Arvika, the heart of Värmland, has Sweden’s furthest inland harbour. It also has a rich cultural life, proud traditions of craftsmanship and impressive nature.

Arvika - everything from fishing to the Filmhuset Palladium 

Arvika has Sweden’s furthest inland harbour, a rich cultural life, proud traditions of craftsmanship and impressive nature. Arvika has a cosy, welcoming city centre with an exciting array of shops and restaurants, as well as the harbour area which becomes a centre for entertainment and nightlife in the summertime. You’ll find attractions for lovers of culture, such as Filmhuset Palladium - one of Sweden’s oldest cinemas, a rich selection of concerts and live music, 165 lakes for fishing and water sports, as well as huge forests for lovers of the outdoors. Welcome to the heart of Värmland!

Restaurants and activities

Arvika has plenty of attractions and activities for kids and adults! The huge forests and the many lakes attract tourists from all over Europe for canoeing, hiking, and for incredible experiences out in the wilderness. Glaskogens Naturreservatis a real beauty with 300 kilometres of hiking trails, attracting visitors from all over Europe. For culture lovers, there are several excellent museums where you can see everything from classic cars to artworks of the highest quality. Rackstadmuseet, a diamond among Sweden’s art galleries, displays works by the artists from the Rackenkolonin as well as contemporary exhibitions in this beautiful museum in Taserud. In recent years, a lot of new and exciting restaurants and cafes have opened in Arvika, so you won’t have far to go between places to eat. The restaurants in the harbour are open in the summertime, so you can enjoy exceptional dining experiences in a lakeside location, music at Olssons Brygga, and pleasant walks along the water. New dining spots like Restaurant REGIin the Filmhuset Palladium and Elins Bakgårdwill enrich your experience of Arvika even more. The centre of Arvika has plenty of great shops, cosy cafes and a swimming bathswith a fun waterpark, Piratvika, for the little ones. If you want to play golf, the Kingselvikengolf course is located in Edane, right outside of Arvika. In Klässbol, you’ll find the well-known Klässbols Linneväveriwhere tablecloths and napkins are woven for palaces and embassies around the world. You can shop at the factory store, take a look at the manufacturing process, and have coffee and cake at the lovely Kaffekvarnencafe.

There really is something for everyone!

History and culture

Arvika is Sweden’s furthest-inland harbour with connections to the seven seas, and the harbour played a major role in transport and industry in the 1800’s.

The arrival of the main northwest railroad and train transport in Arvika in 1871 was even more important as it changed Arvika from a humble trading and crafts town to a blooming industrial city. The strategic location on the main railroad between Stockholm and Oslo is hugely important, even today. Both for fast passenger transport and for exporting products from Arvika around the world.

During the 1800’s, Arvika was known as Oscarsstad, in honour of the new crown prince’s son Oscar. In 1821, the name was changed back to Arvika, and the town was given its city charter in 1911. Many renowned architects have worked in Arvika, among the better-known are Färdinand Boberg, who designed the Italianate house, Disponentvilla, and Ivar Tengbom who designed the jugendstil Trefaldighetskyrkain central Arvika.

Today, Arvika is a city of around 14,000 inhabitants with a total of 26,000 in the surrounding municipality. Klässbol, Gunnarskog, Mangskog, Edane, Jössefors and Glava are towns within Arvika municipality.

Good access to clay as well as the works by the Rackenkolonin, who became famous around the turn of the 20th century, have made Arvika the culture and handicrafts city it is today with many active potters and artists. The Musical College Ingesund also adds to Arvika’s cultural reputation, and the town’s inhabitants enjoy a unique offering of concerts and live music.

Motorsports are, and have always been, a major interest here, and Arvika has produced a lot of famous drivers and riders, with many of them still living locally. Among the better known are: Kenny Bräck, Per Eklund, Tommy Kristoffersson, Johan Kristoffersson, Petter Solberg and Oliver Solberg.

The forests of Arvika are the main centre for the white moosethat live in western Värmland and the best-known white moose, Ferdinand, who has become well-known on social media, lives in the northern part of Arvika municipality. In 2018, a one hour program will be broadcast on Swedish Television about this unique white moose and his friends in the forest.

Accommodation and Camping

In Arvika there is accommodation for all tastes and budgets, everything from the biggest hotel, Scandic Arvikato cosy, private accommodation options.

Swecamp Ingestrand Arvika, located by the beautiful Glasfjordenbeach, right outside Arvika is the biggest campsite, with around fifty cabins, picturesque spots for caravans by the lake, and plenty of spaces for tents.

At Guesthouse Eleven, in Jössefors, you can combine an enjoyable stay close to nature with good food and activities in the forests and lakes.

Glaskogens Camping, in the middle ofGlaskogens Naturreservat, offers camping in the wilderness with spaces for caravans and mobile homes.