We havent' established the Nordic Refuge in Dalsland by chance. We enjoy it. We like to walk around, swim and paddle in the lakes and have fikka in the cafés.
Here are some of our favourite places. We will be really happy to show you around :-)
Let's be honest, it's probably the best bakery in the World where our daily organic bread is sourced. You won't come out of their kannelbullar unscathed! (2Km from the B&B)
A hype café in the middle of Dalsland. Great food, nice atmosphere, good cakes in the arty old factory of Fengersfors. What else, really? (2Km from the B&B)
The mill of Tollebol is well preserved and has a wonderful location. The premisses are an eco museum and a great coffee place to have probably the best waffles in Sweden! (12km from the B&B)
Kate is a writer and a photographer, she's behind the travel blog "Kateisaway", focusing on Sweden.
She stayed for a weekend in Dalsland and is sharing her best tips!
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Sôrknatten is a mythical mountain in Swedish culture. It has inspired a landscape by locally born painter Otto Hesselbom: "Vårt land" (our country). It is now a natural reserve where a path leads you over the cliffs for a magnificent view. It's a great late afternoon walk! (8Km from the B&B)
With hundreds of lakes and untouched nature, Dalsland has to be discovered form a Canoë. Råvarp is a narrow lake situated at the southern end of the Dalsland's canal making it easy to paddle for beginners. The lake is secluded and has a great feeling of wilderness. Major rock carvings from the bronze age can be found on its shores. (10Km from the B&b)
Yttre Bodane is an archipelago on lake Vänern, south of Åmål. It's great to cycle the small gravel roads through villages and rural communities to this beautiful nature reserve. The route will take you on low trafic roads, by the shore of lakes and through the forest. (23Km from the B&B)
In Dalsland, you can virtually swim everywhere in clean waters. A few hundreds meters from the B&B, there is a small bathing place where you can just jump into the water. Fresh feeling guaranteed! The beach is suitable and safe from small children.
"Ronja the robber's daughter" is a film inspired by Astrid Lindgren's book and was shot in the hills around the B&B. The filmmaker found the landscape fits the atmosphere of the book and he was right. A network of walks was created to discover the shooting place and one of them starts right at our doorstep! The walk will take you to a peak, a lagon, some caves and a fortress. (3.8 Km circle walk)
Over the ancient village of Edsleskog, you will find the highest peak of Dalsland. It's certainly not the Alps but it offers a great point of view over the area till the Lake Vänern. The walks around are great and the cabin at the top of the hill has a secret. Come to know more! (13Km from the B&B)
The National Park offers uninterrupted wilderness and stimulating hiking in an area bordering Norway. The Tresticklan area is a forested region without settlement and roads that is unusually large for Götaland. A must visit for nature enthusiasts! (65Km from the B&B)
Not Quite is an unexpected artistic centre far away from the big cities. Exhibitions, art, craft, concerts, ... will definitely surprise you! (2Km from the B&B)
Håverud is nearly at the southern end of the Dalsland's canal and offers an interesting view on technical solutions for communications at the time. Now it's one of the main attractions in Dalsland. It offers a good brasserie, nice small shops and a really great vintage furniture shop where we bought our first midcentury sideboard! (23Km from the B&B)
The oldest church in the area and probably one of the best preserved is on the top of the hill, just over the B&B. Fröskog's church is a wooden church from the 18th century, typical of the "peasant baroque" style. It's brilliant!
By the church, in the garden of the old presbytery, You'll find an unique flower boutique and summer shop. The flowers are locally grown, you can either pick them up yourselves or ask for a bouquet. We are lucky to dispose nice bouquets from Fröbacken in the B&B!
The Koster islands are an archipelago at the border with Norway. You reach the main islands (Koster South and North) with a pedestrian ferry from Strömstad. The islands are nearly completely free of cars (Northern Island has no road) and are a real paradise. Great bathing places, nice walks, great food (Koster Trädgårdar is an ecological restaurant and is worth a visit).
(100Km from the B&B)
The islands Väder were an outpost for the pilots helping the sailing boats to get into the harbour of Fjällbacka. The islands are the farthest in the sea in West Sweden and their remoteness is part of their uniqueness. There is now a brasserie where you can have lunch, rent a sauna and jump into the sea. The boat to the island should preferably be booked well in advance. (105Km from the B&B)
Fjällbacka is definitely a beautiful harbour facing its archipelago, a nice little town with shops and sea-food restaurants. Hometown of actress Ingrid Bergman, it's well known nowadays from the novels of Swedish writer Camilla Läckberg. If you fancy confronting the dark side of Swedish criminals with the nearly perfect landscapes and neat sea side villas, Fjällbacka is yours. (105Km from the B&B)
Haga is one of the oldest districts in Göteborg and its houses have kept their original character. You'll find independent shops and cafés on the pedestrian cobblestone streets of this typical neighbourhood.
If you like vintage shops as much as we do... You'll love Majorna neighbourhood. Some of them have top tier curated furnitures while you'll have to search more in some others. But all of them are really worth a visit and there are always nice cafés nearby ready to welcome you for a fikka. Ask us for tips!
Göteborg has a great culture of coffee enthusiasts.
We are getting serious here. No words , just facts!
From Göteborg, you can easily take a tramway to Saltholmen where you can jump on any boat (public transportation) to one of Göteborg's southern archipelago islands. The rest is up to you!