Language Courses in Dalarna / Sweden

1. Summary at a glance
Course size
Group course with max. 12 persons
Participants– all ages from 16 years
– suitable especially for vacationers
Course levels
Beginners and advanced (A1-C1)
AccommodationVandrarhem or Sjöcamping Furudal or Marcusgård Furudal/Näset
Specialties– practical Swedish training and excursions including contact with local residents
– nice and personal atmosphere
2. Language school

The Swedish courses will be held at all levels: from A1 to C1. Beginners are just as welcome as advanced learners. The first registration for a course week determines the level for the week!

We recommend taking a placement or language test, to assess your own Swedish language skills.

The Swedish courses are taught by Maria and her colleagues. Maria lives in a neighboring village and works as a self-employed language teacher in adult education, where she mainly teaches courses in Swedish as a foreign language. In addition to her experience as a language teacher, she has completed training in learning and change processes. She has a Swedish-Dutch background and has lived in both countries for a long time. Maria speaks English, too, of course!

The course will include work with the book Rivstart, which you can borrow on site. Supplementary material is provided free of charge.

Swedish is the course language; German, English and Dutch are possible as mediating languages. The participants receive small daily tasks, which they work on until the next day.

The accompanying program includes cultural activities and excursions into nature. Here, too, Swedish is spoken – adapted to the level of the participants.

3. Location and surroundings

The courses are held at Furudals Vandrarhem, where you can also stay.

Furudal is located in the middle of picturesque Dalarna (English: „the valleys“), near the towns of Rättvik (36 km), Orsa (37 km) and Mora (52 km). Dalarna is known for its gorgeous forests and the naturally beautiful landscape around Lake Siljan, which was formed 1 million years ago by a meteorite impact. The region is considered one of the most pristine regions in Sweden. In fact, many of the things considered „typically Swedish“ come from the region, which is rather sparsely populated with 300,000 inhabitants.

Besides the „dalahäst“ (dala horse), the Swedish red and the „falukorv“ (Falu sausage) also come from here. The small colorful dala horse is considered an important national symbol and is the most bought souvenir in Sweden. It comes from Nusnäs (about 45 km from Furudal). In the village you can visit workshops and look over the craftsmen’s shoulders while they are carving and painting.

In addition, Dalarna both preserves traditions and creates new ones: there is the Vasalauf, the world’s longest ski marathon at 90 km, which attracts 15,000 participants. The famous crispbread bakery (knäckebröd) in Leksand, founded in 1920, about 54 km away, is also worth a trip. Here, locally harvested rye is processed and the bread is formed from it: the round or triangular crispbread with the Dala horse as a motif on the packaging.

4. Course and acitivities

On the Sunday before the course starts, there is a Välkomstkväll (welcome evening), where the course instructor and the participants introduce themselves and the course program is presented. A vegetarian dinner will be served.

Courses begin Monday-Friday at 9:00 am and end at 12:30 pm (with a fika break during the morning).

At 13:00 there will be a hot lunch for all at the Vandrarhem. Breakfast is taken at the respective accommodations. The landlords of Marcusgård provide transfer to the vandrarhem on request. It is also possible to rent bicycles, walk or use your own car.

The afternoon program will start from 15:00. The following activities are planned:

Tour of Furudal: A villager offers a guided tour of the village and the nearby area (in Swedish) and provides information about history, nature and geology.

Natural history hike: Depending on the weather, there will be a mushroom excursion, also with a villager.

Baka kakor och frallor: Baking cookies and rolls according to Swedish recipes. The afternoon is accompanied by a Swedish resident of the village and the landlords.

Shopping and cooking a Swedish „middag“ (dinner!), together with a village woman.

Final dinner on Saturday (with your language teacher, the hosts at Marcusgård or Vandrarhem).

2 afternoons are free.

Cancellation:
You may cancel your registration free of charge up to 30 days prior to the start of the course. After that, a fee of 50% of the course fee will be due.

5. Accommodation und meals

At Furudal Vandrarhem we recommend the offer „book 7 days/pay 5 nights“:

Single room     approx. 200 €
Double room   approx. 375 €

On this page you can directly choose your room.

Of course you can also book a place at the beautiful camping Sjöcamping Furudal.

A breakfast should be booked in addition for organizational reasons (approx. 6 €).

When booking please note „language course“!

Another option is Marcusgård, about 2.6 km from the vandrarhem. The prices here are:

7 nights in the dairy farming: 15.000 SEK (incl. bed linen and towels) = approx. 1.465 €
7 nights in the barn: 10.000 SEK (excl. bed linen and towels) = approx. 975 €

Breakfast: 75 SEK per person = approx. 7,50 €
Sauna (2 hours): 500 SEK (incl. towels, bathrobes and wood), if you heat it yourself = approx. 49 €
750 SEK (incl. towels, bathrobes and wood), if you heat up beforehand = approx. 74 €

6. Leisure time

Hiking and cycling is a typical pastime in Furudal’s surroundings. In autumn the forests invite to mushroom hunting and berry picking. Canoes and bicycles can be rented at the accommodation facilities. More information about excursions (museums, geological features, exhibitions) can be found on the homepages of the two accommodations. The hostel parents will be happy to help you plan activities.

7. Accommodation and arrival

Furudal is easily accessible by public transport.
There are train connections to Rättvik from Stockholm Central Station and Arlanda Airport. From the train station in Rättvik, bus line 351 will take you directly to Furudal. The bus stop is 5 minutes walk from the hostel.

The distance to the accommodation Marcusgård is about 2,5 km.

Guests are picked up by the landlords at the bus stop in Furudal, in Rättvik or Mora.

For itineraries and bookings, our partner travel agency SkandAktiv, which specializes in travel to Scandinavia, will be happy to assist you:

SkandAktiv-Reisenskandaktiv
Phone: +49 9244-98 22 863
E-mail: info@skandaktiv.de

8. Course dates and prices
Dates 2022Couse form / levelService language course and programPrice per person and week*

21. – 28.8.
28.8. – 4.9.
4. – 11.9.
11. – 18.9.
18. – 25.9.
25.9. – 2.10.

Registration deadline: 1 month before course start!

Group course

A1, A2, B1, B2, C1

The first registration for a course week determines the level!

– Monday – Friday 4 lessons of 45 minutes each with fika break (9:00-12:30)
– afternoon program on 3 days
– teaching material
– lunch on 5 days
– welcome evening
– closing ceremony on the last evening
– coffee/tea during the lessons (6 days)

670 €
(with 4-7 persons)

595 € (with 8-12 persons)

Accommodation see item 5.

*Slight price fluctuations are possible due to the exchange rate.
If less than 4 people register for a group course, the provider reserves the right to reduce the number of hours or adjust the price. Which option is chosen is done in consultation with the registered persons.

... ... and this is what our participants say
about the lessons in the language school in Dalarna:

The courses in Dalarna are brand new in our program this year and we look forward to your feedback!

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Hannes & Katja, the owners of the Vandrarhem