Dalarna is the most Swedish of Sweden's provinces. It occupies a large tract of land in central Sweden, encompassing some 11,230 sq miles (29,086 sq km), more than two-thirds of it covered with forest, extending from the Norwegian border in the west to some 37 miles (60 km) of Bothnian Bay in the east. In the north and west are mountains dotted with ski resorts such as Sälen, Idre and Särna, while in the south are fertile farmlands. At the heart of it all lies Lake Siljan, the loveliest area here, characterized by lush, undulating pasturelands peppered with red wooden houses and pretty white churches, all surrounded by blue mountains, offering up an inspirational landscape that has drawn such famous contemporary Swedish painters as Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn.
In Dalarna, the principal places of interest are Orsa, Mora, Leksand & Tällberg, Rättvik, Lake Siljan and Falun, strung out along an 80-mile (128 km) route. At Mora, which lies roughly midway between Orsa and Lake Siljan, there is a small airport with direct connections to Stockholm.
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