Fishing in the river
Fishing in Sweden is rather regulated but actually not that hard around Karlstad. Fishing in "nedre klarälvens fiskevårdsområde" (Lower Klarälven's fishing regulation area) is free all the way up to where E18, the motorway crosses the river at Borgmästholmen in Karlstad. From the road downstream you may fish with handheld gear or from a boat with maximum two gears.
Fishing for salmon or salmon trout is prohibited from May 15th to October 20th.
For the area north of the road (which is where you'll PROBABLY be wanting to go...unless you head for the delta south of the city you'll need a fishing permit. The can be bought from the tourist information office for example, as well as the Scandic Winn hotel downdown and some other places. 40 SEK a day.
The map beside here is a map of theregulation area. As you can see a rather large area is free of charge.
Oh...and don't litter or keep more fish than you can eat!
Equipment: Fishing gear!
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If you're the kind of person who prefer bathing without any clothes on there's a nudist section of the cliffs and beaches at Skutberget.
The nudist beaches are divided from the ordinary beaches by a hedge.
Nota bene! The free beaches have now been moved as they caused too much annoyance among "ordinary sunbathers". The free beaches are now located in a lake north of Molkom, some 40 km from the city centre. You'll need a car to go there.
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Löfbergs Lila Arena
Löfbergs Lila Arena is the home groudn for Färjestad BK hockey team. During the regular season you might be able to get some tickets to a match unless it's a real "high interest match". Tickets are sold at Scalateatern.
The arena is built after an NHL-arena model only smaller in size. For hockey the arena takes 8250 spectators out of which some 700 standing.
LLA is also where major music acts play. For instance Elton John, Judas Priest, Roxette and Joh Fogerty have all been here. This summer Rod Stewart will come.
There is also a nice lunch restaurant here with a view over the playing ground.
The Färjestad trot course
The Färjestad Trot course is located in the district Färjestad (of course) and it lies just opposite side of the street from Löfbergs Lila Arena where Färjestad play their home games in the hockey series.
There is usually competitions on mondays but when I took this pic there was some kind of special competition as it was sunday and the course is normally closed
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Swim and sunbath
Go to the Skutberget Camping, about 7 kilometers from the city center, either by car or by bike (there is a nice bicycle path to the camping). It is a very popular place to go sunbathing, bathing and watching people. There is a small beach, but 90% of the shore is made of cliffs that make the place ideal for those who like to plunge into the water without having to walk for miles and miles in shallow water. Those who want beaches should instead go to Bomstad, described in another sports tip by me.
There are a lot of green areas here on which you can lay down and relax in the sun. There are also two beach volleyball fields and some tracks in the forest and along the waterline on which you can run or walk. If you play golf there's a driving ranch and if you like freesbee golf there's a course for that too.
There is of course also a campground here, for tents and caravans.
Equipment: Bathing gear, blanket and picnic basket. Oh...and bring some dark glasses...lots of chicks to watch here :p
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Sundsta bad- och idrottshus
If you visit Karlstad on a season when bathing in the sea or river you can always go to teh Sundsta Bad- och Idrottshus (Sundsta bath- and athletics centre), which is located in the part of Karlstad called Sundsta.
This is a large indoor complex just off the Sundsta lake where you will find swimming pools (large and small) and a jump towe r in the swimming area. You can also take a sauna here.
In the complex there is also a bowling court, a shooting range and a large arena for all kinds of sports. The local floorball team plays its games here for example and you could also see the handball team among others.
Those of you who prefer a walk can use the time to stroll around the Sundsta lake while the others bowl or swim or something.
My apologies for the photo, it was taken with a veeery bad digicam.
Equipment: Swimming gear for swimming, equipment for bowling can be rented
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Bowling and Billiards at Score.
This is an establishment on Kungsgatan, next door to the Ankan pub/nightclub and the "Blå" restaurant. They serve food during lunch hours and they also rent videos and DVDs but the main thing is that you can play pool and bowling here.
There are maybe 10-15 pool tables and 6 or 8 lanes for bowling. In the evening they turn on the disco lights in the bowling area and loud music and so on to get a more "hip" feel to it.
There is of course also a bar here!
Nice beaches for families
The Bomstad Camping is, like its neighbour Skutberget a campground on which you can place a tent or caravan, but it is also the largest beach in Karlstad, with lots of people in the summer time. The beach is maybe 100 meters wide and 500-600 meters long and the water is shallow. When you're about 50-60 meters out in the water you can expect to be in 1 meter deep water.
The place is ideal for families, even though a lot of young people come here too to bath, play some beach games, like racket ball.
You can also rent pedal boats here and there is of course a small store where you can buy ice-creams, cold beverages and so on.
Equipment: Swim gear, blanket, picnic basket, maybe some beach games.
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Karlstad is a city of Hockey fans and Färjestad is the team!
Dress up in violet/lilac and yellow and head out along the river up to the district Färjestad where, right next to the river you will find the newly built (2002) Löfbergs Lila Arena where there are matches at least once or twice a week during the hockey season from the end of september to april.
Tickets are from about 130 SEK standing. The most expensive tickets are about 250 SEK.
And don't forget to join in on the chants from the standing crowds! "Lila-gult är dom bästa! Heja-heja, heja Färjestad!"
Equipment: Lilac and and yellow. Lilac OR yellow. Dress up in team colours and join in on the fun!
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