Karlstad is the surprisingly lively capital of western Sweden’s Värmland region. It’s home to one of the largest coffee brands in the Nordic countries, as well as a successful ice hockey club and Sweden’s largest rally event.
Okay, okay: so it might not be as dynamic a city as Stockholm or Gothenburg. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in heart. As our guide shows, you’ll still find plenty of things to do in Karlstad all year round. Here are some budget-friendly activities to get you started.
Routes North, 7th September 2016
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