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“I usually describe Värmland as a Sweden in miniature. We have coast along Sweden’s largest lake Vänern, forests towards Norway, mountains in the north and a flatter landscape in the east. We also have our big city, Karlstad, so we have a little bit of everything,” says Madelene Andersson, head of tourism at Hagfors municipality. Klarälvsbanan and Klarälvsleden stretch a total of 220 kilometres along the river Klarälven from south to north. It is slightly uphill going north, but otherwise quite flat and suitable for anyone from professional cyclists to families with children.