Swedish media was aflutter earlier this week in reaction to news that the humble province of Dalarna had been recommened by the “venerable” New York Times as a destination worth visiting in the coming year.
According to the paper, Dalarna features “deep forests and glimmering lakes”.
“Every brick-red farmhouse deserves its own postcard,” the New York Times opined.
The review also mentioned the Anders Zorn museum and Mora, the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race, and the Dala-Husby Hotell as elements that can offer something for travellers looking for something else besides the “urban cool” of Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Even though Dalarna ranked second to last in the list – taking the 44th out of 45 spots – Helena Kvarnström of the Visit Dalarna tourist agency could hardly contain her excitement over the area’s recognition on the list.
“Isn’t it just cool!” she trumpeted to the local Dalarna Tidningar newspaper.
While Dalarna certainly has plenty to offer, check out the photo gallery below to find out a few other destinations around Sweden that the New York Times might also wanted to have considered for its list of places to see in 2012.