A weekend off in a charming cottage in Orsa (Dalarna/Sweden)
The brisk autumn wind made the trees dance and pulled at the yellow leafs like a mean child that would pull you hair if she doesn’t get what she wants. What would autumn want? Chasing away the carefree songs of summer? The endless days?
We decided to take a long weekend off and traveled to Swedens cultural heart and soul. Or, that’s how they often describe Dalarna. But when I see the beautiful forests, the wooden Dala horses and the traditional painting on houses is sure feels like a unique place.
We rented a traditional timber cottage in Orsa, close to Mora. A charming and extremely cozy place that we found by searching on Airbnb. One of the reasons I like Airbnb so much is that you can get and leave reviews and especially if you’re traveling with 3 big dogs it’s good to have some positive reviews if you would like to rent a house that’s owned by a family for 3 generations and some kids were even born in the kitchen 🙂
Looking at pictures is one thing but arriving at a location is something else. With this cottage it was from the moment I saw it that I felt at home. It breaths history, it has silent stories that we can’t hear. But is’s calm enough to allow us to create our own new memories.
The little house and his 5 million Dala-horses (ok maybe a little less), inspired us to visit the Dala-horse manufactory in Nusnäs again. The Dala horse is a popular souvenir from Dalarna and maybe even from Sweden nowadays but what I think it makes a visit worth it is that these horses are still carved and painted by hand and you can take a look at the workspaces of the creators.