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Orsa

Orsa is a small town of 7,000 in Dalarna, Sweden, mostly known for its ski resort, Grönklitt, and the Bear Park - Europe's largest. Also known for its folk music, in particular "Orsa Spelmän".

Get in

By train

Orsa is only served by Inlandsbanan, which offers daily services from Mora during the summer months as well as limited services during winter holidays. Nearest city with regular all-year traffic is Mora which has several daily direct connections from Stockholm with SJ as well as regional passenger traffic from Borlänge and other cities in Dalarna.

Up to four bikes can be brought onto regional trains, but are not allowed of SJ intercity trains. Notice that space for bikes can not be reserved, so during high season it might be a hit-and-miss, depending on how full the train is, if you may be allowed onboard with a bike.

  • 1 Orsa railway station (Orsa järnvägsstation), Järnvägsgatan 6. (updated Oct 2020)

By bus

Orsa is connected by bus through the company Dalatrafik to regional transport. There is also a bus to and from Östersund twice a day. The central bus stop is called Orsa busstation.

On SJ you can search combined train and Dalatrafik bus.

By car

The European route E 45 (old name: Riksväg 45) passes by Orsa. It continues south towards Mora and Gothenburg, and north towards Karesuando.

Get around

By bicycle

In Orsa proper there are only a few bike paths. Nevertheless, Orsa and its surroundings can be easily explored by bicycle. One popular bike route is the 45 km (28 mi) circuit around Orsasjö, but other destinations in Orsa are also easy to reach by bike. If you bike south towards Mora, it might be better to choose the bike path Lisselhedsvägen and not the busy E45. Local bike trips can be planned by using Siljansleden.

Dalatrafik buses can carry up to two bicycles (on a bicycle mount at the back of the buses)

See

  • 1 Orsa Predator Park (Orsa rovdjurspark). More of a safari park than a zoo, this place features the Big Four (brown bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine), and exotic animals such as Siberian tigers, Kodiak bears, and snow leopards. 
  • 2 Orsa Grindstone Museum (Orsa Slipstensmuseum), Gruvbacksvägen 2, 794 91 Orsa, ✉ info@orsaslipsten.se. Museum decicated the history of grinding stones made of the local Orsa sandstone, a red Silurian sedimentary rock with few fossile remnants that qualifies for the making of excellent sharpening stones and millstones. (updated Dec 2018)

Do

  • 1 Röda Kvarn (Cinema), Järnvägsgatan 33, ☏ +46 250-401 09. Screenings usually take place on Thursdays and Sundays; At weekends sometimes children's performances are also organized. The cinema is run on a volunteer basis by a small association. The conversion to digital technology but still current movies, sometimes even in 3D offered. English films are not dubbed, but have Swedish subtitles. (updated Mar 2018)
  • 2 Orsa Grönklitt, ☏ +46 250-462 00. A wildlife park renowned for its bears. (updated Mar 2018)
  • Orsayran. Street music festival every wednesday during July and the first wednesday of August. Live music in and around the railway station. (updated Dec 2018)

Buy

Eat

There are various ways to eat in Orsa. The opening times vary widely between peak season and low season.

  • 1 Strandrestaurangen Orsa, Timmervägen 1, ☏ +46 70 014 24 49. With a scenic view of Orsasjön you can eat in the beach restaurant Orsa. (updated Mar 2018)
  • 2 McGregors Sportsbar, Bowlingvägen 1, ☏ +46 250-59 40 40. Simple dishes are also offered in the restaurant next to the bowling alley. (updated Mar 2018)
  • 3 Orsa Kaffestuga, Kaplansgatan 13, ☏ +46 73-087 56 03. As a café in a cozy atmosphere. (updated Mar 2018)

Drink

Nightlife is virtually non-existent in Orsa. Some restaurants are open in the evening.

Sleep

  • 1 Orsa Järnvägshotell, Järnvägsgatan 4, ☏ +46 250 18 930. Historic railway hotel, first opened in 1894. (updated Oct 2020)
  • 2 Hotell Kungshaga, Lindängsvägen 11, ☏ +46 250 44 260, ✉ info@kungshaga.se. (updated Mar 2018)
  • 3 Hotell Strandvillan, Älvgatan 6, ☏ +46 250 408 73, ✉ reservation@strandvillan.com. (updated Mar 2018)
  • 4 STF Jugendherberge Orsa Vandrarhem, Gillevägen 3, ☏ +46 220 421 70, ✉ info@orsavandrarhem.se. A hostel (updated Mar 2018)

Go next

  • Mora – The largest city in Siljansbygden
  • Rättvik – On the eastern coast of lake Siljan




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