It was so quiet at the airpark during the night, that the sound of a bumble bee buzzing outside the window woke me up in the morning! Over a leisurely breakfast we watched a single crane ambling down the runway and pecking at insects on the tarmac. It appears that our worries about the airpark being noisy and busy were unfounded.
After breakfast we strolled into the village of Siljansnäs. Rich aptly described it as the Swedish equivalent of a typical Cotswolds village, with pretty houses and gardens, gently rolling streets and alleys, a picturesque church in the centre, and friendly villagers who wave or shout “hello” as you walk past. As seems to be the norm in Sweden, the small grocery store was extremely well supplied with gluten free products so we stocked up and headed back to the cabin for a relaxing lunch before driving up the hill to the nature reserve and museum – Naturum Dalarna.
Unlike the village, the nature reserve did feel touristy, but there were fantastic views of the lake from the car park, and we soon lost the crowds by following the longest walking trail. We’d hoped to be able to climb up to the top of the watchtower as the view had been recommended by our Finnish friend back at the airpark, but unfortunately it was closed for repairs. Instead we headed to ‘Buffils Anna’ for hot chocolate and cake. The Swedes take ‘fika’ very seriously, and seem to have come from far and wide to sit and enjoy the view and atmosphere.