About Arvika

Arvika, known as the heart of Värmland is home to Swedens innermost harbor, an expanding culture, proud handicraft traditions and amazing nature.

Culture and nature in Swedens innermost harbor.

Arvikas marina. Photo: Per Eriksson

Arvikas cosy towncentre invites you to enticing shops, delicious and exciting restaurants and a harbor which is the home of entertainment during the summers. There is something for everyone in Arvika with must-sees for those interested in culture, amazing music, 365 lakes perfect for fishing and water-activities and wide forests. Right in the heart of Värmland.

Restaurants and activities

In Arvika there are plenty of must-see spots and activities for the whole family. The vast woods and the many lakes attracts tourists from all over Europe to canoe and hike their way through our beautiful countryside. Glaskogen Nature Reserve is home to 30 miles of hiking trails which people travel all over Europe to hike. For those interested in culture there are also plenty of museums where you can experience art of the highest standard in charming surroundings. The Rackstad museumis the cream of the crop among Swedish art museums. With new exhibitions happening all the time along with a permanent exhibition from the Rackstad colony - there is always something new to discover.

Arvika has during the last couple of years become home to many new and exciting restaurants and cafés, During the summers the restaurants in the harbor open up making it possible for visitors to enjoy good food, lakeside, and listen to music at Olssons Brygga along with beautiful walks along the waterfront. Restaurant Regi located in Arvikas historical cinema, Palladium and Elins Bakgård are also food experiences you will never forget. Arvikas town-center is also home to lots of lovely shops, cosy cafés and a sportscenter with pools of different kinds including Pirate-vika for kids. Golfing is also a great way to spend your time in Arvika which is home to a great golfingcourse called Kingselviken which is situated in Edane, just outside of Arvika. Klässbols Linen Weaving Mill are the producers behind the cloths and napkins used at the royal palace and embassies all over the world. At the factory you will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to view as the cloths are being made. Finish your trip to Klässbol off with lunch at Kaffekvarnen.

Visit Klässbols Linenfactory and shop linenproducts at factory prices. Photo: Klässbols Linenfactory

Culture and History

Arvika being Swedens innermost harbor gives it connections to all seven seas. During the 1800s the harbor was vital for Arvikas transport and economy. Even more important to Arvika back in the day was the arrival of the Northwestern mainline and traintrack, introduced in 1971, which transformed Arvika from a humble trading and handicraft town into a bustling industry town. The strategic location next to the mainline connecting Oslo and Stockholm is still used to this day. It is used as a peoplecarrier and a way of transporting products to the rest of the world. During the 1800s Arvika was called Oscarsstad, as a celebration of second in line to the thrones son Oscar. In 1821 the name Arvika was given back to the area and the town gained its township in 1911.

The abundance of clay along with the influence from The Rackstad Colony transformed Arvika into the culture and handicraftstown it is today with many active ceramists and artists. Ingesunds Music School strengthens the towns musical traditions and thanks to the school locals are spoiled with choice when it comes to concerts.

Motorsport has and will always be a popular past time for many locals to Arvika. Many famous motorsport-professionals are in fact born and bred in Arvika. Among the most famous are: Kenny Bräck, Per Eklund, Tommy Kristoffersson, Johan Kristoffersson, Petter Solberg och Oliver Solberg.

The local woodlands are a hub for the white moose which lurks around Western Värmland and the most famous of them all is Arvikas very own Ferdinand who bacame an internet celebrity. In 2018 SVT aired a documentary about Ferdinand, his friends and his life in Arvika Municipality

Ferdinand, the white moose, became a wordwide celebrity Photo: Ulf Jonasson

Business and education

Arvikas towncentre is to this day divided into a city plan consisting of grids which was created in 1811. Many well known architects have worked on buildings in Arvika. One of them is Färdinand Boberg who drew Disponentvillan in Jösseforsin an Italian style and Ivar Tengbom who drew The Trefaldighetschurch in the center of town in the style of art nouveau.

Arvika har alltid varit en industristad. Volvo Construction Equipment AB är en av kommunens största arbetsplatser med mer är 1000 anställda. Andra stora exportföretag är Swegon, Westmatic, Thermia och Klässbols Linen Weaving Mill.

Arvika Näringslivscenter en gammal ombyggd tobaksfabrik finns i dag ca 40 företag och organisationer med 400 anställda. Här finns ett lärcentrum med kommunal vuxenutbildning, uppdragsutbildningar och högskoleutbildningar.

Boende och Camping

I Arvika finns boenden för alla smaker och plånböcker, allt från det största hotellet Scandic Arvika till mysiga privata boendealternativ. Ingestrands Camping är vackert belägen vid Glafsfjordens strand strax utanför Arvika är den största campingplatsen med ett femtiotal stugor, fina sjönära husbilsplatser och gott om campingtomter. På Guesthouse Eleven i Jössefors kan du kombinera ett skönt och naturnära boende med god mat och aktiviteter i skog och på sjö. Beger du dig till Glaskogen Nature Reserve finner du Glaskogens Camping som erbjuder vildmarkscamping med unika campingtomter för husbilar och husvagnar.

Sunset at Dammarna, Glaskogen. Photo: Erik Danielsson