Dalarna : Säfsen
Säfsen is dominated by Säfsen Resort AB, which operates the ski resort and is the major employer in the area, so much so that the whole Fredriksberg area is sometimes referred to as Säfsen.
On the 1720-cenury ironworks was established in the villages of Strömsdal, Fredriksberg/Annefors, Ulriksberg and Tyfors. When Sebastian Grave came to the district and looked for a place to establish his ironworks. He was a true contractor and started the works in Gravendal. In 1830 it became the biggest iron producers together with the other works in Dalarna.
Most of the cottages were built in the 1700-century and when the ironworks in the beginning of 1900´s turned into a wood industry. The coal and iron crofter became drivers and woodcutters.
A railway was build during the later part of 1800-century to make it easier for the transportations of the iron and later the paperwork’s. In the 1940´s and forward lots of the cottages were demolished or modernised. But some of them were renovated after an old stile and can still be visited.
In one of these renovated cottages lived a Karl Persson often called Styggen by villager, man with magician knowledge. He was threaded with respect and he also put a spell that nothing will ever grow on his land the day he dies, and witch it doesn’t do still today. The myth also says that if you take something from the land you will get unlucky. If you don’t do the last mentioned, Styggens cottage is still a nice visiting area if you are in Säfsen.
The iron works had finished and instead a paper industry was built in Fredriksberg that became the dominant nourishment in the parish till 1972. The resources was already there- the woods, the water and not at least the employment. In 1898 a sulphite fabric were build in Fredriksberg and the first pulp were just finished by the time around Christmas. Near the “sulphite” a sulphate fabric started and in 1932 later the paper fabric started.
During 1940- and 50´s the town of Fredriksberg were blossoming with a lots of different stores - books, clothing, food, flowering, a little hotel and coffee shops. But there came times when the manufacturing and pulp and paper no longer was pay full. From the 70´s instead there was wooden shelf’s, car springs, wallpapers and laundry that had focus in a couple of years.
The first lift came in 1979 and was the start on the big venture on tourism and conference activity, that today is Säfsen Resort. The resort is growing today and developing steady.
Säfsen is 3 km east of Fredriksberg along Road 245.
The bus stops outside the mainbuilding "Hyttan" where you will find the reception. Please note that the skiing area is about 2.5 km from the holiday resort area.
===By air=== There are flights from Stockholm to Dala Airport in Borlänge (100 km from Säfsen) and to the airport in Hagfors (60 km). Planes from Stockholm and Copenhagen land in Karlstad (120 km). There are also regular flights from Stockholm, Malmö and Copenhagen to and from Örebro (130 km)
Säfsen Resort AB is an all year around outdoor activity destination in . The guests will receive an insipience, memorable and fun experience. Säfsen works as a community and nature park for all types of visitors - families, couples, individuals, companies and organisations. As well as tourists and conference participants can enjoy good service, get modern conference abilities, choose from a big nature close activities all year around and eat lovely meals and live well. Säfsen has 400 hectare of own land.
Säfsen has good skiing ability’s both downhill and country cross. Alpine skiing has 16 downhill runs and 6 lifts with both easy and more advanced opportunities. For those more daring there is a snow park designed by David Ny, who earlier did pipes for the winter Olympics and other world cup competitions.
If you like tour- and cross-country skiing there is 71,5 miles of track to chose from. It’s all located in beautiful nature landscapes and the tracks will be taken care of many times in the week.
For the children there is an own snow landscape, Filurland. Where you can ski, meet Filurus the moose and his friends.
Have you never been on skis before there is of course ski schools for both children and grownups.
There are 1300 beds in cosy timber cottages and conference abilities for up to 400 persons.