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Planning your trip to Tallberg, Sweden

THE BEST WAY TO TALLBERG, SWEDEN

From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Stockholm is offered on Lufthansa, British, Air France, Swiss, Continental and KLM. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $840.

From Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, you can catch a Skyways flight to Dala Airport in Barlange, 37 miles east of Tallberg; 771-95 95 00, http://www.skyways.se/en/book-flight/

TELEPHONES

To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 46 (country code for Sweden) and the local number.

WHERE TO STAY

Akerblads Hotell & Gastgiveri, 2 Sjogattu, Tallberg; 247-508-00, http://www.akerblads.se/sa/node.asp?node=284. The quintessential folkloric lodging in Tallberg. Ask for an upgraded room in the main building, if possible. The hotel restaurant serves an extensive breakfast buffet, including a variety of house-baked breads, lunch buffets, smorgasbords and dinner.

WHAT TO DO

Carl Larsson-Garden, 15 Sundborn; 023-600-53, http://www.carllarsson.se/enstart.aspx The creative, groundbreaking home of artist Carl Larsson and his family still influences Swedish design.

Munte's Hildasholm, 5 Klockaregatan, Leksand; 247-100-62, http://www.hildasholm.org. The more traditional home of a well-to-do family, built in 1911.

Jobs Handtryck Studio, 4 Jobsbacken, Vastanvik; 247-122-22, http://www.jobshandtryck.se/eng-index.html. Tours of the print studio Monday through Friday in the summer; other times by appointment. Outlet shop open daily in the summer. Bold, high-quality, hand-printed fabrics and decorative items.

Dalhalla Amphitheater, just north of Rattvi off National Highway 70; 248-797-950, http://www.dalhalla.se. If you can't catch a musical performance at this huge former limestone quarry, at least take a tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in summer months.

WHERE TO SHOP

The Dalarna area is a mecca for handicrafts. I particularly liked:

Emmas Silversmide, 15 Siljansvagen, Tallberg; 247-504-02, http://www.emmassilver.com. Nature-inspired silver jewelry and sculpture.

Kerstin Hilmersson, 13 Siljansvagen, Tallberg; 247-504-78. Hand-knit sweaters, coats, ponchos and scarves made from Swedish and Swiss yarns.

TO LEARN MORE

http://www.siljan.se/en/ and http://www.dalarna.se/DalarnaDefault_4.aspx?epslanguage=EN have good information in English about the region.

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