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Värmland [1] is a province in the Svealand region in Sweden. It borders the provinces of Västergötland, Dalsland, Dalarna, Västmanland and Närke. It also borders Norway in the west and Sweden's largest lake, Vänern.

Cities

Other destinations

  • Glaskogen Nature Reserve [2].

Understand

Talk

Get in

By plane

Karlstad Airport[3] has daily flights to Stockholm and Copenhagen. Tickets are purchased from the airline Skyways[4]. Another option is to fly to Oslo airport (Gardermoen) and go to Sweden from there.

By rail

SJ[5] connects Värmland's cities with the rest of Sweden. On the website you can also buy tickets to Oslo in Norway, which is about three hours from Karlstad.

By car

The main arteries are the E18 road, which connects Karlstad with Stockholm and Oslo, and road 45 (Inlandsvägen) leading south to Gothenburg. Road 45 crosses the E18 just west of Karlstad.

Get around

Klarälvsbanan[6] is a very good and level bike path to the north from Karlstad, in total 90 kilometers along the Klarälven river. It is a former railway track, so it is car-free. It is also very good for by roller scating.

Local and regional buses are managed by Värmlandstrafik. Schedules and a travel planner is available at their site Kollplatsen[7].

See

Do

  • Safari. It's not Serengeti, but with a little luck you may encounter beavers, moose or even wolves. Wildlife safaris are organised from several towns.
  • Rafting on the river Klarälven is an interesting way of seeing the countryside. Slow wooden rafts, 4 by 4 meters, take you through the forests on 1-, 3- or 6-day trips. The trips start near Sysslebäck in the north of Värmland and go south from there. More info at the website of Sverigeflotten[8].

Eat

Moose meat (älgkött) is a widely available regional specialty.

Drink

Stay safe

  • Like the rest of Sweden, Värmland is calm and you're not likely to be exposed to crime.
  • You may want to wear a reflective badge if you walk or cycle along a road in the countryside in the dark, because of traffic.
  • Bears can be dangerous although the risk of encountering one by accident is small. Wolves are extremely rare and will not attack you unless you are a dog.

Get out

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