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Fly to Karlstad - located on one of the largest lakes in Europe and home to the fishing and hunting paradise of Varmland.
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Flying to Karlstad is about knowing the outdoors – and enjoying time on the lake. Karlstad is on the Klarälven River delta, and the Klarälven River is one of the longest rivers in northern Europe winding directly into Lake Vänern. As a result, there are plenty of things to do in Karlstad such as water activities, museums and great restaurants.
For business vistors,the Karlstad Congress Culture Centre is one of the largest and most modern convention centres in the Nordic countries. The largest conference hall seats up to 1,600 and has a large stage for concerts, exhibitions and conferences.
Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Vänern – see the archipelago in close up and dine on amazing seafood. Just take a ‘båtbussen’ as the locals call them, or water bus to go shopping, or sightseeing. You can also take a trip to one of the islands of the Lake Vänern archipelago. For the keen angler, some of the best angling waters in the Nordic region are on Lake Vänern – of course you do need a fishing licence.
Hotels in Karlstad
There’s a good range of hotels, B&B’s and hostels in Karlstad. The Clarion Hotel Plaza is in the centre of Karlstad and is unique with a panorama sauna that offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. www.nordicchoicehotels.com/clarion/clarion-hotel-plaza
Scandic Hotel Klarälven is located right beside the river Klarälven within walking distance from the town centre. The Elite Stadshotellet hotel is another great hotel located by the riverside of Klar älven. It’s a nice place to relax and unwind whilst still being in the prime location for exploring the surrounding area and for activities. www.elite.se/eng/hotel/karlstad/stadshotellet
For something different, try the Clarion Collection Hotel Bilan – its housed in the old county jail which is dated from the 19th century. The old prison cells have been converted into 68 hotel rooms. In the hotel there is a museum about the history of the jail.
If you’re on a budget then there are hotels and hostels located in the area such as the CarlstadCity Hostel and the Ibis.
For your time away you could hire out a cottage at First camp Karlstad. There is cottages you can rent out or you can camp, within the site there is a gym and fitness classes which everyone on the sight is welcome to use. There is also wireless internet connection available for when you are staying over.
Places to eat and drink
If you’re in Karlstad, why not go for traditional Swedish fare for a true taste of Sweden? Traditional Swedish food is called ‘husmanskost’ in Swedish, and is typically simple fare of beef, pork and fish. If you get the chance, try elk, reindeer, gravad lax and different types of herring. How about some fresh Vänern smoked salmon, or meatballs with lingo berry?
Kungsgatan in the middle of town is packed with good restaurants and one of them is Blå – try the five-course tasting menu, the Vänern white roe from a local fish smokery and the elk. Also on Västra Torggatan is Tiffanys – one of Karlstad’s most beautifull restaurants: ask for the fillet of Vänern pike-perch with lobster sauce, scallop Saint-Jacques and a vegetable fricassee.When visiting Karlstad, you may want to sample the Värmland delicacies. The restaurant 3 Kök serves genuine Swedish cuisine and is located in the centre of Karlstad next to the harbour. www.3kok.se
On any flight to Karlstad, you will be amazed to find that one of the best places to eat is at the airport. The Kjell & Bolas Bistro Airport has amazing local produce – salmon and shrimp and local beef, home-made bread and baked goods – a real taste of Värmland.
Just outside Karlstad, the Lillänghamnens Fiskerökeriet (smoked fish house) is a family owned and run fish smoke-house and shop on the island of Hammarö,south of Karlstad. You can get there by car, or by bus and boat from Karlstad. The Fransson brothers have been running this famous smoked fish house out of Lillängshamnen (harbour) on the island since 1988. Most of the fish are caught locally in and sold fresh or smoked . Try the Vänern salmon, perch and whitefish, as well as fish roe and herring.
Mariebergsskogen is the place to go if you have a family. The playgrounds are full of great fun toys and structures to play with. Find the miniature train, the little zoo, the cafe by the lake with Swedish food. The Varmlands Museum has an exhibition about the history of Värmland is very interesting and covers about 9000 years. It´s a very kid friendly place too with a room where they can experiment and explore science and technology.
The southern tip of Hammarö is a genuine lakeside setting with fantastic views over the vast Lake Vänern. A place to swim or simply enjoy the great outdoors. What better way of discovering Lake Vänern’s northern reaches than by boat – you are rent kayaks, cruise boats, go fishing – you name it – the sheer size of the lake means that watersports opportunities are unlimited.
All visitors to Karlstad eventually want a taste of the great outdoors – particularly in the summer. Try the Klarälvsbanan – 90 kilometres of cycling joy outdoor experience that takes you through the landscapes of Värmland, from Karlstad in the south to Hagfors in the north. The 90 km long and 3-metre wide trail is asphalted the whole distance, perfect for cycling. If you are looking for somethig a little more testing, try the Klarälven path (Klarälvsleden) and Klarälvsbanan (the Klarälven trail) are a 220 km cycle path which runs through Värmland. The paths stretch across Hammarö, Karlstad, and up into the mountains and forests of the north at Sysslebäck
For walkers, the Värmlandsled (Värmland walking trail) of Kycklingleden (The Chicken Trail), that winds along Lake Vänern, and Jäverön which is a on large island in Lake Vänern are two of the best.
If you prefer cycling,
For the Airport bus, Värmlandstrafik runs a request service between Karlstad centre and Karlstad airport, usually by taxi.
Book the trip by calling +46(0)771-32 32 00. Make sure you book the bus to allow arrival about 60-90 minutes before your flight.
Bookings to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight, from the airport at least 1 hour before landing.
You must order during Resetjänsten opening hours: Mon-Fri 07.00–19.00, Sat 08.00–18.00, Sun 09.00–18.00
Price per single journey: SEK 72 for adults, SEK 65 for young people aged 20–25.
You can organise an airport taxi to and from Karlstad, costing approximately SEK 360. Book on +46(0)8-120 920 00 or at www.flygtaxi.se