Getting There Away

The Flygbuss (Bus 801) departs at least twice an hour between 3.15am and midnight for nearby Arlanda airport (Skr80) it leaves from outside Scandic Hotel Uplandia. Swebus Express ( 0200-21 82 18 www.swebusex press.se) runs regular direct services to Stockholm (Skr65, one hour, at least hourly), Gavle (Skrl20, one hour 40mins, two daily), Vasteras (Skr90,1hours, eight Monday to Friday, three Saturday and Sunday), Ore-bro (Skr200, three hours, two to four buses daily) and Falun (Skrl90, 354...

Sights

If you enjoy fresh green countryside buttered thick with pagan history, don't miss Gamla Uppsala, 4km north of the modern city. It's one of Sweden's largest and most important burial sites, containing around 300 mounds from the 6th to the 12th centuries. The earliest and most impressive are the three great grave mounds (admission free S 24hr), said to contain the legendary pre-Viking kings Aun, Egils and Adils .although that's unlikely, considering the body from the Osthogen (East Mound) is a...

Getting Around

You'll probably find yourself relying more on buses than trains if you're spending any length of time in Norrland. The following companies provide regional transport links, and if you're planning to spend much time in any of these counties, it's worth inquiring about monthly passes or a sommarkort, offering discount travel in the peak summer period (from midsummer to mid-August). Check also the respective websites for routes, schedules, fares and passes these sites don't always have information...

Central Sweden

Gronklitt Bjornpark

Like a tastefully arranged towel in a sauna, Svealand drapes itself right across the middle of the country, from the northeastern shore to the western mountains. It's an area strongly associated with Sweden's heritage - it even gave the country its name Svea Rike, or Sverige . Vikings set out on expeditions from Lake Malaren, and built their most sacred temple at Gamla Uppsala rune stones, burial mounds and forts still lie scattered over Uppland. In the northwest, Dalarna Dalecarlia is rich in...

Orsa Gronklitt

Orsa, 16km north of Mora, puts extra zzzs into the phrase 'sleepy village'. However, it's the place with the most tourist facilities before you get to the area's biggest attraction further north in Gronklitt the fur, teeth and claws at the wonderful bear park. The tourist office 55 25 50 or5a siljan.se Dala-gatan 1 S mid-Jun-mid-Aug, 10am-5pm Mon-Fri rest of yr is in Orsa, with banks nearby. Buses 103 and 104 run regularly between Mora and Orsa. Fat-bottomed roly-poly bear cubs are the star...

Sights Activities

Don't miss Jamtli 15 01 00 adult child Jun-Aug Skr90 25, rest of yr Skr60 20 SJun-Aug, Tue-Sun rest of yr , a kilometre north of the town centre. This museum is the highlight of Ostersund, combining the lively exhibitions of the regional museum and a large museum village with staff wearing period clothing in summer. The regional museum exhibits the curious Overhogdal Tapestry, a Christian Viking relic from around 1100 which features lots of animals, people, ships and buildings including...

Mora

Mora is spliced with Sweden's historic soul. Legend has it that in 1520 Gustav Vasa arrived here, in a last-ditch attempt to start a rebellion against the Danish regime. The people of Mora weren't interested, and Gustav was forced to put on his skis and flee for the border. After he left, the town reconsidered and two yeomen, Engelbrekt and Lars, volunteered to follow Gustav's tracks, finally overtaking him in Salen and thereby changing Swedish history. Today the world's biggest cross-country...