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Arvika [dead link] is a town in Värmland in Sweden with 14,000 inhabitants, and the centre of Arvika municipality (Arvika kommun), which has 26,000 inhabitants in total. It is mostly known for various cultural activities, such as (until 2010) holding the Arvikafestivalen music festival each summer.

The area is also renowned for its arts and crafts: e.g. the Klassbols linen mill, a glass blowing studio, ... In town there are many arts and crafts shops. Around 1900, there was an artists community working in 'Rackstad Colony', which is now a museum. These artists designed the church of Arvika in Nordic Romantic style.

The area around Arvika is mainly forest area. There are several nature reserves where you can walk along marked hiking trails.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Oslo Gardermoen Airport is the nearest international airport. Karlstad airport has daily flights from Stockholm.

By train[edit]

Take the train from Karlstad or Oslo.

By bus[edit]

Take a bus from Karlstad or Oslo.

Public transportation within Värmland is available, although can be infrequent. The website for Värmlandstrafik is really only in Swedish but is largely usable to English speakers and provides a phone number which you can call to find out more. [1]

Get around[edit]


  • Arvika Fordonsmuseum. Thermiavägen 2. A museum full of old cars, motorcycles and other vehicles.
  • Rackstadmuseet. A hundred years ago this was an artist community.
  • [dead link]Såguddens Museum. By the lake lies Såguddens open air museum where you can get a guided tour in summer. The museum has a number of farm buildings that were moved there from around the area.
  • In town there are a number of modern sculptures to admire.


  • Walk around in Arvika stadspark. It is a lovely park with a small lake and a fountain.
  • Visit Glava Glasbruk (35 km away, on the other side of lake Glafsfjorden), an old glassworks that has gone from producing 40% of Sweden's window glass to being closed down to being a studio glassworks and museum.
  • Glaskogen. A nature reserve.


There are various shopping opportunities on Storgatan and Kyrkogatan.


  • Sunday Cafe. Kyrkogatan 37. A trendy little coffee shop with Italian sandwiches and such things - the kind of place that secretly wishes it was located in Stockholm.



Go next[edit]

  • Klässbols Linen Mill, [2].
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