Introducing Lake Siljan Region
KABOOOM!! Not a word that would instantly spring to mind as you rest your eyes on the soft forest-and-lake scenery here. But, 360 million years ago, Lake Siljan was the site of Europe's largest meteoric impact. Crashing through the Earth's atmosphere, the giant lump of rock hit Siljan with the force of 500 million atomic bombs, obliterating all life and creating a 75km ring-shaped crater…where you can now paddle canoes in the utmost peace and tranquillity. It's a funny old world.
The area is a very popular summer destination, with numerous outdoor festivals and attractions. Maps of Siljansleden, an excellent network of walking and cycling paths extending for more than 300km around Lake Siljan, are available from tourist offices. Another way to enjoy the lake is by boat: in summer, M/S Gustaf Wasa (070-542 10 25; www.wasanet.nu) runs a complex range of lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises from the main towns of Mora, Rättvik and Leksand. Enquire at any of the area's tourist offices for a schedule.
The big midsummer festival Musik vid Siljan (www.musikvidsiljan.se) takes place in venues around the lakeside towns in early July.
Check out the Siljan area website (www.sil jan.se) for lots of good information. All the tourist offices in the area have brochures and maps for visitors, and all can help organise accommodation in the region.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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