The Nedre Dalälven River Landscape in central Sweden is home to the Färnebofjärden National Park and has been appointed as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Its waters with more than 30 fish species make Nedre Dalälven one of Europe’s most attractive areas for fishing. And to top it all off, this natural gem is in the middle of Sweden, close to the multicultural capital of Stockholm.
Nedre Dalälven in central Sweden is just 1.5 hours north of Stockholm and home to the Färnebofjärden National Park. We are proud to invite you to experience our region’s exceptional and unique natural qualities created by the mighty river — the biodiversity is so impressive that UNESCO declared it a Biosphere Reserve.
A region characterised by the Dalälven River
The mighty Dalälven River, the second-longest river in Sweden, winds its way through our area for nearly 200 km before finally flowing into the Gulf of Bothnia. The river ties the whole region together — with its landscape, but also culturally and historically. Throughout the years, the river has also influenced the surrounding countryside.
Be charmed by small towns and friendly service
Charming small towns like Sala, Säter, Hedemora and Avesta, or the early industrial ironworks at Söderfors, Gysinge and Älvkarleby — there are plenty of things for you to see and do in this area. Approachable hotels, private “stugas” (cottages), and camping sites with lots of character and friendly service are the hallmark of the region. And, of course, there’s the national park and the attractive fishing opportunities it offers.
Just a regular coffee break? Well, not really. It’s Fika, a national institution. Fika is a coffee or tea break with buns or biscuits, enjoyed with colleagues, friends, family, or people you are trying to get to know. At workplaces, there’s one Fika in the morning and one in the afternoon, each about 10 to 15 minutes. In the evening or on weekends, Fika with friends or relatives can last for hours. Most common is to have a cup and a bun or biscuit to go. Sometimes, someone has brought a homemade cake or a loaf of bread, butter, and something to put on it. Fika is considered a social phenomenon typical for Swedes. It fosters social contacts, creates networks and really helps newcomers become part of a community. If you, for instance, go on a hiking trip you will surely come across couples, families or groups of friends having a Fika out in the open and socializing with each other. Most commonly with a thermos and a bun resting on a stone or a log or around a small bonfire.