This area, the birthplace of Sweden, offers the visitor much evidence of the region’s long history, including rune stones so plentiful you’re likely to stumble over a few. Pre-Viking burial mounds in Gamla Uppsala light the imaginations of myth-builders and history buffs. There’s also the old mine in Falun, which accidentally provided the means for all those little cottages dotting the landscape to be painted red. And in Mora, the definitive Swedish king’s path towards the crown is still retraced today, by thousands of skiers each year in the Vasaloppet.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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