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Arvika [1] is in Värmland in Sweden. It is a small city mostly known for various cultural activities, such as once holding the Arvikafestivalen music festival each summer.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

While the city has an airport, it is not used for commercial flights.

Karlstad is the closest location with an airport, but it does not have major flight connections.

The closest major airport is Gardermoen in Norway. By using the various train or bus connections provided by airport-related companies to get into Oslo itself, it is then possible to switch to the Oslo-Stockholm train that runs past Arvika.

By train[edit]

Take the train from Karlstad.

By bus[edit]

Take a bus from Karlstad.

Public transportation within Värmland is available, although can be infrequent. The website for Värmlandstrafik is really only in Swedish but is largely usable to English speakers and provides a phone number which you can call to find out more. [2]

Get around[edit]

By bike[edit]

The city features many biking paths and the majority of the city itself and its surroundings can be accessed by bike.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Arvika Fordonsmuseum, Thermiavägen 2, [3]. A museum full of old cars, motorcycles and other vehicles.
  • Rackstadmuseet, [4]. A hundred years ago this was an artist community.
  • Såguddens Museum, [5]. An open air museum.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit Arvikafestivalen, [6], one of the major Swedish music festivals. It takes place every summer for three days. The music tends towards various electronic styles, independent or metal, but they have other types of music as well.
    • As of 2011, the festival is no longer arranged.
  • Visit Hamnfesten, [7], the major party of the year in Arvika. Takes place every summer for three days, usually during the first half of August.
  • If that sounds too noisy for you, walk around in Arvika stadspark instead. It is a lovely park with a small lake and a fountain.
  • Connected to Arvika stadspark is also Sågudden, a park bordering the local loch, featuring a café, children playgrounds, and

Såguddens Museum.

  • Go swimming at Ingestrand, a popular beach location situated a few minutes outside the city centre.
  • During winter, skiing is available at the ski slope Rackstadbacken, a ten minute car drive from the city. One lift, few slopes.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are various shopping opportunities on Storgatan and Kyrkogatan.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Stefan på Statt, Torggatan 9, [8]. During summer, features an all-you-can-eat meat buffé, a major attraction with the general populace.
  • Häll, Kyrkogatan 30, [9]. Focusing on meat, the restaurant tends to be closed during summer, but is a popular choice during winter.
  • Olssons Brygga, Arvika harbor, [10].
  • Barbord, Spårgatan 1, [11].


  • Snabbt & Gott/Kocki, Taserudsgatan 18. A classic gathering and lunch point, called Kocki by the inhabitants.
  • A multitude of different pizzerias exist through the city. Amigo and Shalom are two of the most popular.
  • McDonalds, Åkaregatan 1.

Drink[edit][add listing]


  • Kvarteret,KYRKOGATAN 37, [12]. Best described as the central party hub of the city. For those looking for some fun while drinking, bowling is available.
  • Olssons Brygga.
  • If you are looking for a more relaxed experience with some friends,Barbord is the place to go, especially during summer nights.


  • Sunday Cafe, Kyrkogatan 37, [13]. A trendy little coffee shop with italian sandwiches and such things - the kind of place that secretly wishes it was located in Stockholm.
  • Nordells Konditori, Storgatan 37. One of the oldest cafés in the city, going back to the forties.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Jennys Hotell & Restaurang, Palmviksgatan 11, [14]. A nice and centrally located hotel.
  • Scandic Hotel, Torggatan 9, [15]. Arvika's major hotel, smack in the middle of the city.

Get out[edit]

  • Klässbols Linen Mill, [16].
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