In last weeks post, I shared our entire Sweden Road Trip itinerary with you. So hop on ever there first, to get an overview over what will happen in the next few Monday posts. You seriously cannot imagine how excited I am for these. Eeeeek!
Day 1: July 17
Route: Arlanda Airport – Falun
- Sigtuna is one of the oldest still existing towns in Sweden. It has a beautiful little street with colorful houses on each side and many cute cafes. We ate lunch at Cafe Valvet, which is a really instagramable restaurant. Also make sure to take a stroll along the lake!
- We got lost when we were looking for Skokloster Slott, but if you just follow the signs and don’t listen to your satnav, you should find it okay. The castle is beautifully situated at the bank of lake Mälaren. You can also visit the castle, but sadly we did not have time to do so.
Campground: Lugnet Camping
The campground is situated right below the ski-jump of Falun. The facilities were more or less clean and 5 showers were included in the price which was really nice. We arrived pretty late so there were no tent pitches left (there are probably not even ten). We ended up setting up camp on a caravan pitch right next to a big parking lot. It was okay for a night, but definitely not the right place if you are looking for a scenic pitch.
Day 2: July 18
Route: Falun – Orsa
- I already bought our tickets for a guided tour of Falu Gruva at home, so we didn’t have to worry about them on the day. If you have a problem with narrow dark spaces in a mountain, I wouldn’t recommend a guided tour. But if not, then definitely do it. Our tour guide had a lot of knowledge and told us all about the work in the mine including the odd scary story. Falun Mine is on UNESCO’s Heritage List and therefore definitely worth a visit. The original red paint for all of Sweden’s red houses is also produced there. Just a fun fact to add.
- On our drive to Orsa, we passed Tällberg a tiny town and one of Sweden’s most frequently visited Tourist attractions. All the houses are built out of wood and there is a whole area dedicated to crafts.
- Just a short drive from Tällberg is Rättvik. The town as such isn’t that special, but there is a long pier where you can walk out on lake Siljan. The water is really shallow so you can walk out really far which is amazing for kids.
- We weren’t such fans of Swedens E roads as most of them were rather big. But the drive from Rättvik to Orsa was really beautiful. The road follows lake Siljan and there is more than one opportunity to park the car and take a few pictures.
Campground: Orsa Camping
Out of all the campgrounds we stayed at, Orsa Camping is probably one of my favorite ones. The tent pitches are right beside the water in a little forest area. We ate dinner overlooking Orsasjön and enjoyed the beautiful view far into the night. The facilities were pretty clean and there was even a little shop and a restaurant where you could even go bowling. Leaving the campground, there are several trails around the lake and many activities to occupy the littles.
Day 3: July 19
Route: Orsa – Östersund
- If you follow E45 up north, you drive right through Orsa Finnmark. For hours, all we could see were trees left and right. It first went all the way up and then down again to Östersunds. The drive is beautiful, especially if you take a little detour every now and then and drive along the less travelled roads. We found some beautiful lakes that way.
- Our main attraction of the day was Hamra National Park. There are several trails of different length throughout the entire park. Some of them are even accessible with a buggy or a wheel chair. In all of Sweden, this was probably the quietest place we’ve been too. We ate lunch at a little lake and there was literally no one around. If you are looking for some peace and quiet, I definitely suggest you visit Hamra National Park or any other National Park in Sweden.
Campground: Östersunds Stugby & Camping
I wouldn’t really recommend this campground. The pitches for the tents were on a hill, so it was really hard to find a suitable spot. The facilities weren’t really clean as there are too many people using them. Being a fan of at least some privacy, I really had a problem with the school-shower style bathrooms without any possibility to shower in a closed cubicle. It was okay for a night, but I wouldn’t stay there for longer. Also, the staff wasn’t all that friendly.
Day 4: July 20
Route: Östersund – Ristafallet
- We really wanted to visit an outdoor museum to get a general feeling of what Sweden used to be like. So we decided to visit Jamtli in Östersund. To be honest, we were a bit disappointed as it was a lot smaller than we expected. However, if you have small children and understand Swedish, I’m sure that you would have a lot of fun. The whole museum is almost set up like a theatre. There are families “living” in the houses, acting out the daily lives of past times. Sadly, we didn’t understand a word, so walking into a house was always a bit awkward.
- Leaving Jamtli, we drove over the island Frösön in the direction of Norway. We only drove on E14 when there really was no other option and that was probably one of the best decisions we made. The drive to Ristafallet along lake Alsensjön was breathtaking.
- The final stop of our day was Ristafallet. Now, I’m usually not that impressed by waterfalls, but this one was pretty cool. It isn’t all that high, but really wide with some kind of little “island” in the middle. There is a trail along the river and I wish we’d had more time to actually go on a 1 day hike. Ristafallet is also on the route to Norway. So if you want to cross the boarder, this is a great stop between the two countries.
Campground: Ristafallet Camping
This campground is definitely in my Top 3 of our entire trip. With about 30 pitches, it is a rather small campground, but everything is really well looked after. The kitchen was clean and there was everything from plates to pots. There were only three showers, but considering the size of the campground this was quite enough. You only have to walk about two minutes down a little trail and you are right at the Ristafallet, Sweden’s biggest waterfall. The sound of the falling water is quite loud, but I found it perfect to fall asleep.