Explore the wilderness on foot, in the saddle or kayak. Here are some of the most noteworthy nature experiences on offer.
Dalsland’s canal is one of Europe’s most beautiful waterways. The canal stretches from the west part of Lake Vänern to the other side of the Norwegian border. The 250+ km long waterways are linked together by over 10 kilometres of canal ways, perfect for some amazing kayaking and canoeing adventures. You go through 31 locks as you climb a total of 66 meters on the way up, amidst beautiful natural surroundings.
Learn more: dalslandskanal.se
The Jewel of Rådasjön
In the heart of Värmland, just a few kilometres from Hagfors airport, is Björnbyn.
You can stay here in cosy cottages overlooking beautiful Rådasjön. Next to the summer cottages, adjacent to the car-free Klarälv trail, there is a sandy beach, ideal for a cool, relaxing dip. If you like fishing, golf or hiking, there’s plenty of things to do in the vicinity.
Learn more: bjornbyn.com
One of the best memories you can have, and a great way of experiencing Värmland, is to go rafting on Klarälven. Vildmark i Värmland have arranged rafting tours for over 38 years. They offer a range of different packages for both small and large groups. Rafting is a unique, unforgettable nature experience, filled with beautiful surroundings, rich wildlife, cosy beaches and a deep sense of calm.
Learn more: vildmark.se
Wildlife Adventures and the great canoe
Whether you are looking for peaceful canoeing and relaxing bathing or more fast-paced wildlife adventures such as climbing, abseiling, mountain biking and shooting, Nordmarken Kanotcenter in Årjäng is the place for you. Here you can also try out how it is to be a logger for a day or slide across the water in an 11.5 metre long, 16 seater Montreal Canoe.
Learn more: nordkanot.se
The Wild West in Ekshärad
A little piece of the American Wild West is to be found in Ekshärad. At Sun Dance Ranch, you will discover the wonderful atmosphere of the West with a grand saloon, tipi, cottages and a large flock of horses. There are numerous excursions, day trips and even courses to participate in. In winter, it’s possible to try to sledging and snowboarding pulled along by a horse!
Learn more: sundanceranch.eu
Outdoor activities in Hagfors
Värmlandsgården in Hagfors is a perfect place to start your holiday. No matter what time of year it is, there’s an abundance of activities to choose between close by the the centre. In the summer, paddling, hiking, fishing and the elk safari are popular; in winter, there’s skiing, snowshoe hiking and dog sledding to choose from.
Learn more: varmlandsgarden.com
Stay up in the trees
Naturbyn – Natural Experience – is a holiday centre by lake Eldan in Långserud. You stay in hand built log cabins amid or up in the trees! The romantic treehouse Gökboet is set amongst swaying branches and has a great view of the lake. During the day you can enjoy relaxing canoe trips, fishing or just relaxing in the sauna or hot tub. Naturbyn also organises events and activities for companies and groups of friends such as paintball, cooking classes, and wine tasting.
Learn more: naturbyn.se
Kayaking through the wilderness
A great way to experience the beautiful nature around Eda, which is close to the Norwegian border, is from a kayak. Backwater offer a variety of different day or week trips either with or without guides. If you want to explore the waterfalls on your own, you can hire a kayak.
Learn more: backwater.se
Mad about geraniums?
If you’re keen on geraniums, Niklasdams Trädgård just north of Kristinehamn is a must. This geranium museum has collected together over 400 varieties of the plant, many of which are available to purchase. Make sure you take time to “fika” in the cosy garden café. And why not try a slice of newly baked geranium cake?