Take a tour of the workshop where Dala horses are produced. The idea of making them dates back to 1928 when two brothers, Nils and Jannes Olsson, began to carve and sell them to help their parents make ends meet. For some reason, the colourful figures became famous and even symbolic of the Swedish countryside. Each Swedish household must have at least a pair of them. The souvenir shop there sells also other wooden animals but none is as popular as the horses.
Lake Siljan came into being millions of years ago when a meteorite struck the earth at this place. The area around the lake is very popular with Swedish people, being famous for its natural beauty, the charming villages, the local handicrafts and cultivation of old traditions. Cruises on the lake can be taken from Mora (near Mora Strand railway station)
aboard the charming old steamer M/S Gustaf Wasa.
I bought two cheap heads of horses in wood, and I can paint them by myself. I will probably give them away to some kids.
What to pay: This things who arent in the ebst condition or they have destroyed them a little, so they cant sell them in the real shop. These things are really cheap to be in a touristic place in Dalarna.
Near the workshop where Dala horses are produced you can see an interesting old paddle long-boat, one of the boats that were used by the local people to get to church on Sunday in past times. If you happen to be in the area around St. John's day (24 June), you can see the races of these long-boats on the lake, with 20 - 25 teams taking part. The races last for about 10 days starting from various places on the lake, the final generally taking place at Leksand, which is the centre of the summer welcoming celebrations on 24 June. For more details ask at the local tourist information centre.