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Färnebofjärden National Park is part of the river Nedre Dalälven. It is a mosaic of floodplains, old-growth forests, swamps and meadows constituting a unique natural complex teeming with life. Riverside fens and meadows, floodplains and ancient forest guarantee the visitor powerful nature experiences.

The periodic floodings leave their traces in the landscape and within the uneven borders of the national park there are more than 200 islands and islets. In Färnebofjärden National Park, the characteristic wetlands and evergreen forest of northern Scandinavia converge with more southerly natural features such as broad-leaved forest with elements of oak and linden, all of which combine to many beautiful views.

Many species in a dynamic landscape

The diverse plant and animal life provides opportunities for many interesting encounters. 270 different species of vascular plants, some twenty species of fish, and about seventy red-listed insect species inhabit the park, together with moose, roe deer, mountain hare, red fox, pine marten, beaver, wood lemming and lynx. Färnebofjärden is known for its rich birdlife, and has been frequented by ornithologists since the 1970s. There are 205 bird species, of which 107 commonly nest here.

In the National Park the River Dalälven speeds up, creating surging rapids over stony beds. Plants cannot root in the rapids, nor does ice form in the winter. Grayling and brown trout thrive in the turbulent and oxygen rich water. Here is a good place to go fishing!

Moving through the park

Canoeing is the ulitmate way to explore the park. It allows you to travel silently through narrow channels, river bays and rapids. While out on the river, you have a good chance of seeing white-tailed eagle and osprey.

You can also walk along the beautiful and varied paths of the park. There are cabins and shelters, where you can stay over night for free.


Färnebofjärden National Park was inaugurated in 1998 and covers roughly 10 000 hectares. It is situated in central Sweden and located along the Dalälven River at the conjunction of Västmanland, Dalarna, Uppsala and Gävleborg counties.

Naturum Färnebofjärden at Gysinge Bruk in Gysinge is the National Park’s main entrance. In the naturum visitor centre you find information about the park and tips for trips. Other park entrances include Östa, Sevedskvarn, Tinäset and Tyttbo.

The National Park is surrounded by several nature reserves and together they create one of central Sweden’s major protected areas.

Färnebofjärden is part of the European Union’s Natura 2000 network and the Ramsar Convention on valuable wetlands.

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  • Natura 2000 is an ecological network of protected natural areas throughout the EU.
  • The Ramsar Convention is an international convention for protection of wetlands.

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Store Mosse National Park

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Västmanland County

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Söderåsen National Park

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