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.
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?