Mora, Sweden

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I thought I’d share a couple photos from the picturesque town of Mora, Sweden. I was born in this town, but moved to northern Sweden as a young child, and did not grow up here. I have spent time here every now and then throughout life, and I still have family living here. You could say that my roots are here. Mora is situated in the region Dalarna. The home of the famous Dala Horse. Both my parents, and their parents, several generations back, originates from this region.

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Mora is a small town. You can walk through Main Street (first photo) in a few minutes. The town is located right next to Lake Siljan, Sweden’s seventh largest lake. There is a lot of pine forest surrounding town, and in the forest there’s elk, brown bear, deer, and even wolf. There are many smaller villages around Lake Siljan that are fabulously beautiful. I’m going to post photos of them in a near future. Mora is about a one hour drive from the capital city of this region, Falun.

Besides the Dala Horse, Mora is probably most known for Vasa Loppet. Vasaloppet is an annual long distance cross-country ski race held on the first Sunday of March. The 90 km course starts in the village of Sälen and ends in Mora. It is the oldest cross-country ski race in the world, as well as the one with the highest number of participants (around 15 000 every year.) Many members of my family have successfully participated in this race, some (like my dad) many times. It’s on my bucket list to do one day. You can read the interesting history about this race here. Vasaloppet’s history begins as early as 1520, growing up my sister and I were most fascinated by the story. I remember waiting at the finish line with my grandma super excited as the first participants crossed the finish line. This must of been in the beginning of the 80’s. My Weekly Smile this week goes to spending time in this region with my daughter. Have you been to Dalarna? Would you like to visit one day?

Love,

Maria

26 Comments on “Mora, Sweden

  1. Yes, I would love to visit your country Maria! The architecture is lovely, I’m sure the people are too. I hope your daughter is adjusting to her new home. ❤️ In case your wondering, this week will see about three days of rain and highs only in the 40’s later this week. Summer has truly left the valley. Brrr, too cold!

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  2. The architecture is so pretty & it all looks so clean. Glad you are settling in & finding your heritage again, it must be so special to show your daughter your homeland & share your memories. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

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    • Thank you! I really like seeing all the old houses well kept. Architecture that stands through the times is intriguing. One can help but wonder what those houses have seen? I hope that you are safe from fires now. I looked at the fire map over Australia the other day and it looks like there’s still quiet a few fires 😦 I hope you are well and safe.

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  3. I Love your smile this week. Such richness in history, I love it and I want to visit there someday in the future!! Beautiful photos and I hope you and your daughter are settling in that beautiful countryside! ♥️

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  4. Cool race – something like Sweden’s version of the marathon, both created to recreate a historic journey. Looks like a gorgeous area. I am more familiar with the coats than the inland areas of Sweden since I’ve known people from there and my parents have visited several times. Glad your daughter is taking to it 🙂

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    • Thanks, yes a cold version of a marathon 🙂 Dalarna sees a lot of tourists starting with Vasa Loppet and then throughout the summer. The history and culture is very rich. During the winter there’s more locals, if you don’t count the ski resorts.

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  5. Coming home must make you feel so wonderful! Please Keep sharing your beautiful pictures of your home country… because one day I may even visit!

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    • It does. There’s many things that I’ve really missed. Some are big things like family, clean air and clean water, others are more subtle more a feeling of coming home to your roots. I do hope you decide to visit!

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