There is only one day until we start our journey to Borlänge, Sweden. The journey takes 24 hours from Rovaniemi to Borlänge by bus and train, so hopefully it is all worth it! We will be spending five days in Borlänge, studying in Dalarna University and getting to know the region and some of its attractions.

This is the traditional Dala horse. Picture from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

This is the traditional Dala horse. Picture from Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

As we searched information about Dalarna region for this course it was interesting to find out that the region has lot to offer. The region is called as Sweden’s cultural heart and soul by Visit Dalarna website because of the Dala horses, midsummer festival and Falun Copper mine that was active almost 1000 years and closed down in 1992. Today the copper mill is on UNESCO world heritage list. It will be interesting to be able to visit this place and see the huge mining area, and how they have been able to turn it into tourism business. There are also various other activities in the region from husky safari to water park, something for everyone!

I have never really visited Sweden except Haparanda and Stockholm. It is really nice to see another part of the country, especially when we are traveling to so traditional place. I have seen the Dala horse many times before but never knew it comes from Dalarna region. It will be really nice to be able to study with students from Dalarna University and make cooperation with them. I am really looking forward to our trip and I have a feeling that it will be super exciting trip! Now it is time for the last minute packing and in the morning off we go!

-Aura