Off the Beaten Path in Järvsö, Sweden

Sometimes the best places to visit are off the beaten path.  Way off the beaten path.  Smack dab in the middle of Sweden off the beaten path.  That’s where you’ll find the village of Järvsö.

Järvsö has a population of less than 2000 people and has an unmistakable small town feel.  Spend a weekend in town and you are sure to stumble across the same person once or twice.  But with that small town feel comes the requisite small town charm beautifully displayed at Järvsö church.

The founding of the church is a matter of debate, but remnants of a stone church from the 1200s have been found at the site of the current church.  Like so many churches in Sweden, this one too has a rune stone in the vicinity.  Just behind the church is a rune stone dating to the 11th century, about the time that Christianity began to take hold in Sweden.

Along with the history though comes a stunning setting.  Järvsö church sits on an island in the middle of the Ljusnan River, the church spire rising up above the surrounding area.  Take the opportunity to wander around the church yard and admire the natural beauty of rural Sweden.

A great time to visit Järvsö is for traditional midsummer celebration in during the weekend closest to the summer solstice.

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About Marcus Cederstrom

I was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before my 6th birthday. I grew up in the United States eventually graduating from the University of Oregon. After graduation and about 17 years in the US I made the decision to move back to Sweden. I have been living in Stockholm since the summer of 2007. Since graduation I have traveled throughout eastern Australia as well as in Sweden and Europe.