The essence of Dalarna
Dalarna is the heart and soul of the Swedish folk tradition. The iconic Dala horse originates here and our colourful folk costumes, distinctive folk music, kurbits painting and red-painted cottages have attracted visitors here since the late 19th century. The varied landscape, outdoor activities and colorful flourishing culture make Dalarna one of Sweden’s most popular destinations, all year round.
Dalarna literally means ‘the valleys’ and has a varied, unspoiled landscape stretching from mighty mountains in the north to rolling farmland in the south. Our deep forests, woodland lakes, rivers and waterfalls make it the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature and outdoor activities during spring, summer, autumn and winter.
This is the place to experience a truly traditional Midsummer, celebrated with maypoles, floral garlands, dancing and music. There is also the UNESCO World Herigage Site in Falun, with the magnificent Falu Coppermine, and the homes of world-famous artists, such as Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn.
The mountains of northern Dalarna is a paradise for hiking, biking and skiing, and also houses the gateway to Sapmi, land of Scandinavia’s indigenous people, the Sami. Here the reindeer graze freely on the mountain slopes and in the forests. This is a wonderful place to experience Sami culture up close.
We have the luxury of space and spectacular natural surroundings, and the right to enjoy them freely – the right to roam is entrenched in both Swedish law and our national identity. Welcome to Dalarna.