Culture and Heritage in Dalarna – travel to Dalarna and tag culture experiences.
To experience culture and Heritage in Dalarna is a must if you want to explore the Swedish “kulturarv” ( heritage) . The place to start is in the Lake Siljan region.
The people of Dalarna are proud of their culture. Traditions, festivities such as midsummer, their “folkdräkter” (traditional clothes which are typical to a village or a region) and outdoor music festivals are what makes Dalarna unique. In the summer you can also participate in outdoor church services.
Discover the everyday culture and the people that are keeping traditions alive. Tag culture experiences and its people.
Photo Gunilla at Knektens B&B with guest
The markets, shopping and heritage museums
Rättviks marknad is a market place with a long history. Twice a year the small town of Rättvik on the shores of the Lake Siljans is turned into a large outdoor market.
If you love classic cars check out Rättvik Classic Car Week.
For lovers of all old things visit the fantastic nostalgia and memory museum, Minnesmaskinen, in Rättvik. The museum is a true testimony to the passion of the locals to showcase Swedish modern history , both local and Swedish heritage items.
Find a Loppis ( second hand shop) or buy vintage at someones farmstead. Keep your eyes open, these places are not always open. The locals are often busy running several businesses at the same time.
If you want to support local shopping check out the Furudal in the Lake Siljan region. The “high street” might not be busy all year round but summertime and one Christmas they village gets together to arrange a four-weekend long Furudal Christmas marketplace.
The forests in Dalarna
In Dalarna you are never far away from the forest. Get to know a local and they can take you out on mushroom or berry picking (they know where to find the goodies) or even others who know hunting.
The people of Dalarna have worked in the forest for centuries and you can learn more about how the forest has been an important source of income during the centuries.
If you like hiking and history we have the perfect hiking and heritage tour in an old-growth forest.
The lakes in Dalarna and an unique heritage experience – the church boats
Perhaps you are interested in fishing or just want to rent a boat and discover the deep lakes of Dalarna. A fantastic experience is to go along on a “church boat” on Sundays. There are also traditional church boat races.
Ice hockey is more than a sport in this part of Sweden. It is a life style. Get to know some of the clubs, as many of them offer summer schools for active players.
Another tradition is Vasaloppet, an annual cross-country skiing race of 90 km. It commemorates the escape, on skis, of Gustav Ericson (who became King Gustav Vasa) from Danish troops in 1520.
Popular sports in Dalarna, with a long traditions are, a part from ice hockey; bandy, skiing, skating, different motorsports and of course hiking.
The music in Dalarna- one of the unique heritage features.
The people of Dalarna enjoy meeting up around music. Midsummer with the traditional folk music, the popular country style music and classic music at the outdoor konsert hall of Dalhalla.
If you want to listen to or jam with a local Ukulele band there are plenty of opportunities. Gunilla at Guidekullor kan help you to find one.
The farms and local food
Agriculture is not easy in this part of the world. Despite harsh conditions, it is always possible to find foods produced by local farmers in supermarkets, restaurants and farmers´markets. Click the link for information on locally produced foods. Also check out the summer grazing farms, situated in stunning nature.
Dalarna is a great place to find Husmanskost and quirky accommodation. A great place to stop is at the market place Knekten in Rättvik, where you will find Knektens B&B, The Nostalgia Heritage museum and the restaurant serving Swedish traditional dishes Glimrande Lyktan. For great traditional bread try out the delicious bread from Snitths Hantverksbageri in the village of Furudal or Rättviks Tunnbrödsbageri o Handelsbod AB for freshly baked traditional Swedish flatbread