Falun is located in Dalarna, in the heart of Scandinavia, readily accessible by frequent rail and air services. This is a region where the people love everything having to do with skiing, competitions, culture and festivals. Ski competitions have been arranged here since the late 19th century and Falun has a tradition of genuine hospitality among the staff involved in the service and tourism business.
One of the world's oldest international World Cup competitions, Svenska Skidspelen, is hosted in Falun and the finish of the ski competition, Vasaloppet, is only one hour drive away.
Falun and the neighboring town Borlänge is the centre of a growing region with 100.000 inhabitants today. Apart from the Lugnet ski facility, Falun boasts a number of world class sights, such as the world heritage with the Coppermine, the home of the artists Carl and Karin Larsson in Sundborn and the lake Runn which offers great opportunity for outdoor activities such as skating and ice fishing.
Lugnet, with the national ski arena and jumping hills, is a sports facility for both summer and winter use. It is a unique arena only 2km from the downtown in Falun. The Swedish Sports Confederation recognizes 67 sports of which 57 can be practiced at Lugnet. There are also many hiking and exercise trails, as well as skiing trails. It is as close to everything that offers at Lugnet as it is to the immense nature reserve. The lift of the jump tower of the 90-metre ski jump is open in the summer. From this hill you have the most spectacular view over Falun and Lake Runn.
In the Lugnet arena, there are two jumping hills, which have become a trademark for Falun since being built for the World Championships in 1973. For the World Championships in 2015, the whole area underwent major overhauling and reconsruction and will now feature the HS 134 and HS 100 hills in a brand-new light. The HS 134 was equipped with a viewing platform, ice-tracks were installed on both hills and new coaches' stands plus a modern lift joined the existing facilities.
Right after the Nordic Combined Triple, the next highlight will follow suit: the Olympic Games in Sochi. Part II of the extended season preview will take you to all stops of the later part of the winter!
With the Olympics in Sochi and the brand-new Nordic Combined Triple coming up, Nordic Combined is gearing up for one of its most exciting seasons ever. Race Director Lasse Ottesen sat down with us for the latest TUESDAY TALK to walk us through the most recent developments before the season kicks off in Kuusamo at the end of November.