Boat bus

Expe­ri­ence Karl­stad from the water on one of the boat buses that ser­ve the river and parts of Lake Vänern.


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Guided MTB tour

Our gui­ded mountain bike tour offers an exci­ting and chal­lenging expe­ri­ence for cycling ent­husi­asts and beginners.

Led by our expe­ri­enced gui­des, you will get to explo­re beau­ti­ful and sce­nic are­as on a bike spe­ci­al­ly desig­ned for mountain biking. You’ll get to test your skills on tech­ni­cal trails and climb up and down steep slo­pes whi­le enjoying the beau­ti­ful sur­roundings. All our tours are adap­ted to your level and inclu­de equip­ment and safe­ty equip­ment. So if you’­re loo­king for a memo­rab­le and adre­na­li­ne-fil­led expe­ri­ence, book your pla­ce on our gui­ded mountain bike tour today!


Architecture municipality Karlstad

Karl­stad is the Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and thus takes first pla­ce for the third year in a row. The Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year award high­lights the muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es that manage to com­bi­ne good con­di­tions for deve­lo­ping archi­tectu­re with mana­ging the housing sup­p­ly and ambi­tions to redu­ce cli­ma­te impact.

Karl­stad is Archi­tectu­re Muni­ci­pa­li­ty of the Year 2022 and has thus won the award three years in a row. The suc­ces­ses are explai­ned by a very good judg­ment from the archi­tects’ asso­ci­a­tion, whi­le Karl­stad is in a good posi­tion in terms of con­struc­tion pace, rou­ti­nes and legal compliance.


Live wherever you want with a bicycle and micro-caravan

Our bicyc­le trai­ler with infla­tab­le tent is the per­fect cho­ice for excur­sions and sight­see­ing with the family. With this trai­ler, you can easily bring eve­ryt­hing you need for an over­night stay in natu­re, inclu­ding an infla­tab­le slee­ping pla­ce for two peop­le. The bicyc­le trai­ler is equip­ped with a robust and durab­le frame, as well as an easy-to-dri­ve and easy-to-maneu­ver design. It is also equip­ped with an adjus­tab­le tow­bar to adapt to your bike. With this trai­ler, you and your part­ner can explo­re natu­re in a more com­for­tab­le and flex­ib­le way. Book now and expe­ri­ence the adventure!

Bathing & playing with (small) children

Here you will find some selected places that are particularly suitable for families with small children. Take a swim or spend the whole day on the beach. Or discover some playgrounds out of the ordinary.



During Arts­cape 2017-Värm­land or Arts­cape 2017 White Moo­se Pro­ject as it is also cal­led, ten muni­ci­pa­li­ti­es par­ti­ci­pa­ted, which resul­ted in a total of 25 works of art, seven of which are in Karl­stad. Both inter­na­tio­nal and Swe­dish artists are invol­ved behind the paintings.


Art & galleries in Karlstad

In the cul­tural city of Karl­stad, you can expe­ri­ence one of the Nor­dic regi­on’s fore­most water­co­lo­rists at the Sand­grund Lars Lerin art gal­le­ry or explo­re the Värm­lands Museum’s cur­rent exhi­bi­tions. You can also explo­re Karl­sta­d’s excel­lent art galleries.



Skut­ber­get is loca­ted 7 kilo­me­ters west of Karl­stad cen­ter and offers both recre­a­tion and acti­vi­ti­es for all ages and inte­rests. The­re are swim­ming and playgrounds, natu­re trails and exer­ci­se tracks in both sum­mer and win­ter. The­re is also a camp­si­te in the area that also offers cabin rentals.

Bath and feel good at Skutberget
The swim­ming area is very popu­lar and well visi­ted. Here the­re are fine cliffs, san­dy beaches and adja­cent lar­ge gras­sy are­as for sun­bat­hing, games and play. The lar­ge beach, which is direct­ly below the lar­ge main car park, is shal­low and sui­tab­le for smal­ler child­ren. Part of Skut­ber­get is also acces­sib­le with a ramp down to the water.

Take the chan­ce to com­bi­ne uti­li­ty with pleasure
Here the­re are seve­ral nice exer­ci­se tracks of vary­ing lengt­hs so that eve­ry­o­ne can find a sui­tab­le chal­lenge. They are beau­ti­ful­ly drawn through parts of the forest and some­ti­mes with a view of Lake Vänern. The electric light trails are 800 meters, 3.5 kilo­me­ters and 5 kilo­me­ters long, and the lights go out the­re at 10 p.m. In addi­tion, the­re are exer­ci­se tracks of 7.5 and 10 km as well as a slight­ly toug­her trai­ning track of 10 km for tho­se who want to chal­lenge them­sel­ves a litt­le extra. In the cen­ter of Skut­ber­get the­re is a fit­ness cen­ter with the pos­si­bi­li­ty to change and sho­wer and it is free of char­ge and open to everyone.

Disc golf in a beau­ti­ful landscape
The­re is also the oppor­tu­ni­ty to play disc golf on one of Swe­den’s 4‑star disc golf cour­ses with eighteen holes spre­ad over the area. It costs not­hing and does not need to be booked. At the near­by First Camp Skut­ber­get camp­si­te, you can also buy or rent discs if you don’t have your own.

Mountain biking in Skut­ber­get’s forests
If you are keen to expe­ri­ence natu­re on two whe­els, the­re is a mountain bike track at the Skut­ber­get out­do­or area. The cour­se is approx. 8.5 km long in vary­ing ter­rain and the degree of dif­ficul­ty is approx­i­ma­tely at the medium level. The star­ting point is near the lar­ge car park at the entran­ce to the campsite.

Adven­tu­re golf for everyone
If you want to play mini golf, the­re is an EU-class adven­tu­re cour­se with 18 holes that was built in 2016. The uni­que cour­ses that are fun for both young and old golf ent­husi­asts can be found at the First Camp Karl­stad campsite.

Put on your hiking boots
If you fan­cy a slight­ly long­er hiking trip, you can start at Skut­ber­get and set your direc­tion towards Kil. The trail is 22 kilo­me­ters long and stret­ches via the natu­re reser­ves Sör­mon and Höge­mon on to the Kilsra­vi­ner­na and then Kils soci­e­ty. The three natu­re reser­ves are of dif­fe­rent cha­rac­ters and offer an exci­ting experience.

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Värmlands Museum

The muse­um is housed in two buil­dings whe­re the oldest was built in 1929, desig­ned by Cyr­il­lus Johans­son. The newer muse­um buil­ding was com­ple­ted in 1998 and is con­nec­ted to the old one by a gla­zed pas­sage. The archi­tect behind the new red hep­ta­go­nal buil­ding is Carl Nyrén. Sand­grundsud­den is also a fan­tastic excur­sion des­ti­na­tion in itself with the muse­um park’s lar­ge green are­as, a lovely playground, the City Lib­ra­ry and two museums wit­hin wal­king distance.

New ope­ning at Värm­lands Museum
On June 1, 2019, Värm­lands Muse­um reo­pened after an exten­si­ve reno­va­tion. The museum’s visi­tors can now enjoy com­ple­tely new exhi­bi­tions, cre­a­ti­ve works­hop, child­ren’s exhi­bi­tion, futu­re lab, shop, audi­to­ri­um, restau­rant and café.

10,000 years of Värm­land history
Värm­lands­liv is an exhi­bi­tion about people’s lives in the lands­cape over 10,000 years. Star­ting from today’s Värm­land, we move through histo­ry. We tell about peop­le who lived in dif­fe­rent times and with dif­fe­rent con­di­tions. The exhi­bi­tion shows objects, pho­to­grap­hs and works of art from the Värm­lands Museum’s col­lec­tion. Many of them have never been shown befo­re. The­re are swords from the Midd­le Ages, Sto­ne Age axes, exqui­si­te crafts­mans­hip from the 18th cen­tu­ry and much, much more.

Let the child­ren fan­ta­si­ze fre­ely in the new play exhibition
In the new play­room you can meet Ing­er and Las­se Sand­ber­g’s many figu­res and sto­ri­es. Bake a cake with Litt­le Anna, watch as Pow­der fix­es fish, visit Gomor­ron­sol Cast­le with Laban the Ghost and peek into Long Uncle’s hat. Both child­ren and adults also have a pla­ce in Tum­mens’ cozy rea­ding corner.

Dining expe­ri­ences and gift shop
As food is also part of the cul­tu­re, the restau­rant Mat­bru­ket is loca­ted in the newly built restau­rant sec­tion when you feel like somet­hing to eat. The­re you can easily indul­ge in eve­ryt­hing from a smooth cup of cof­fee to an exci­ting feast. In the very popu­lar muse­um shop you will find, among other things, Värm­land han­dicrafts, books, fun gad­gets and lots of fun for the children.