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Distance to Karlstad from:
Stockholm 308 km
TIMBER RAFTING
Oslo 230 km
Gothenburg 248 km
Malm 517 km
Airports

ACTIVITIES Karlstad
Torsby
Hagfors
KsdArprt
Torsby Flygplats
Hagfors Flygplats
BUILD YOUR OWN
TIMBER RAFT
Oslo Oslo Airport, Gardermoen

YOULL LOVE Stockholm


Train
Arlanda Airport

Connections with train to Vrmland


Tickets www.sj.se

T
Vrmland welcomes you to a landscape Oslo
Karlstad Stockholm he river has been of great im-
packed with adventure, challenges and portance for forestry in Vrmland
loads of fun activities. The nature here is Gteborg and was used for log driving well
sometimes so beautiful that it is breathta- into the 1990s. Today, you can
king. It's never far away, and easily acces- build your own timber raft and slowly drift
sible wherever you are. Choose whatever Copenhagen
Malm southwards at the pace of the river. Try it out
you like the most the vast forests, the with a day tour or live life in the wilderness
open landscape, the shores of Lake Vnern Hamburg along the river for a whole week. You spend the
Amsterdam
night on land in a tent or in one of the perma-
or life along River Klarlven.
London
nent wind shelters. You cook over an open fire
Frankfurt or on a camp stove. Things never taste so good
The best way to get an idea of the wilderness as when cooked outdoors in nature where a
of Vrmland and its rich environment is to suitably shaped stone becomes your chair.
imagine yourself at the top of one of our WELCOME TO VRMLAND, SWEDEN!
mountains. If you look northwards, you'll see Vrmland borders to Norway, Oslo is only 100 km away
Sweden's most southerly fells. Down in the from the national border, whilst Stockholm is 250 km VILDMARK I VRMLAND Build your own
raft of logs and ropes and float down the river
valley, you'll follow one of our rivers or stop from the countys eastern border.
Klarlven in Vrmland. During your timber raft
by a little lake surrounded by majestic trees. tour, you are certain to have some memorable
To the south, the landscape brightens up and occasionally exhilarating experiences. If
with fertile farmland which opens up along you like spending time outdoors and a trip not
planned in every second and for which you
the coastline of our own inland sea, lake
will have to do some physical work, but also
Vnern. have a respite this timber raft tour will suit
You're not the only one to come to Sweden
Norway you very well. National Geographic 50 Tours of a
Vrmland for its nature. For relaxation and lifetime 2013.
recuperation or for a breathtaking adventure vildmark.se
that you'll remember for the rest of your life.
Vrmland offers over 1,000 kilometres of
hiking trails and canoe waterways in unspoilt Oslo
wilderness. We share this spellbinding
environment with a rich wildlife. Keep an
eye out for their tracks. If you're lucky, you'll
get the chance to get really near them in a
magical moment. Karlstad

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Lake Vnern
Publisher: Visit Vrmland
Photographers: Anders Tedeholm, Daniel Dahlgren,
Joakim Lagercranz, John van Halvert, Linn Malmen,
Per Eriksson, Roland Svensson, Tommie S Ohlson,
yvind Lund.
Layout: Jenny Nohrn, Visit Vrmland

Gothenburg
HIKING natureadventure-gs.se
prostgarden.se

THE WILDERNESS AWAITS


HOVFJLLET Nature reserve
with the southernmost fjelds
in Sweden. Accommodation in
wind shelters, tents, caravans,
campers, camping cabins, QUALITY ASSURED VRMLANDSLEDER A quality assured Vrmlandsled (Vrmland
modern cabins and inns. Lots walking trail) has been checked and approved by the Association of Vrmlandsleder. It
of activities all year round. satisfies all our quality criteria such as easy to follow trail markings. Bridges, footbrid-
Hiking, canoeing, mountain ges and rest points are well-maintained. Signs are in Swedish, English and German.
biking, fishing, swimming, All landowners are in favour of the trails.
culture and art. Ski slopes varmlandsleder.se
and ski tracks. 25 kilometres

V
to Torsby with ski tunnel and
public indoor pools. rmlands walking trails can take you out to the Lake Vnern archipelago,
hovfjallet.se to interesting historical sites or into a mighty forest. The county is in the
process of quality-assuring its walking trails, ensuring that they have a
good standard, that they are clearly marked and that information is availa-
ble in several languages. Examples of quality-assured trails are the Jrnleden Trail in
Kristinehamn, the Jverleden Trail in Karlstad, the Sundbergsleden Trail in Sunne
and the 7-Torpsleden Trail in Lekvattnet.

GLASKOGEN Nature reserve in western Vrm-


land offering real wilderness. 300 km of hiking
trails, 150 km of canoe trails. Staffed information
centre at Lenungshammar from May to Septem-
ber, with small shop, camping, service house
with shower and laundry facilities, cabins, canoe
LNGBERGETS SPORTHOTEL Legendary sports hotel with an air of the 1960s. Seclu- rental, cafeteria. The Glaskogen Pass gives you
ded location, 630 m.a.s.l. with stunning views, exciting activities and nice outdoor access to all services, such as wind shelters,
adventures for the whole family or groups. Accommodation in hotel, cabin, hostel or picnic areas, cabins, trash cans and fire wood.
at a camping site. The surroundings offer endless woodlands, mountains and many The money goes directly to the care and main-
lakes and other watercourses. Offers a wide range of outdoor and wildlife activities. tenance of the nature reserve. Fishing licence is
Moose and beaver safari. available.
langberget.se glaskogen.se
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BIKING ARVIKA KANOTCENTER Discover Vrmland by
bike, on mountainbike or roadbike. With dense
forests, lakes and steep hills, the landscape is
as challenging as varied. Trails cover all fitness
levels and degrees of difficulty and you will pass
both farming landscapes and forests. Youll find
different tours with opportunities to seek out
campsites for overnight stays or to camp freely.
You can rent bicycles and equipment for trips of
one or more days.
arvikacanoe.se

bikeinarvika.com
langberget.se
natureadventure-gs.se

KLARLVSBANAN 90 kilometers
of car-free outdoor adventure on
asphalt which meanders straight
through the landscape of Vrmland,
from Karlstad in the south to
Hagfors in the north. Klarlvsbanan
is a disused railway embankment.
Perfect for biking!
klaralvsbanan.se

BIKING CLOSE TO NATURE


The Vrmland countryside and its network of forest roads route is a sheer delight, with straightaways through deep
is a dream for mountain bikers. Throughout the county are woods, across farmers fields and alongside lovely water-
companies that rent out bicycles and make sure you get all courses. There are rest areas at regular intervals when you GUESTHOUSE ELEVEN For keen cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts, the
the advice you need to find new routes for your adventures. need a break, and if youd like to spend the night, keep an possibilities are endless. Whether you prefer winding roads or rocky paths, you are
The Klarlvsbanan started out as a railway line, but is eye out for the B&Bs along the route. Its easy to divide up guaranteed a unique experience. To help choose between the wide variety of trails
now a 90-kilometre stretch of tarmac completely free from the 90 kilometres into shorter stages. and round trips. The scenic routes have been chosen for their stunning natural
motor traffic. Perfect for in-lines, bicycles or walks. The beauty and cultural experiences, while the mountain bike trails offer everything from
easy rides to rocky terrain. The racing routes are aimed at road cyclists wanting to
6 | visitvarmland.se stretch their legs on surfaced roads. Day trip suggestions vary between 30 and 150
kilometres.
elevenarvika.se
WILDLIFE

NATURBYN Sleep in a cabin 12


meters up in a tree with panora-
mic views over lake Eldan or in a
cabin floating on the lake. During
the day you can take a canoe trip
on the lake where there are lots of
small islands and bathing places.
It is plenty of fish in the lake, so
why not try to catch a perch for
lunch? You prepare all yourmeals
over the fire at the outdoor
kitchen. In the evening you take a
bath in the wooden heated sauna
and jump in the lake.
naturbyn.se

I
n Vrmland's forests, youll find
animals such as moose, roe
deer, lynx, wolf and bear. Beavers
thrive in lakes and streams and if
you're lucky, you'll get a glimpse of them
yourself. It is also possible to go on a
safari tour. Several establishments offer
safaris. Most operators also offer some
form of refreshments during the tour.
WILDERNESS
WITH AN
EXTRA TOUCH
MOOSE AND WILD LIFE SAFARIS

Alevi Camping
alevi-camping.com
Lngbergets Sporthotell
langberget.se
Nordic Eco Tours
nordicecotours.com
Valfjllsbyn
valfjallsbyn.se
Vildmark i Vrmland
vildmark.se

MOOSE PARKS

Vrmland's Moose Park


moose-world.com

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KAYAKING AND CANOEING

T
here are 11,118 lakes in Vrm-
land, with Lake Vnern, as

VRMLAND
large as an inland sea, in the
south. Vnern is the biggest
inland lake not just in Sweden, but in all
of western Europe, with 22,000 islands

ON THE WATER
and skerries. 800,000 people get their
drinking water from it. Boating is a way
of life here and there are around 16,000
daily privately owned boats. Other well-
known waters are the River Klarlven
which winds its meandering way for
some 300 km through all of Vrmland
Lakes Fryken (consists of 3 lakes actual-
ly), Glafsfjorden, Bergslags Canal and
Dalsland's Canal. The archipelago in the
northern part of Lake Vnern with Lur
archipelago is a holiday paradise. With all
its islands, islets and skerries, it's easy to
find a natural harbour to spend the night.
Discover your own little strip of private
beach or enjoy the warmth from the flat
rocks. Sunbathe, play or go for a swim.
Lake Vnern's water is clean and crystal
clear! River Klarlven flows through Karl-
stad before emptying into Lake Vnern
by means of eight channels, forming the
world's largest freshwater delta.

CANOE
edaoutdoor.se
elevenarvika.se
glaskogen.se
naturbyn.se
nordicecotours.com
nordkanot.se
vildmark.se
waterworldsweden.com
ARVIKA KANOTCENTER 5 km south of Arvika by Lake Glafsfjorden. A well-esta- ISLAND HOPPING
blished meeting point for outdoor activities. Offers activities and events based on
visitkristinehamn.se
canoeing, kayaking, cycling, boating and fishing. Outdoor gear shop, outdoor hot
karlstad.se/Karlstadsbuss/
tub, high ropes course, Jacobs ladder and much more.
Batbuss/
arvikacanoe.se

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FISHING HORSEBACK RIDING

A FISHERMANS
PARADISE
In a landscape with many lakes and
streams, it's easy to find good fishing
grounds. You can be more or less alone
here with your fishing rod and feel the
relaxing atmosphere around water. The-
re are pike, perch and trout just waiting
for you to land them. On Lake Vnern,
you can even catch zander and salmon.
HORSEBACK RIDING AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
FISHING IN VRMLAND Riding horseback, you feel like you're part
of the wilderness. On small forest tracks
alevi-camping.com
and paths, you can experience nature at
arvicacanoe.se
close quarters. Sun Dance Ranch has
fredrosgard.com made western-style riding in a natural
swedenfishing.com/en/pdf-fact/ way their speciality, from riding lessons,
forshagaforsen riding trails and day trips in the forest.
valfjallet.se

HORSEBACK RIDING
sundanceranch.eu

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WINTER
Vrmland has thousands of lakes with many
bays and islands, so its no surprise that ice

THE SNOWY
touring is having a renaissance. They say that
once youve tried ice touring, you can never get
enough!
nordicecotours.com

FAMILY
WONDERLAND

Winter and Vrmland makes


BRANS in the northern parts of LNGBERGETS SPORTHOTELL
Vrmland is one of the best complexes an excellent combination. lies 630 metres above sea-level
for families with children who want to When the snow falls and the and has a fantastic view over
enjoy spending time on the ski slopes. Vrmland's forests. Kilometre
Children have their own after-ski ice is holding, the whole region after kilometre of cross-country ski
events with an ice-cream party, warm tracks as well as a slalom ski slope
juice on the slopes, a playroom and is a giant activity centre for for beginners its all waiting for
video games in the restaurants, top- red-cheeked fun. High-speed you here.
of-the-mountain snowmobile tours langberget.se
and really good skiing of course. On challenges on the ski slopes.
the slopes, the children may come
across the mascots "Bjrnbusan" and
Peaceful touring on snow
"Bjrnbusen" (Bjrn = bear). For the or on ice.
adults, besides skiing, there are many
fun activities.
branas.se

HOVFJLLET There are 15 downhill TORSBY SKI TUNNEL AND SPORT CENTER
runs here offering varied skiing for 1,3 km long and follows the natural topography,
the whole family. There are also well- so there are both hills and slopes along the way.
prepared cross-country tracks and The temperature is always at a comfortable -3 de-
accommodation on the hillside. grees Celsius. You can choose between the skate
or classic cross-country skiing style. In Torsby Ski
hovfjallet.se Tunnel you are able to improve your skiing skills,
whether you are a professional, an amateur, or a
beginner. Try the latest equipment, improve your
SKI SUNNE There are hills here technique or just get a good workout. You can
for everyone looking for real skiing rent a complete outfit with well-prepared skis in
thrills, from simple green slopes to the tunnel.
more complicated black ones. skitunnel.se
skisunne.se

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fredrosgard.com
valfjallet.se
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LET THE
ADVENTURE BEGIN
We travel to explore new places. Driven by a longing for
beautiful surroundings and unexpected, exciting experiences.
To simply be together and escape the everyday life.

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