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Active holidays

Foot it, bike it, canoe or kayak it. Hug the world’s oldest tree. Go elk or beaver spotting with an experienced guide. Take the family for a forest walk just about anywhere in Dalarna and you might spot one of them. We’re talking about wrapping your arms around the wild and wonderful great outdoors of Dalarna.

Does your family love a ramble? Then try the Sälen mountains on for size, on easy-to-access and well-signposted trails. There are also plenty of rest huts and shelters along the way. Other great spots for great walks in Dalarna include Gagnef, Sälen-Mora, the Falun-Sundborn town walk to and from the Carl Larsson house, and Fulufjället, where you can hug the world’s oldest tree, a 9,550 year-old spruce and see Sweden’s highest waterfall, Njupeskär.

If you prefer travelling by two wheels instead of two feet Biking Dalarna offers fantastic cycling at seven destinations; Säfsen, Falun, Malung-Sälen, Mora, Rättvik, Orsa and Idre. This initiative brings together a top quality cycling experience offering 900 km of marked cross-country trails and 6 downhill routes. The services are great too with bike cleaning and shower facilities, bike rental, accommodation and eateries along the way.


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Paddling more your thing? Do the family-friendly Fulunäs-Sälen trail by canoe. Other canoeing/kayaking spots include lake Runn with its 100 islands, the family-friendly Malingsbo-Kloten nature reserve, Pråmleden in southern Dalarna and the Fänforsen rapids in Björbo where you can shoot the rapids in a rubber dinghy.

Fishing in Dalarna’s spotless rivers and lakes, wildlife spotting and horseriding are just some of the other activities you can get up to in Dalarna’s beautiful wilds in summertime.  

Visit a local tourist information office for maps and information.