The province of V?rmland is in the west of Sweden and its western edge borders Norway.
V?rmland is one giant nature attraction. 10,000 lakes dot the forested landscape here and Sweden’s longest river, the Klar?lven river, splits the province down the middle before flowing into one of Europe’s largest lakes, V?nern, near the city of Karlstad.
Go with the flow
Bond (literally) with family and friends on a timber-rafting trip down the Klar?lven river. You get to build your own raft with the help of an expert and then you float at 3 kmph downriver.?
Another watery adventure is the Glaskogen nature reserve of vast forests and 80 lakes. And, of course the best way to experience it is from a canoe. You can take a 7-day canoe trip here spending the night in a tent, or overnight cabin. Deep forest, shimmering lakes, fishing and peace and quiet.?
If you prefer dry land and bit more civilization check out the Klar?lvsbanan?cycle path and Klar?lvsleden hiking trail, a www.fbgk.netbined 210 km of cycling and hiking from Hammar? in the south of the province, stretching into the north, via Karlstad, the capital of the province. Expect forest, river and countryside, dotted with small towns for eats and sightseeing. Find out more about hiking in V?rmland on the V?rmlandsleder website
What about a spot of doing zilch beside a lake? One of the best places to do must be at Naturbyn near S?ffle in the south of the province. You stay in an ecologically-built wooden cabin with no electricity, the cooking is www.fbgk.netmunal, as is the wood-fired sauna.?
One of Europe's biggest lakes?
Sweden's biggest lake (and one of Europe's biggest lakes), Lake V?nern, contains 22,000 islands, islets and skerries and canoeing and kayaking are popular activities here. As the lake is so big it almost feels like the sea and you can swim and fish here too.?
You can take a boat cruise to the islands of Lur?. The Lur? archipelago is famous far beyond Sweden for its beautiful natural surroundings and distinctive fauna. On Lur?, right in the middle of Lake V?nern, you even stay overnight!?
A bit of culture
The culture of pampering and relaxation that is. Visit Sweden’s first spa at Selma Spa+ in the town of Sunne. Here you get some forty treatments, a fab fitness centre and good eats. And lots of relaxation. The other culture? How about world famous author Selma Lagerl?f, the first winner of the Nobel prize for literature in 1909. You can visit her beautiful home at M?rbacka?in Sunne. Continuing the literary theme, you can also visit the former home of Swedish national poet Gustaf Fr?ding at Alsters Herrg?rd just outside Karlstad. And talking of Karlstad do visit the fabulous V?rmland Museum, and behind it the Lars Lerin Museum.
At the well-known linen weaving mill in Kl?ssbol, cloths and napkins are woven mechanically and manually for delivery to the royal court, embassies and the Nobel banquet.??
The city of Karlstad lies on the river delta where two of Sweden’s great natural waterways meet; the 500 km long Klara river and the mighty Lake V?nern, with its archipelago of 22,000 islands.?
The white moose in V?rmland
The white moose in V?rmland is now famous world wide since video footage went viral during 2017. Although sightings are rare, specimens can occasionally be spotted in the western and northern parts of V?rmland. See the video of the white moose in V?rmland