Road trip along lake Siljan. Kurbitspainted Dala horses and a telephone booth. A cultural visit to Hildasholm and the Zorn Museum. Sweden’s longest jetty followed by a lookout point. Mora knives and the finish line for Vasaloppet. Yes, the list can be made long on places to visit that are around Lake Siljan. Join us on our trip that we did with our motorhome.
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Road trip along lake Siljan in Dalarna, Sweden
Some 365 million years ago, a meteorite struck the earth and, formed what today is called Silverringen the silver Ring a trail of silver and iron. In addition to Lake Siljan, Lake Orsasjon, Skattungen, Oresjon, and some small lakes in Bodadalen are also included in “the ring”. But it is usually the largest of the lakes, Siljan, that gets the most appreciation and attention from the visitors. And after a round along Sweden’s seventh-largest lake, it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular.
The first stop of the trip will be Leksand, known for ice hockey and crispbread. The factory for the latter is located along the road and crispbread is sold here at a favorable price. The majority is second-hand sorting, but there is nothing wrong with the taste. Five kilos of crispbread for SEK 75 (7,5 Euro) fits in most motorhomes and lays the foundation for a successful breakfast for a long time to come. Near the crispbread factory, there’s also a modern rest area that offers both emptying of greywater and latrines as well as refilling of water.
Floating bridge in Gagnef
There’s a really unique bridge in Gagnef. This bridge is a floating one. Not special enough? Well, this one is one that can take cars and motorhomes up t0 4 000 kilos. It’s a suspension bridge that floats on water and that allows you to drive through the lake. It is really special to drive across the bridge and you can feel it moving. Next to the bridge, there’s a restaurant that we heard a lot of nice stuff about. However, we didn’t go there ourselves.
In 2015 the bridge got destroyed by a truck. The truck weighed 60 ooo kilos and the driver missed the sign that said that you can weigh 4 000 kilos at the most. Today, the bridge is up and running and they have also made it even safer by lowering the height of the cars to three meters. Make sure to check it out while visiting Dalarna.
Vastanviksbadets Camping – a great stay
A great way to start is to check-in at Västanviksbadets Camping. Here you are right next to Lake Siljan and have the opportunity to start your holiday in peace and quiet. The campsite focuses on community and family life, but apart from the two swings, there are no playgrounds in the area. This is a conscious decision as the owners want the children to play with each other and the parents.
– We think it is important that you spend time as a family and that you invent things together, says Odet Zonneveld, owner of the campsite.
There are games and books to borrow, but most people come up with something out of the ordinary. A father plays soccer with his two sons. Two chairs may act as goals and everyone is having fun.
Get your culture fix at Hildasholm
A short distance from the campsite is one big cultural travel destination, Hildasholm. The cultural trip includes nine cultural-historical destinations around Dalarna that create a good list of sights that should not be missed. Hildasholm, formerly called “Stengården”, is the doctor and author Axel Munthe’s morning gift to his wife Hilda. Axel was Queen Victoria’s physician from 1893 until her death.
By taking a guided tour inside Hildasholm, you get an insight into how the rich society lived and what it looked like at home with a very creative family. Walls and ceilings are painted by family members and, you can’t help but be impressed by this place. A visit is not complete without a walk in the beautiful gardens that belong to the estates. Hilda created a real paradise for her family who still live today and use this as a summer vacation home.
Karl-Tovasen’s Chalet – where history is alive and kicking
A couple of kilometers from Leksand, Karl-Tövåsen’s living chalet is open for visitors. The chalet has been in use every summer since 1663 without any breaks. Today it is run by the Gumuns family and they offer guided tours and tell visitors all about this place’s history. Here is the opportunity to, not only see but also taste homemade butter.
This can be the tastiest butter ever and it is a special feeling when the crispbread is spread with the yellow gold. Water pearls that have remained after the butter has been washed clean. It creates a shimmer next to the butter knife. There are also many farm animals and you can visit both cows, pigs, and goats. A fun outing for the whole family simply!
Tallberg and Rattvik
The road trip along Lake Siljan continues north to the small Dala village Tällberg, a true gem with its large number of hotels. The village has no less than eight hotels where the oldest is Åkerblad’s Guesthouse, Hotel, and Spa which dates back to the 15th century. After photographing the village’s beautiful telephone booth painted in kurbits, it’s time to enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. A tip is to order their lamb roast beef with baked root vegetables – a taste experience beyond the ordinary.
After exploring Tällberg on foot during the day, it’s time to head to Rättvik. It is safe to say that Rättvik is one of Dalarna’s largest tourist destinations during the summer. The long jetty, which is 628 meters long, extends straight into Lake Siljan. It was built in 1895 as a mooring place for a steamer that served Lake Siljan until the 1950s. In 1992, the bridge was reopened and is today a major tourist attraction in the city. This jetty is probably not only Sweden’s longest, but the world’s longest lake jetty.
Rattvik has some great things to offer
Dala horses – the most Swedish thing
Painting the Dala horses
Mora – where Vasaloppet ends
Campings around Mora
Not far from the Zorn Museum, you can find Mora Parken. A large campsite which, despite its central location, is located in nature. The campsite has everything that could be needed and a big plus is, in addition to its location, the fresh facilities.
Eat well during your road trip along Siljan
• Crispbread and ice cream kiosk outside Leksand’s crispbread. Serves crispbreads and crispy pizza at reasonable prices.
Address: Gärde stationsvägen 11, Leksand.
• Åkerblads Hotell, Gästgiveri, Spa. Serves dishes with locally produced ingredients in the highest class.
Address: Sjögattu 2, Tällberg.
• Fricks Konditori. Here you will find both breakfast and lunch and of course delicious cakes and pastries.
Address: HSB Gatan 14 Rättvik.
• Café Zorn. A café that serves various goodies.
Address: 34C Vasagatan Zorngården, Mora.
Campsites for your road trip along lake Siljan
Address: Västanvik Siljansnäsvägen 130, 793 92 Leksand.
• Tällberg Camping – Beautifully located and close to nice walking paths.
Address: Sjögattu 44, Tällberg.
• Siljansbadets Camping – Offers 400 places next to Siljan.
Address: Långbryggevägen 4, Rättvik.
• Mora Parken Camping – A campsite in the middle of central Mora. Even if you are practically in the middle of the city, the campsite is located in a really scenic place next to Lake Siljan.
Address: Parkvägen 1, Mora.
• Mora Life Åmåsängsgården – A relaxing oasis just outside Mora with a lot of heart.
Address: Åmåsängsvägen 90, Mora.