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Ockelbo is a small town in Gästrikland.


With only 6,000 inhabitans Ockelbo is the smallest municipality in Gästrikland, this is rural Sweden with lots of forest and small farms. Outlying villages in the municipality includes Lingbo, Jädrafors and Åmot. Many here commute to work in the larger city of Gävle, just 30 minutes to the south but a spirit of entrepreneurship rests above the town and there are several small innovative companies. Recently it has also been in the media as the town where Daniel Westling, now married to crown princess Victoria, had grown up.

Get in[edit]

Commuter trains runs from Gävle about once an hour during the day, from the other direction trains arrive from Ljusdal via Bollnäs.

To get here by car, take the highway E4 north and turn off to road 303. An other option is to take road 272 from Sandviken. Speed limits along the smaller roads is 70 km/h for most of the time, however the routes are quite scenic.

Get around[edit]

Ockelbo is very small so seeing the town by foot is a good option. To get around the municipality just hop on one of the free Kuxabuses, the timetables are not perfect but they will take you to almost all the small outlying communities.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Wij Trädgårdar (Wij Gardens), +46(0)297-55420 (), [1]. A century old steel mill now converted into a living garden. Don't miss the Rose Garden with 230 different sorts of roses. It's also a regional center for the education of gardeners.  edit

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Atalanta Restaurang & Pizzeria, Södra Åsgatan 25B, +46(0)297-40024.  edit
  • Sjöbacken Bar & Restaurang, +46(0)297-42750.  edit
  • Wij Trädgårdskök, (Located at Wij Gardens), +46(0)297-55420 (). 11:30AM-4:30PM. Serves a daily lunch buffet during summer made from local produce. Other seasons open only when pre-booked. 159 SEK.  edit

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Ockelbo Pensionat, Vigatan 1, +46(0)297-40904, [2]. Located just south of the towns center, simpler rooms but in a charming old villa.  edit
  • Ockelbo Vandrarhem, +46(0)297-42111. Small hostel, only 24 beds, located at the main square.  edit


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