It has to be said that when you decide to come to Borlänge to study at Dalarna University, you aren’t picking the most exciting city to live in. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to do. The key is that you can organise your own trips in and around the city.
This was also how a little road trip to Gävle and the Baltic Sea came to be. I have to admit this wasn’t my own idea, nor did I do any of the planning but that’s the plus side of living together with many other students and making friends. I was invited together with my friend Gloria by a classmate to join him and two other people we knew to rent a car and drive east. Renting a car is quite easy here and the prices are also very reasonable, especially if you can share the car with more people.
Gävle is the capital of the province of the same name. It’s most known for the rituals during Christmas. They build a huge Yule Goat made out of straw every December, also known as the Gävle Goat. What makes it famous is that the Goat usually ends up being lit on fire by vandals. This little detail aside the Yule Goat has become a symbol of the city and you can find representations of it everywhere.
We ended up driving about 2 hours to Gävle and looked for the nearest road that led to the waterfront. We ended up at a small beach with beautiful views and the weather was a really big plus. Not a cloud in the sky the whole day. The rest of the day we spent driving around the area, shortly visiting the city centre of Gävle and Sandviken on the way back. It might not seem like a very exciting itinerary but we had a wonderful day exploring the region being able to go left or right wherever we wanted.
What I’m trying to say is, a place is as boring or exciting as you make it yourself. Borlänge, Dalarna and Sweden have plenty to excite!