Klarälvens Camping is situated perfectly for different activities and experiences in the beautiful surroundings of Värmland. Beside the different activities offered by Vildmark I Värmland, which you can find below, there are very nice hiking trails, good fishing waters, sights of cultural and historic interest and attractive features such as waterfalls and ravines. You can discover the small villages along the Klarälven valley with small shops for handicraft, food and other local specialities.
Every Thursday evening we start for a tour down the mighty river Klarälven and watch for beavers. We make a stop along the way and make coffee and grill something to eat over an open fire. Meeting time: 6.00 pm (august 5.00 pm). You have to book in advance.
Saturdays during June and end of August and Wednesdays and Sundays during main season you can experience Värmland from the river Klarälven and let the river decide the speed. You float down the river Klarälven on your raft of logs that you have built yourselves. Meeting: 09.30. You have to book in advance.
Every day of the week, depending on the availability on site, you can rent a Canadian canoe or sit-on-top-kayak and make your own tour on river Klarälven. You start paddling against the current, then turn around and glide back to Klarälvens camping. If we have staff available we might even be able to offer at transport to a starting point north of the campsite so you paddle back south. Time: by appointment (you book in advance). Price: SEK 120/hour or SEK 430/day (without transport), SEK 390 /adult, SEK 195 SEK/child under 16 years (including local transport).
Älvens hus [Rivers house] is located adjacent to Klarälvens camping and offers both an exhibition about Klarälven as well as a the Klarälven fishing centre where you can buy fishing license, rent or buy fishing equipment and get advice and help with everything concerning fishing. The fishery of Norra NY, in which Älvens hus is located, offers more than 100 lakes and watercourses.
Fänstjärnskogen [Fänstjärn Forest] is a nature reserve approximately 4 km east of Klarälvens Camping. The area offers fantastic old growth forest, which is considered to be among the most valuable in Middle-Sweden due to its long continuity with low level of forestry activities. The forest and its old trees i.e. show traces of forest fires long ago. A large number of threatened species, like mosses and lichens or different bird species, thrive within the nature reserve. The area is accessible by good paths and hiking routes. Just outside the reserve there is also an old log-drivers’ cabin, which is a perfect place to take a break and eat your packed lunch.
The church of Norra Ny, just south of Klarälvens Camping, is a wooden church erected in 1764. The church houses relics from the 13th century, a time when pilgrims walked through Klarälvdalen on their way to St Olof's grave in Nidaros (Trondheim), Norway. Other interesting churches are Dalby church, situated approximately 35 km north of the Camping and Ekshärad church, approximately 30 km south of the Camping. Dalby Church is famous for having Sweden's highest wooden church tower, which is 60 metres high. Ekshärad church is particularly well-known for the crosses with forged leaves which mark the graves. When the wind blows you can hear the sound of the many hundreds of leaves.
The Klarälven valley is a living countryside where the villages are situated at regular intervals. Homestead museums can be found in Ekshärad, Hagfors, Kärnåsen south of Råda, Torsby and Ransby. In Ransby there is also Utmarksmuseet (www.utmark.se), where you can admire the 40 metre-long Pilgrims' tapestry, an embroidered hanging whose tens of thousands of stitches represent a fantastic pictorial description of the pilgrims route from lake Vänern to St Olof's grave in Nidaros (Trondheim), Norway. The tapestry was made by several women from northern Värmland and the Norwegian region Solör, just across the border.
There are plenty of areas of natural beauty. Klarälven itself, with its imposing meanders, naturally constitutes a significant part of the landscape. To get a fantastic view of the valley, you can go up to the top of the hill Branäsberget, approximately 45 km north of Klarälvens Camping. You can get to the top by road or using the hiking path.
The small chocolate manufactory Naturpralinen produces tasty, handmade pralines of best raw materials, completely without preservatives or artificial colours. The berries are from Värmland and in most cases picked in the surroundings by the owner of Naturpralinen. The chocolate is form Valrhona in France. Visit the factory in Sysslebäck, about 40 minutes by car from Klarälvens Camping. In summertime Naturpralinen even opens a café with fantastic homemade ice-cream. For business hours please check: www.naturpralinen.se.
A lovely places to visit is the river Fämtån, approximately 20 km north of Klarälvens Camping. A few kilometres from road 62, Fämtån runs through a deep ravine, and before flowing into Klarälven it plunges downhill as a fine waterfall. There is a nice hiking trail, about 8 km long, which offers fantastic views. Unfortunately the trail is partially not marked very well, please contact us so we can help you to find it.
Brattfallet is another gem, approximately 25 km south of Klarälvens Camping, where you can find a clearly marked, narrow ravine and a waterfall. Several hiking trails offer fine walks in this beautiful area.
Torsby is situated 40 km from Klarälvens Camping along road E 45 towards Gothenburg. Torsby is northern Värmland's central town, offering all different types of service, around 60 shops, an indoor swimming pool combining swimming pool and adventure pool, etc. In Torsby you also have a chance to try cross-country skiing in the middle of the summer! Torsby Ski Tunnel offers the longest ski tunnel in the world.
A real cultural treasure right outside of Torsby is the exhibition at Sahlströmsgården. The former farm also comprises a nice handicraft shop, a gallery, a hotel and restaurant. It is open every day, for business hours and guided tours see the actual schedule at: www.sahlstromsgarden.se. 2 km from Sahlströmsgården you can find Bovilgården, where the Swedish artist Bo Vilson, alias Bovil, lived and worked. For opening hours se: www.bovil.se
Approximately 35 km south of Torsby (about 1 hour by car) is Sunne with Sunne Vattenland (www.sunnevattenland.se), a waterpark with breathtaking speed slides as well as pools for small children. Close by Sunne is Rottneros Park (www.rottnerospark.se), a popular excursion destination with attractive gardens and an adventure area for smaller children. South of Sunne there is also Selma Lagerlöf's home Mårbacka (www.marbacka.se), where guided tours describing this world famous author are available.
About two hours by car from Klarälvens Camping lies the bearpark “Orsa Björnpark”, Europe’s largest park specialized in bears, with unique possibilities to watch those animals in their natural surroundings. Beside the Swedish Brown Bear the park also shows Polar bear, Wolf, Lynx, Eurasian Eagle-Owl, Wolverine, Siberian tiger and Snow leopard side by side. The park holds about 15 bears. For mor infrmation and opening hours se: www.orsabjornpark.se
Klarälvens Camping is located right on the banks of the mighty river Klarälven, which played an important role in building the Swedish economy. Logs were rafted from the vast forests in the north to the paper mills in Skoghall at lake Vänern. At the log rafting museum Dyvelsten in Deje you can see an interesting exhibition about this. For more information se www.varmlandsmuseum.se
In Ekshärad, about 30 minutes by car from Klarälvens Camping, Värmlands only Moose park is located. Very competent staff offers guided tours that give you the chance to meet the “King of the forest” closely. See www.mooseworld.com for business hours and guided tours.