Falun has a lot of stories to tell! Let us share some of them with you!
I've travelled a long way to get to Falun! Born in Canada, I moved to Ireland when I was in my 20s. I worked as a university history teacher for nearly 30 years until, persuaded by my Swedish husband, our family moved to Dalarna. Since then I've discovered what an amazing place Dalarna is. In 2022 I became a certified Dalarna guide and only a couple of months ago set up Falun City Walks, a business designed to offer English-language tourist experiences in Dalarna.
Moving to a new country is full of "a-ha" moments, times when you suddenly realise why the things around you are the way they are. These things can be hard to spot when you're travelling or on a short visit. Come on one of my tours and I'll show you how you can "see" Falun, and Dalarna, like a local!
Falun City Walks and I are part of a network of guides who work across Dalarna and farther afield. We are all licensed to guide in Dalarna and are certified by SveGuide, the Swedish national guiding organisation.
Dalarna isn't that big of a place so, when we can, we all try to help each other out. If I can't take you on a walking tour, I'm sure I'll be able to find someone who can.
Hosted by Dalarna's official tourist agency Visit Dalarna, this spin-off website has got inspiration and tips (in English) on the best places to walk across the whole county.
The Falun World Heritage site is in Swedish but there are downloadable links to maps of walking paths in the area, like the one from Carl Larsson's home in Sundborn to Falun or the forests above Falun Mine.
Lotta's been walking the forests around the mine for years! Her tours include cooking over an open fire and a visit to Falun's Nature School, an educational farm with animals.