Forshaga

We’re proud of our exclusive salmon fishing in Klarälven and the bike paths in the nature around Klarälvsbanan. But we have even more to offer.

History and culture in Forshaga

The blue waters of the Klarälvenriver run through Forshaga and offer exclusive salmon and trout fishing at Forshagaforsen, among the best fishing waters in Scandinavia. From Klarälvsrummet’s veranda, just beside Forshagaforsen’s camping & angling centre, you can see the salmon jumping in the rapids, if you’re lucky. You can also buy a fishing permit for most of the lakes in the local area here.

Klarälvsbananor Nordmark - Klarälvens Railway was a railway line that was built at the end of the 19th century to transport raw materials and goods to the industrial centres along the way. Today, there are just a few kilometres of the railway remaining and they’re used for traveling by train trolley between Hagfors and Uddeholm.  Klarälvsbanan is now a 90 kilometre long, car-free outdoor experiencethat winds through the natural landscapes of Värmland, from Karlstad in the south to Uddeholm in the north. Banvakt Karls kabyss (Track Watchman Karl’s galley) is a memorial to the railway and once served as track watchman Karl Andersson’s lodge. Karls Kabyssis situated between Olsäter and Ransäter and is now a lovely place to take a rest along the Klarälvsbanan railway line. Inside the little lodge, there’s a guestbook and you can even buy nails from the old train rails. On the walls you can see old photographs.

The castle in Forshaga

Forshaga Castle was built in 1882 as a home for the managing director of Forshaga Public Limited Company at the time. Today, the castle is owned by Forshaga municipality and is used for various purposes. Slottsparken is a large park that’s great for picnics and play.

A new meeting point at Gamla Kraftstationen

Gamla Kraftstationen in Dejewas the first of the four generations of power stations surrounding the waterfall that’s fed by the Klarälven river in Dejefors. The industrial building is now an art gallery and cultural meeting point for theatre, art, and music. During the summer you can eat a light lunch or take a coffee and snack break here.

Frykstabanan - Sweden’s first railway

Sweden’s first railway, Frykstabanan, was inaugurated in 1950 and travelled between Fryken and Klarälven. The purpose was to haul iron and timber from the area around Frykensjöarna and bring pig iron, grains, and other merchandise in the opposite direction. The plucky little train finally stopped in 1873. A memorial stone was set up in Lyckan, just south of Forshaga, 100 years after the railway was inaugurated.

Artscape - Murals with animal themes

Forshaga is one of ten municipalities in Värmland that has given artists from across the world the opportunity to be involved in creating permanent artworks. White Moose Project is Artscape’s biggest street art festival so far, and originally kicked off over four weeks of the summer of 2017. At Forshaga Lärcenter’s sports hall, BKFoxx has created an intimate animal portrait, featuring Värmland’s regional animal, the wolf. At Kvarntorp’s recycling centre, just north of Forshaga, Bordalo II has created a mural of a bison using recycled materials.

Restaurants and activities in Forshaga

There’s a large variety of restaurants here, offering Asian food, traditional Swedish husmanskost, pizza and more.

At ForshagaDeje golf club, you can play 18 holes and then finish with food at Bistro Kvarnen. 

Forshaga Lärcenter also has an adjoining skate park with 600 square metres of concrete space. The skate park was finished in 2013 and is suitable for professionals as well as beginners. Next to the skate park, there is a multi-sport arena with astroturf, it’s a place for spontaneous athletic activities, offering you the chance to play different ball sports.

Activities such as hiking, paddling, fishing, disc golf, outdoor gyms, and more are available.

Visit Värmland’s Santa

Värmland’s only authorised Santa lives in Forshaga. In Tomteboa, it’s Christmas all year round.

Stay at characteristic, local country estates or camp in Forshaga

Forshaga has a wide range of accommodation options such as cabins, hostels, campsites, country estates and caravan-pitching spots. 

Dömle Herrgård, offers an ultra-modern concept in a unique country-estate setting with a history stretching back to 1446, when Katarina Bengtsdotter from Torp in Närke was given the estate as a dowry. Over the years, the estate has been owned by earls and mill owners, among others. There’s always time and space here for pleasure, conferences or huge festivities.

The team at Kvarntorps Herrgårdoperate a B&B where the estate’s interior has been preserved in the original late 18th century style. The estate is surrounded by unique nature for botanical adventures. Go cycling on Klarälvsbanan, go hiking and feel the history for yourself, or take a canoe tour around Kvarntorpsån or Klarälven. 

Forshaga Hotell is situated in the centre of the city. Lunch buffets and hotel breakfasts are available. Just a stone’s throw from the town centre, you’ll find Forshagaforsens sportfiskecamping (angling campsite), where there are cabins for hire and spaces for mobile homes, caravans, and tents.

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