Sälen has a wide range of off-slope amenities surround all four mountains. Located within the Lindvallen complex is the Experium centre this contains – a large swimming pool complex with slides and surf simulators, a spa, a relaxation area, numerous restaurants, a cinema, bowling lanes and shopping areas.
The swimming complex includes sauna facilities as well as numerous slides and pools. If you plan on using it more than once on your break save money and buy the ski passes with pool included!
There is a wide range of chain, fast food, cafe and independent restaurants in and around the slopes. Our personal favourite is O’Learys, there are two in Sålen, one in the Experium complex and one in Tandådalen.
Smart guests cut the queues and go to Tandådalen, the restaurant often gets busy so we still recommend booking online but it well worth it for the fantastic views of the mountains, you even get a bowl of popcorn while you wait for your food!
There are plenty of supermarkets and fast food chains around the slopes, Lindvallen even has a McDonalds with a ski through hatch! Unfortunately, there is no Max (Sweden’s fantastic fast food restaurant), but you should be well catered for anyway. If your looking to save money join the locals and eat a picnic on one of the slopes or in one of the food halls dotted around the resort.
HOW TO GET TO SÄLEN
Update: As of December 2019 the new Scandinavian mountains airport will open. This €115 million project will accept international flights coming from Denmark, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Russia. A state of the art runway is being installed without a traditional control tower, instead, it will be the first airport in the world to utilise a virtual air-traffic control centre. Located just a 15-minute car journey from Sälen this will become the easiest way to travel to any resort in Dalarna County.
Currently, the quickest route to Sälen for international travels is to land at Oslo airport. From here you can rent an appropriately sized vehicle to cram in all your Ski/Snowboard gear and drive through Norway to Sälen. The journey takes around 3-hours via Norway’s E3 and E25 highways. The route is incredibly scenic passing through many stunning vistas and is ridiculously simple given the distance involved, you essentially only drive on three roads! If you have a late flight and wish to stay in Norway overnight before driving we recommend Gardermoen hotel Bed & Breakfast, it is 7-minutes from the airport and the hotel provides low-cost transfers too and from the terminal. It is about as close to cheap as you can do in Norway and is perfect for a single nights stay!
The cheapest route to Sälen is to avoid Norway! Car rental in Sweden is significantly less expensive in Sweden when compared to their neighbours Norway. Expect to save around £200 for 5-day car rental although the journey is a tad longer, travelling from Stockholm Arlanda airport to Sälen takes about 5-hours by car. But there are plenty of things to do along the way to make a proper road trip of the journey, depending on your route you could stop at historical university town Uppsala, home of Sweden’s old university, or maybe make your own Dala horse.
For those wishing to break up their journey with an overnight stop we recommend either rental a holiday cabin around one of the many iconic Swedish lakes, most properties are very cheap in the winter and usually are only a few minutes away from the major roads. If travelling by the E4 and E16 another option is to stay at the town of Gävle, this historic port town is quintessentially Swedish and even features a giant straw goat during the winter months, but you’ll have to be early in the season to see it before someone burns it down!