They call Dalarna “The heartland of Scandinavia” and it was truly beautiful and picturesque with its open fields, old farms and faluröd (a specific type of red paint) houses, but I have to admit that it didn’t look too different from Finland, and the area where I live has loads of similar scenery, so it wasn’t as impressive to me as it might be for someone who’s used to big cities.
We went to see the big Dalahäst in the morning and I bought myself a new Dalahäst ornament, because I lost the old one I got from my grandma. I think the Dala horse is one of Sweden’s most popular souvenirs and a symbol of the country.
Then we drove through Falun to a little village called Sundborn, the home of Carl Larsson who is Sweden’s most beloved artist and my own favorite artist.
His home has been turned into a museum and I’ve wanted to visit it for years, so this was like a pilgrimage for me :) The place was gorgeous, but unfortunately they didn’t allow you to take pictures inside the house, so I put some random pictures I found from Google to give you some idea what the house looks like.
They had a guided 1 hour tour through the house where a nice guide lady told us about Larsson and his wife Karin and their eight children and what their life in Sundborn was like. The tour was in Swedish, but I didn’t mind since I was able to follow almost everything thanks to the guide’s slow speech and clear pronunciation. Heh, I don’t think anyone even realized I was a tourist.
I’ve read several books about Carl Larsson, but I still learned things from the tour that I didn’t know and it was really amazing and even a little unbelievable to stand in the rooms I’ve seen in so many of Larsson’s paintings!
The house was full of artwork and beautiful and unique furniture and decorative things by his wife Karin and the Larssons actually inspire my own decorating a lot. We also visited the church in Sundborn where Larsson did the decorations and he and his family is buried in the back.
And I also bought a big print of one of my favorite paintings in the gift shop, the Blomsterfönstret.
Anyway, we’ll be spending the rest of the week in Norway and I’m super excited about it! I’m trying to enjoy this final night in a proper hotel, because we probably can’t afford to stay in the hotels of Norway so it’ll be cabins after tonight.
I’ll try to share more pictures if I can get my laptop to connect online in Norway (I doubt I can), but if not, I’ll do a proper photo spam when I get home.
Have a great week, guys! <3