Collected by Marie Oskarsson
Even though Dalsland is one of the smallest provinces in Sweden, it’s worthy of more than just a quick visit. About 70 miles northeast of Gothenburg, you'll find vast forests, a thousand lakes, including the vast Lake Vänern on the eastern border of the province. It all adds up to the perfect setting for hiking, canoeing, and nights under the stars—a top destination for lovers of wildlife and nature.
Kanalvägen 4, 464 72 Håverud, Sweden
The long chain of narrow lakes and rivers called Upperudsälven are a main part of the Dalsland Canal, a 150-year-old and 150-mile-long waterway through the province of Dalsland, from Lake Vänern all the way to Norway. Upperudsälven...
Centrumvägen 2, 666 30 Bengtsfors, Sweden
Find your own idyllic haven in a typical traditional Swedish country cabin, built out of wood and painted red and located deep in the forest or on a lake. This is the ideal vacation for many Swedes – being in nature and a...
464 72 Håverud, Sweden
Swedes associate handicraft glass with the province of Småland, and this is where glass artist Johnny Persson got his training, beginning already at the age of 15. In 1986 he moved to Dalsland and opened his first studio in Håverud. He...
672 91 Årjäng, Sweden
Leave civilization behind and paddle your way through the beautiful nature of Dalsland. The lakes, rivers and streams around the Dalsland Canal are made for canoing – and there are a lot of them. A system of more than 3,800 square miles of...
Färgelanda Municipality, Sweden
Dalsland is the place to hike through untouched wilderness or meditative walking along pilgrim paths — traditional hiking paths used by pilgrims in historical times when they were journeying between important religious or holy...
Stationsgatan 5, 666 31 Bengtsfors, Sweden
Now this is both a comfortable and practical way to travel in the wilderness – pedal along the rails. The 30-mile-long railroad between Bengtsfors and Årjäng passes many lakes, so if you get hot, you can just jump in. Rent the...
Upperud 9, 464 40 Åsensbruk, Sweden
Founded in the late 1880s, this former flour mill produced top-grade wheat and rye for decades, but now the century-old, five-storey grain silo has been turned into one of the most original venues in Sweden, the work of Kerstin...
BALDERSNÄS 22, 660 10 Dals Långed, Sweden
This 18th-century manor house is located on a peninsula on Laxsjön (Lake Salmon) and was built by a wealthy iron manufacturer. The elegant main building and the smaller annex houses are set in a large park which is designed in the...