This house is the oldest house in Arvika. It is in private custody and not shown to the public. Just take a look outside.
You will find it on Fabriksgatan.
(It has a name I in this writing moment have forgotten, I will complete this later)
City scene not far from the market place and the railway station.
The houses are from different epoches.
In the city there are still many houses of wood, mainly 2-story houses constructed in the middle of 19th century, but this house I have learnt is a new constructed one, after a big fire some years ago. But the balconys look nice!
C'est l'omniprésence de la nature qui fait l'attrait de Glaskogen par dessus tout et nous attire tout spécialement...
Cette Réserve Naturelle se situe à quelques 75 km à l'ouest de Karlstad .
More than anything else, it's nature that makes Glaskogen such a special place for us...
This Natural Reserve is situated about some 75 km west from Karlstad .
Newly renovated after the flooding of Glafsfjorden in 2000, in this house you can meet some of the painters and handicraft artists and their works.
There are two workshops.
The exhibitors are also to be seen in their home studios.
Open during tourist season.
In autumn 2000 the lake Glafsfjorden flooded. In a serie of miscalculation, optimistic thinking by energy companies (water is used to make electric energy), unpredicted precipitation etc the lake level rised from +45 m over sea level till at the most +48,36 m the 30 Nov 2000.
The lake has a great area 102 km2, so it was not possible to let the water out rapidly through the narrow rivers downstreams.
The city center was endangered, but with great efforts and voluntary work, the water was held outside the city center, by putting up barriers (with a new emergency type of barrier that succeded to stop the water).
At the harbour lake level was about 70 cm over the ground (se foto).
Damages were caused by the water but has now been remedied.
Small villa quarter, not far from the city center.
In the back ground you can see the great lake Glafsfjorden.
Distances are never long in this city. The terrain is inclinated so one has easy to find the right direction (you just go "up" or "down" or "left" or "right", or whatever way you define it)
Our first impression visiting Arvika was mostly guided by the many *Green Spots* the city is offering: Flowers And trees everywhere...
We parked in front of side the little harbour and a beautiful park with flowers and sculptures. Just walk in the streets and parks and relax yourself. The atmosphere is really wonderfull !
We've also seen many museums, art galleries and little shops offering craftmanship presents.
There are a lot of campinggrounds, B&B and hotels. (See Tip about our Paradise: Glaskogen, Natural reserve)
The Gla Forest card is your ticket to the facilities of the area. With this card, you can use wind breaks, resting-places, overnight cabins, firewood, dustbins and dry closets. The entire amount paid for it will be spent on cleaning and maintaining the area.
Prices: 24 hours SEK 25/person
Yearly season-ticket SEK 300/person, SEK 500/family
Favorite thing: The central part of the town is little, the houses are put in rectangular blocks, and you will soon reach some residential areas.
Torggatan starts by the Bird man (at Torget) and ends up at the Trinity church.
As was observed several times this street is used for scateboards by youngsters.
Favorite thing: As in many minor cities in Sweden houses in the 20th century was constructed two(/three)-storeys and designed in timber/wood.
A more city-like street, with houses constructed by bricks and plaster facades.
(The morning sun is just awakening, it is November and the sun is standing low at 10 o´clock in the morning)
Karlstad is situated half way between Oslo and Stockholm on the northern shore of Lake Vänern in the county of Värmland.