The start takes place in the world's largest skiing competition. A strange silence occurs while the scrapping of 15,000 pairs of skis fills the air.

Vasaloppet is the world's oldest, longest and biggest race. 90 km of scenic experience as well as a male test and perhaps one of the biggest challenges you can take. There is no doubt that Vasaloppet is part of the Swedish people's souls. The controls, and the villages, have become concepts that almost every Swedish knows. Those who do not follow the contest in place, together with 1.8 million other people, can scrunch in front of the TV and follow the elite who competes for the great honor to be this year's Vasalopp winner.

We are proud and happy to have the opportunity to welcome all skiers and relatives to us in Dalarna each year. Here on the website you can get help with accommodation bookings. Hotel, package deals, caravan camping, private accommodation own cabin or maybe just a simple place on the floor of a school. Along the VasaloppsArenan, there are plenty of different types and price ranges of accommodation.

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Bike races 2019

  • Friday 9 aug: Cykelvasan Öppet Spår, 94 km. Start Sälen
  • Friday 9 aug: Cykelvasasprinten, 1 km
  • Saturday 10 aug: Cykelvasa 90, 94 km. Start Sälen
  • Sunday 11 aug: Ungdomscykelvasan, 32 km. Start Oxberg
  • Sunday 11 aug: Cykelvasa 30, 32 km. Start Oxberg
  • Sunday 11 aug: Cykelvasa 45, 45 km. Start Oxberg

Running races 2019

  • Saturday 17 aug: Ultravasan 90, 90 km. Start Sälen
  • Saturday 17 aug: Vasakvartetten, 90 km. Start Sälen
  • Saturday 17 aug: Vasastafetten, 90 km. Start Sälen
  • Saturday 17 aug: Ultravasan 45, 45 km. Start Oxberg

Winter week 2020

  • Friday 21 feb: Vasaloppet 30, 30 km. Start Oxberg
  • Saturday 22 feb: Tjejvasan, 30 km. Start Oxberg
  • Sunday 23 feb: Ungdomsvasan, 9 km Start Eldris, 19 km Start Hökberg
  • Sunday 23 feb: Öppet Spår, 90 km. Start Sälen
  • Monday 24 feb: Öppet Spår, 90 km. Start Sälen
  • Tuesday 25 feb: Vasaloppet 45, 45 km. Start Oxberg
  • Friday 28 feb: Stafettvasan, 9–24 km. Five participants share 90 km. Start Sälen
  • Friday 28 feb: Nattvasan, 90 km. Start Sälen
  • Friday 28 feb: Nattvasan, 45 km. Start Oxberg
  • Saturday 29 feb: Blåbärsloppet, 9 km. Start Eldris
  • Sunday 1 mar: Vasaloppet, 90 km. Start Sälen

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Fun in the big freeze

Fun in the big freeze As winter wraps its icy grip around the mountains, lakes and rivers of Dalarna it is not a time for staying indoors, lazing around a crackling log fire with a mug of hot chocolate - that comes afterwards. It’s time to get out and revel in the winter pursuits on offer; cross-country skiing, long-distance skating, snow-shoeing, ripping it up on a snowmobile, or letting the Huskies do the work by dog-sled. Dalarna is criss-crossed by quality cross-country ski tracks, particularly in the snow-clad forests around Säfsen, Grönklitt, Lugnet, Sälen and Idre, or along the Vasaloppsarenan route. Long-distance skating on thick lake ice is hugely popular in Dalarna and there is prepared skating trails at lake Run, lake Orsa and elsewhere around the county. Together you study animal tracks, prepare an open fire and cook sausages or whatever you fancy. Altogether much faster ways of negotiating snow and ice are by snowmobile or by dog-sled. Whether you do it in the mountains in the north of Dalarna, or in the south of the county, snowmobiles are a blast. Look out for snowmobile ‘safaris’ with guide, to get the most out of the experience. For dog-powered propulsion on snow and ice, nothing beats dog-sledding. Try out your own pack of Huskies in Sälen, Idre and Orsa. Read about Alpine Skiing Cross-country skiing Zipping along perfectly prepared tracks is what it’s all about. Dalarna is home to many top class cross-country skiing areas in fell and forest; choose the mountains above the tree line at Sälenfjällen; try out the trails where the Swedish national x-country ski team train at Lugnet, just outside the town of Falun. Or take the family to the Gyllenbergen wilderness recreation area near Borlänge and make stop offs along the route for eats, hot drinks and barbecues. There are information maps, windbreaks and rest cabins throughout the trail systems.  Read more about cross country tracks in Dalarna   Long-distance skating Skating Dalarna is a joint initiative between some of the best long-distance skating destinations in the county. All the destinations offer at least one ploughed trail on natural ice, a starting destination with parking, information and ice reports. The destinations include the legendary Lake Runn Falun/Borlänge for some archipelago skating and island stop-offs, as well as the Dala-Floda trail where you can skate until your heart is content, enjoy a wood-fired sauna and even go for a dip in the icy waters. Brrrrrr. What are you waiting for? Get your skates on and come to Dalarna for your next skating trip.Read more at   Dog sledding There’s something unique about being in a sled behind a pack of excited dogs who want nothing more than to run. Swishing through the snow, it’s a perfect way of experiencing the stunning countryside and enjoying an exciting, high-speed activity at the same time. Sälen, Idre and Orsa, and other places too, all offer dog sledding.Read more about dog sledding   Snowshoeing A pair of light, modern snowshoes lets you negotiate "impassable" terrain. Immerse yourself in Dalarna’s winter wilds; glide across loose snow and go where your skis will not take you. In the area around Rättvik there are a number of marked snowshoe trails and you can hire a pair onsite. The Siljan Snowshoe Race, Sweden's biggest snowshoe competition and festival, is also held here at the end of January every year. Read more about snowshoeing   Snowmobile Love speed? Love snow and ice? Then a snowmobile is the perfect mode of winter transport for you. You can hire a snowmobile in many places in Dalarna and go out on your own, or why not join a guided tour, or ‘snowmobile safari’ as they are known up here for wildlife spotting and visiting local beauty spots. The Sälen mountain ski resorts, as well as Idre Fjäll, Stöten and Älvdalen are all very popular snowmobile areas. Read more about snowmobile tours and rental  

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