Mora is a city in the Dalarna province in Sweden. It is situated by the lake Siljan, the sixth largest lake in Sweden. The municipality of Mora has about 20,000 inhabitants.
The name "Mora" is first used in written sources in 1325. The word itself is the plural user of the dialectical word 'mor', meaning "dense forest on damp land". Mora became an important place in Swedish history during the 16th century, when it supported Gustav Vasa in the Swedish war of independence from the Kalmar Union, 1521-1523.
Mora became industrialized during the latter part of the 18th century with the production of Mora clocks. During the 19th century Mora instead became a producer of knives, faucets and ice drills.
phone: +46 248-79 72 00address: Köpmannagatan 3A
By trainThe easiest way to reach Mora is by road or by train. is about four hours from the capital Stockholm. Bus is in general the cheapest way of reaching Mora from other cities. The biggest intercity bus company is Swebus Express. Mora is the final station of Dalabanan, which continues towards Stockholm. Railway tickets can be bought at the website of the Swedish railway company SJ. Regional trains are operated by Tåg i Bergslagen. Buses and trains both stop at the railway station which is a short walk from the city centre and the hotels there. Mora is an important stop on Inlandsbanan
By carHighway E45 (also known as Inlandsvägen) from Gothenburg passes by Mora, continuing north towards Karesuando. Mora is connected to E45 via route 26, which meets the E45 by Johannisholm, some south of Mora.
Route 70 leads from Mora to Rättvik, where it is branched into route one route which keeps the name 70, and continues towards Enköping, and route 69 which will take you to Falun. From Enköping you can continue toward Stockholm via the highway E18, and from Falun you can easily continue towards Gävle and Uppsala.
Mora is small enough to be explored on foot, however there is a local bus network handled by Dalatrafik. The price for a bus ticket is 17 kr. If you drive a car, parking is free on many streets.
Taxis are pricey, as always in Sweden. Mora Taxi is reached on +46 250 15000.
- Nusnäs (10 kilometers south-east of Mora. To get to Nusnäs from Mora, take bus 108 from the railway station in Mora) The village of Nusnäs is the place where the Dala Horse is made. These small wooden horses have been around since the 17th century. They are normally painted orange or blue with symmetrical decorations known as kurbits painting. The horses are carved and painted in workshops open for tourists, and you can buy a carving kit of your own or even try to paint one yourself. Dala Horse workshops in Nusnäs:
phone: +46 250 37200address: Edåkersvägen 17
phone: +46 250 37250address: Edåkersvägen 24
- Ice hockey is popular in Mora. The local team Mora IK remains the arch rival of Leksand, the traditional hockey superpower in the province. In recent years the two teams have been rollercoasting in and out of the top league, SHL, and as of 2013 Mora plays in the second league, Hockeyallsvenskan. During the hockey season (September-March) you can join the crowds in FM Mattsson Arena. Tickets can be purchased at the tourist agency. If you want to stand with the hardcore fans a ticket is 125 kr, if you prefer sitting down prices range from 180 kr to 295 kr.
VasaloppetThe world's third longest cross-country skiing race, takes place every year on the first Sunday of March. It is a memory of how Swedish king-to-be Gustav Vasa went on skis between Mora and Sälen, where he was talked into staying in Sweden and lead the fight against the Danes. The memorial race goes in the opposite direction and around 16,000 skiers try to make it from Sälen to the goal in Mora, a distance of 90 km. The goal now stands in the middle of Mora (Vasagatan, near the corner with Björnramsgatan) all year round, a portal consisting of two red pillars and a banner with the classical inscription "I fäders spår - för framtids segrar" ("In fathers' tracks - for future victories"). The event itself has grown into Vasaloppet's Week (Vasaloppsveckan), an entire week in late February filled with ski races and other activities.
- Might as well get that Dala Horse immediately. You can run but you can't hide.
- A more useful memory of Mora would be a Mora knife, the weapon of choice for Swedes whatever task needs to be fulfilled. You will for instance never see a Swedish soldier or construction worker without a Mora knife in his belt. Old style Mora knives have handles made of wood, but cheaper versions with plastic handles are available as well. The knives are made by two Mora companies: Frosts and Mora of Sweden. Mora of Sweden has an outlet store.
phone: +46 250-152 40address: Moragatan 1A restaurant with Chinese food.
Lilla Krogen Pub & Restaurangphone: +46 250-150 20address: Strandgatan 6General Swedish cuisine, along with pizza and a variety of different meals.
phone: +46 250-145 50address: Skålmyrsvägen 35By the Siljan shore line.
phone: +46 250-177 07address: Strandgatan 19By the Siljan shore line.
phone: +46 250 350 19address: Tallvägen 10, 792 52 MoraOne of the few small family owned breweries in Sweden. It makes beer, cider, soft drinks and svagdricka. Some of their beers can be purchased at Systembolaget stores, the other products are sold in Dalarna and the adjacent regions, but are quite hard to find in other parts of the country. It is possible for groups to book a visit at the brewery.
address: Älvgatan 75A dance- and night club
phone: +46 250-386 78address: Vasagatan 38A sports bar
phone: +46 250-150 20address: Vasagatan 34c
phone: +46 250-374 67address: Nusnäs Bygata 71Also sells hand made crafts.
phone: +46 250-100 82address: Kyrkogatan 8
phone: +46 250-133 42address: Åmåsängsvägen 90A summer open open-air café.
phone: +46 250-383 34address: Fridhemsgatan 15
phone: +46 250-150 70address: Kristinebergsgatan 1
phone: +46 250-130 00address: Moragatan 6
phone: +46 250 59 26 50address: Strandgatan 12An old hotel in central Mora, dating back to 1830.
phone: +46 250-276 00address: ParkvägenOffer hotel rooms, cottages and apartments.
phone: +46 70-898 61 07address: Bärsgardsvägen 5A hostel in an old teacher's home from the 1920s.
phone: +46 250-381 96address: Björnramsgatan 2A hostel runned by the Swedish Tourist Association STF.