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/
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.