The region of Västmanland is located in the middle of Sweden and therefore belongs to the southern part of Sweden.
Västerås is the largest city and also the seat of the provincial government. The landscape in Västmanland is relatively flat with a few hills and elevations, where large lakes and rivers surround the landscape.
In the Iron Age, around 750 BC, the first mineral raw materials were found in the region and were subsequently mined on a large scale. Even today, there are still some mining areas in the region, for example in Norberg and Noraskog.
What to experience in Västmanland
Like many of Sweden's regions, Västmanland offers a wide variety of holiday planning options and many outdoor activities as well as cultural experiences. As the mountains in the region are not very high, there are good opportunities for beginners and children to explore the nature of the region on foot. At the same time, experienced hikers also get their money's worth on the long and varied routes.
With Lake Mälaren as its focal point, water activities are a high priority here and range from nature-based experiences to action-packed activities and experiences for the whole family.
Outdoor activities ashore
There are no limits to outdoor activities in Västmanland. Hike along the 250 km long and scenic "Bruksleden" with varied natural landscape, which stretches between Västerås and Avesta in the Dalarna region. Or go on the 26 km long "Gruvdammsrundan" hike. If you want to try walking on an 8,000-year-old stone path, you should go to Stengärdet Nature Reserve and enjoy the diverse nature found here.
There are also a number of wildlife safari providers in the area, where you can spot beavers, wolves and, if you're lucky, an elk or two. Those who like a bit more excitement can climb the 217 m high Landsberg. Here you can climb steep cliffs or enjoy the magnificent views from colorful hammocks.
Mountain bike fans will find perfect conditions in Västmanland. The many routes are well signposted and easy to get to, even with larger cars packed with bikes and equipment.
Outdoor water activities
In the Svartå valley you have the chance to swim in the beautiful and scenic lake or observe sea eagles, barn owls or black terns that reside here.
On Lake Mälaren there are good opportunities for kayaking. There are both big trips for experienced kayakers and small trips for beginners. There are also good opportunities to explore the Strömsholm Canal by canoe.
Västerås offers a wide range of adrenaline-pumping activities. There are many activities around and with the water, ranging from Sweden's largest Action-Waterland (Kokpunkten Actionbad) to sports boating and kite surfing on Lake Mälaren or the Västerås Cable Park. And if the view from the water isn't enough, visit a high ropes course in Västerås or try skydiving from 4,000 metres.
Cultural attractions for a holiday in Västmanland
During the summer months, numerous concerts and music festivals are held throughout the region, where international and national artists perform every year with music to suit all tastes, from jazz and blues to pop and metal.
Every year in July, one of Europe's largest car gatherings takes place in Västerås. Classic oldtimer cars are presented and a parade is carried out with music events rounding off the weekend. Every year in late summer, the Medieval Days are held in Arboga.
The colorful programme has a lot to offer, for young and old alike. There are historical guided tours of the town, a varied music programme and the chance to attend interesting lectures.