Rättvik, Sweden

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Rättvik is a small town near Lake Siljan in Sweden. You can find here two campsites of which one is directly adjacent to the lake. From Rättvik you can easily visit other lakeside villages by car or by boat. This boat leaves from the Långbryggan, the pier of Rättvik. I stayed two day in Rättvik. I’ll show you my highlights down below.

Sled skiing in Rättvik

Rättvik makes itself very unique with Sweden’s longest and only twin-parallel-track summer toboggan run. The drag lift will first drawn you up in your sled. One you’re on top of the hill you can speed 725 meters down hill. It is a nice adventure for the whole family. There are single and double sled’s. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult. The toboggan run is only open during the summer (June-August) 🙂

Sled skiing in Rättvik

Sled skiing in Rättvik. ©My Little Travel Stories

Sled skiing rattvik

Sled skiing in Rättvik. ©My Little Travel Stories

Rättvik Pier, Långbryggan

Rättvik has also a piers that goes 628 meters into Lake Siljan. Originally it was created as a jetty for the steamer over Lake Siljan. Tourists could then visit Rättvik and spend the night in the neighboring hotel. In 1992 the pier has been renewed with the help of many donors. All the names of people who donated can be found on the boards of the pier. The steamer over Lake Siljan might not be there anymore but you can still travel over Lake Siljan by boat. A nice little boat for tourists named M/S Gustaf Wasa sails over Lake Siljan to Mora and Leksland. Next to the long pier is a place to bathe.

Rättvik pier

Rättvik pier by sunset. © My Little Travel Stories

Waterfall Styggforsen

The ring-shaped geologic structure of the Siljan area has been created by giant meteorite impact about 360 million years ago. A giant meteorite of between 2-3 kilometers in diameter struck the Earth and created a crater that was 30 to 40 kilometers in diameter and 5 kilometers deep. The steep crater sides were so unstable that rock material slid down the crater. The vertical position of the sedimentary rock layers would have been incurred in this phase of crater development. The high cliff on the photo down below has steep upright, thin-layered rocks called ‘Getryggen’.

Styggforsen waterfall

Styggforsen waterfall. © My Little Travel Stories

Styggforsen waterfall.

Styggforsen waterfall. © My Little Travel Stories

Other highlights in the area

The two Dala horse factories in Nusnäs are really worth a visit. This factories are located on a 20 minute ride from Rättvik. The Dala Horse is a very popular symbol for the Dalarna region in Sweden and are still made by hand.

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