To some known as the heart of Sweden, these is the land of the famous wooden horse.
Dalarna was once "the wild west" of Sweden, where centuries ago the rich farmers not only defied the church, by adopting the wooden horse as a symbol, but also rose against the Danes that occupied much of Southern Sweden. 500 years later Dalarna is to tourists what Sweden is in the tourist guide books: an area rich in nature, red wooden horses and traditions like dancing around the Midsummer pole. Modern furniture of Ikea is still based on the farm interior kept for generations in the works of Dalarna painter Carl Larson.
Ever since I came to Sweden for the first time in 2001, as a tourist, I've been visiting Dalarna. Returning feels like a yearly must. This collection of photos kicks off with a few photos I made for my travel guide book published by Elmar publishing company in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2008.