An exciting self drive tour taking you to Dalarna in the heart of Sweden where you can experience genuine folklore traditions and the idyllic lake Siljan. Along the way you will visit castles, museums and old Viking settlements. The tour finishes on the island of Gotland, known for its beauty, beaches and historic monuments.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. This beautiful city is built on 14 islands connected by old bridges and overpasses and is one of Europe’s largest and best preserved medieval city centers. With its 750 years history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers many well known places of interest such as the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, the Vasa Museum and Old Town (Gamla Stan) known for its charm and for pompous royal weddings. Visit Djurgården, an island in the eastern part of the city, offering spectacular surroundings and many museums. The famous Vasa Museum offers a unique insight into early 17th-century Sweden as well as the salvation of the ship wreck Vasa that was salvaged after 333 years under the sea. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Start your self drive tour north towards Dalarna (Dalecarlia). We recommend stopping at the small town of Sigtuna situated one hour north of Stockholm. Sigtuna was Sweden’s first town and it was founded by Viking King Eric the Victorious. Close by is Skokloster Castle, which was once the residence of one of King Gustav II Adolf’s generals, where the castle interior from the mid 17th century has been kept completely intact. Continue your drive north heading towards Falun where we recommend a detour to the copper mine” Falu Gruva”, inscribed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. There are guided tours in English every day where the guide will take you through the mine tunnels that were used from the Middle Ages to the early 1900. Continue your drive to the small picturesque village of Tällberg, beautifully situated by Lake Siljan in the province of Dalarna. Dalarna is known for its genuine folklore traditions, traditional midsummer celebrations, hand carved Dala-horses, red wooden houses, cheerful folk music and impressive mountain regions. During summer, many traditional activities take place with music and folkdance on the shore of Lake Siljan in Tällberg. Accommodation in Tällberg.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to explore Dalarna. A drive along the scenic Lake Siljan including several interesting stops is recommended: Drive in northwestern direction past Leksand and continue to Gesunda. Here you can take a gondola that brings you up to the Gesunda Mountain with panoramic views of Lake Siljan. Continue your drive to the peninsula of Sollerön, where you can find Viking graves dating back to the 10th century and the Museum of Local History consisting of 12 buildings, exhibitions and Viking ships. When arriving to the town Mora we recommend a visit to the Zorn Museum. Anders Zorn was one of Sweden’s most famous painters around 1900 and is especially famous for his nude paintings, portraits and aquarelle paintings. Visit Zorns Gammelgården, which is a collection of old log buildings, some dating from the 13th century. North of Mora you can find Europe’s largest natural bear park; Grönklitt Bear Park. Here you will find the world’s largest holding of Polar Bears, Siberian tigers, wolves, lynxes, wolverines and Arctic Foxes on an area of more than two hundred thousand square meters. The predators live in their natural habitat, giving you the chance to study the animals in their own environment. Accommodation in Tällberg.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive towards Uppsala in south eastern direction. On the way we recommend stopping at the picturesque village of Sundborn, a ten-minute drive from Falun. The famous painter Carl Larsson lived here in his house “Little Hyttnäs” beside the lake with his wife Karin and their six children. Carl Larsson spent his life painting his family and his home, which is now open as a small museum. Continue from Falun to Uppsala, Sweden’s fourth largest city. The university town of Uppsala is an especially pleasant city, with many scenic waterways, winding streams, countless cycle lanes and a thriving youthful population of students. There are many magnificent sights around Uppsala, where the 15th century Uppsala Cathedral (Domkyrka) is amongst the finest that Sweden has to offer. Other sights of interest include the Carl Linnaeus Garden and old Uppsala where you will find several pre-Viking, pre-historic burial mounds. Accommodation in Uppsala.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will depart Uppsala after breakfast and head for Nynäshamn, located two-hour drive south. In Nynäshamn you will board the 3-hour ferry to Gotland, Sweden’s largest island. You will arrive to the medieval town of Visby with its city wall, winding cobblestone streets and alleys. Visby was an important Viking centre between the 12th and 14th century and it is the best-preserved fortified commercial city in northern Europe. It is today recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Gotland itself has many historic monuments, museums and ruins of churches and abbeys. More buried treasures have been found here in modern times than anywhere else in the world. From Visby, you can drive to a large number of interesting sites and attractions spread out across the island. Distances are short and you can experience much in just a day. We recommend a visit to the southern cape; Sudret, with its rocky coasts and barren, highly scenic landscape crisscrossed by ancient stone fences and dotted with windmills. All along the Gotland coastline, there are many beautiful beaches, rocky cliff areas and secluded spots for swimming and sunbathing in the summer. Accommodation in Visby.
Breakfast at the hotel. This day is at your own leisure to explore the island. We recommend driving north towards the remote island Fårö. You get to Fårö from Fårösund on Gotland with a free car ferry departing every 30 minutes and taking only 8 minutes. On northern Gotland and the islands of Fårö, rock formations called "Raukar" can be found. These are unique limestone formations and perhaps you recognise these rock structures from the films of Ingemar Bergman, who filmed extensively on Fårö. He often declared Fårö to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world. You can also visit the north-western parts of Gotland to see the exciting Lummelunda Caves with beautiful dripstones and interesting fossils. The cave is almost 4 km long and the Lummelunda creek is flowing through the caves for approximately 1,3 km. Accommodation in Visby.
Breakfast at the hotel. Short drive to the ferry terminal where you will embark on a 3-hour cruise to Nynäshamn. Upon arriving at the coastal town Nynäshamn head north towards Stockholm. Take an afternoon boat trip along Stockholm’s numerous waterways or try one of the evening dinner cruises sailing around the beautiful archipelago (see add-ons). Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Stockholm according to you own itinerary or perhaps you would like to combine this tour with one of our independent rail tours, i.e. Fjord Norway & Stockholm, or Göta Canal: From Coast to Coast.