Top things to do in Värmland

Top Choice Museum in Karlstad

Värmlands Museum

The award-winning and imaginative Värmlands Museum occupies two buildings on Sandgrundsudden (reclaimed land now converted into a pleasant park) near the library. Its multimedia displays cover local history and cult…
Top Choice Museum in Torsby

Torsby Finnskogscentrum

The ingeniously designed Forest Centre, opened in June 2014 near Lekvattnet as part of Värmlands County Museum, covers the 17th-century Finnish settlement of the area, with displays on smokehouses, hunting, music, w…
Top Choice Park in Sunne

Rottneros Park

Known as ‘Ekeby’ in Selma Lagerlöf's Gösta Berling’s Saga, Rottneros Park, 6km south of Sunne, soothes travel-weary adults with flower gardens, a tropical greenhouse and an arboretum. There’s lots for kids, includin…
Museum in Sunne

Selma Lagerlöfs Mårbacka

The area's main draw is this house at Mårbacka, 9km from Sunne, where Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf (1858–1940) was born. She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, and many of her tales ar…
Cafe in Sunne

Saffran & Vitlök

Having expanded and moved into the big, white library building on the main square, this cafe serves giant bowls of hefty salads to take away or dine in on (there's indoor or courtyard seating), plus excellent coffee…
Museum in Torsby

Hembygdsgården Kollsberg

Hembygdsgården Kollsberg, down beside Fryken lake, is a dinky homestead museum with several old houses, including a Finnish cabin. A cafe serves coffee and waffles (40kr) and the traditional Finnish settlers' dish m…
Park in Karlstad


For green spaces and picnic spots, seek out Mariebergsskogen, a combined leisure park, open-air museum and animal park in the southwestern part of town (about 1km from the centre). Also here is Naturum Värmland, wit…
Museum in Torsby


At the edge of Torsby's town centre, the Fordonsmuseum will appeal to motorheads with its collection of rare and vintage cars, motorcycles and fire engines.
Museum in Torsby

Finngården Ritamäki

Known for its characteristic smokehouse, Finngården Ritamäki, 32km west of Torsby and 10km from Lekvattnet, is one of the best-preserved Finnish homesteads in the area. It was probably built in the late 17th century…
Fast Food in Karlstad

Kebab House

Don’t be fooled by the name – the Kebab House is a cut above your average fast-food place and serves good-value pizza, kebabs and salads as well as steaks and fish. Check out its fancy striped wallpaper and chandeli…