img_1643From Tylosand we went further north – we drove and drove, through green forests and past blue lakes, every now and then interspersed with the traditional Swedish houses – rust-red with white window frames. The landscape is hilly and shows off rivers, lakes and trees. The weather holds up greatly, and the temperature is at a very pleasant 24 degrees Celsius, blue sky included.

Having removed Stockholm from the itinerary, the route tooks us past Lake Vättern to the small, peaceful village Askersund at the northern tip of the lake with its cute traditional buildings. On we went to Lake Siljan which is considered the “Heart of Sweden”. It seems as if all the Siljan lake communities are participating in the contest for the most beautiful village in Sweden: All settlements are scrubbed clean, tidy and ready for their pretty presentation in some “Swedish Living” magazine.

We found a simple camping cottage in Rättvik near Lake Siljan and booked it for two nights so that we can explore the area for a bit such as visiting Falun (Winter Sports World Cup 2015) and a circumnavigation of the Lake. We can tell we’re in pre-season because tourist facilities are not yet in full swing but that doesn’t really matter to us, one of the big advantages being the lack of crowds.

603 km Tylosand (SE) – Rättvik (SE): http://goo.gl/maps/lqYwO

282 km Lake Siljan: