Rättvik is a totally unpretentious town in an area that sometimes borders on the precious. Nonetheless, it’s a very pretty place, stretching up a hillside and along the shores of Lake Siljan. There are things to do year-round, for kids and adults alike, whether you like skiing, cycling, hiking or lolling on beaches.
Leksand’s main claim to fame is its Midsummer Festival, the most popular in Sweden, in which around 20,000 spectators fill the bowl-shaped green park on Midsummer Eve (always a Friday between 19 and 25 June) to sing songs and watch costumed dancers circle the maypole. (Leksand is also the namesake of a popular brand of hardbread.
Orsa & Grönklitt
Orsa, 16km north of Mora, is a natural stopping point on the way to the area’s biggest attraction, the humongous bear park further north in Grönklitt. In winter there’s a ski area at Grönklitt. Orsa Camping is a big campsite beautifully situated on the shores of the lake in Orsa. Rates vary depending on length of stay.