/ Written by Jonas Hållén

Hiking the Swedish Appalachians

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After years of hiking in the area, Alvar Hansetun finally decided he wanted to walk the whole Bergslagsleden (Bergslag’s Trail). So he packed his backpack and did the 17 sections, measuring a total of 280 km’s, in 15 days and 9 hours. ”I have walked sections of the trail many times. It’s been my local […]

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The Wild West of Sweden

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You may experience it among the mountains in Sarek and Padjelanta, or in the forests in Vålådalen, Tjeggelvas and Muddus: the sensation of being entirely alone in the world. You get the same feeling on the Pilgrim trail through Dalsland, a few kilometres north of Upperud. The deep silence. The muted colours. The serenity. You […]

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Dalsland is aiming for Chinese tourists

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The number Chinese tourists are growing rapidly in Sweden. Dalsland is among several areas in Sweden trying to catch the crowd. Personal connections is a key factor for success. Since last year the local outdoor company Dalsland’s Activities is organizing a Nature Worskhop for Chinese teenagers and their parents in cooperation with Lei Huang and […]

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Kids are doin’ it for themselves

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It’s getting more and more popular – and kids love it. Bushcraft is a good way of getting young people out in the nature and learning about basic survival skills. Among all the activities at the recent Outdoor Academy of Sweden in Dalsland, fishing, wood carving and making fire with a fire steel was the favourite […]

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Dalsland’s Canoe Marathon

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The long, narrow lakes and streams are Dalsland’s ”killer app”. They make for perfect canoeing. So it was no coincidence that Dalsland developed a Canoe Marathon. Sweden’s toughest canoe race through Dalsland’s countryside is 55 kilometers long. The DCM+ is held in the northern section of the Dalsland Canal lake system and starts by the […]

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A hidden hiking gem

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Dalsland is famous for its lakes, the canal and paddling. But there’s also a trail system to explore if you prefer to venture into the deep woods. At the core of this system of shorter trails, running in loops or from east to west (or the other way around) is the more than 100 km […]

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The Pike of the Manor

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What does this big pike has to do with Baldersnäs Manor? And what’s the manor’s connection to the Noble Prize? Read the story about a place that has seen ironmasters, engineers, famous aviators and TV-personalities in the master’s bedroom. Baldersnäs, the headquarter of this years Outdoor Academy of Sweden, is an imposing sight: 115 hectare […]

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Movement and learning in nature

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For three years now, German recreational pedagogue Franziska Kaufmann has worked on increasing young people’s willingness to move around in nature. ”Children need to use all their senses in the learning process,” she explains. ”When you return from a long hike full of impressions from the trail, the forest and glistening lakes, feeling sated with […]

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It’s heating up!

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One more week to go before Outdoor Academy of Sweden (OAS) Kids. The weather is looking great (so far): sunny and around 18°C. – Warm, but not too hot, just the way we want it, says Erik Josefsson, event organizer at Camp Dalsland. – Perfect testing wether for outdoor products, says Sara Wänseth, general secretary of […]

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Learning to play and survive in the outdoors

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Grown-ups, get out the way! It’s time for the kids turn to explore the Swedish outdoor in Kid’s Outdoor Academy of Sweden 2016. This years Outdoor Academy will be held in Dalsland, two hours drive North of Gothenburg. It’s a landscape characterised by untouched wild and remote areas, beautiful glassy lakes where the water is […]

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