Värmland is located in central Sweden only 260 km from Gothenburg. What’s on offer? Over 10,000 lakes, outdoor activities and a wealth of museums and mansions. No wonder the regional capital Karlstad is called the town of smiles!

Karlstad – Värmland’s vibrant capital

Karlstad’s residents have as long a tradition of quality crafts, as they have producing magical dishes from local Värmland produce. The city has over 70 eateries – and is rumoured to be the town with the most bars in Sweden! So there is no reason to stay in at night. But the little ones are not forgotten – the city park Mariebergsskogen offers plenty of activities and a zoo in the summer.

Värmland’s sparkling water activities

Klarälven is Sweden’s longest river, and cuts Värmland in half before flowing into Lake Vänern. The river runs right through Karlstad, where it invites to swimming in the summer. If you haven’t already jumped on board one of the boat buses – to visit one of Lake Vänern’s 22,000 islands! On lake Vänern you can also take an action filled RIB boat trip with local company Sweetwater Events. They bring you all the way out to the outermost part of the archipelago. Wherever you go, Klarälven follows you through Värmland; beaver safaris and timber rafting are great family favourites. Paddling? The nature reserve Glaskogen’s 80 lakes is a haven for diverse challenges.

Spin your way through Värmland bike trails

The Klarälvsbanan cycling trail and the Klarälvsleden trail are 210 km long and offer great conditions throughout the season. Various challenges are also to be had at Bryngfjorden’s Bike Park and Abbas Stugby. You can find brilliant mountain bike trails at the Långbergets Sporthotell, where you can chose from hiking trails, moose- and beaver safaris, fishing and canoeing.

Make a bee-line for culture and fun

It is never far between the attractions in Värmland. Bring memories home from the Art Museum Sandgrund in Karlstad, Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf’s home, Mårbacka, and Rottneros Park in Sunne. And also from Klässbols Linneväveri (linen weavery) and the Rackstad Museum’s art exhibitions. For the youngest? The playground Nöjesfabriken in Karlstad highjacks children’s hearts with flying colours!