made from local and organic ingredients. Wålstedts Lantbruk has a farm shop, and also offers cultural, artistic and culinary delights. Bäsna Trädgård features inspiring, exciting gardens and a wonderful summer café serving a popular pelargonium cake. As summer turns to autumn, candle-lit musical evenings are held.