The lake Siljan area with its varied landscape is ideal for walking (trekking), bicycling and horse back riding. There are several marked routes and maps with recommended trips of different lengths ranging from a couple of hours till two weeks.
Siljan is situated in the centre of Sweden, in the region of Dalarna, 300 km north of Stockholm. The closest international airport is Arlanda (Stockholm) which connects with a direct railway to e.g. Rättvik on 3 hours. There are also airports in Mora and Borlänge.
The destination has four seasons
Our summer "high season" starts at Midsummer (the third weekend in June, when the summer solstice occurs) and carries on until mid August. This means that lodging and food establishments as well as other points of interests are providing services with generous opening hours. The Swedish countryside is sparsely populated. When summer season is over, services are still available but work at a lower intensity. (Some entrepreneurs are even leaving for their own vacations). It is highly recommendable, high season as well as other times of the year, to book all services, at least sleeping arrangements, in advance.
The climate and the weather conditions are normally fine during the two months period of summer season. The possibilities for trekking, according to temperature and light, are excellent. From May to September the days are nice and long. The sun is up from approximately 6 a.m. till 8 p.m. and around mid-summer the nights are very short. Autumn, winter and spring offer other beautiful experiences in the nature but require a higher degree of preparation and more equipment.
Sleep at a comfortable hotel or in a shelter in the woods
There is a wide range of sleeping facilities. A hotel is the most comfortable lodging option with prices from approximately 1 000 Swedish kronor (1 € ≈ 9 SEK) for two persons in a double room including breakfast. There are also Bed & Breakfast opportunities, hostels and individual cottages ("stugor") for rent. (A cottage may be difficult (expensive) to hire for a period shorter than a week during high season.) At the bottom of the "comfort ladder" we find the camping areas and the simple cottages along the routes in the forests. Swedish law (the famous "Allemansrätt"-the freedom of roaming) provides anyone the right, respecting existing business and the vegetation etc., to stay 24 hours at "open air" or in a tent. There are also open shelters ("slogbodar") along some of the indicated routes.