Ryssa and the Siljansfors trial

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Go north from Gesunda to Ryssa.
Idyllic Ryssa was home  shack to Sollerön and Mora as early as in the 16th century. Fishing has always played a big role for the village and the fishing tradition lives on. The fish ryssling (whitefish) has given its name to the village.

Ryssa was the loading and unloading port for Siljansfors ironwork in the 18th and 19th centuries. Steamboats with barges traveled across Siljan from Leksand and Insjön, unloading iron ore and loading iron products for export around the world. In the wintertime , ore and products were transported by horse and sleigh 8.5 km to/from  the ironwork.

Ryssån was formerly used for timber rafting. Today, the river has two power plants with ponds and a canal. The nature along the river is enchanting and the fauna offers beaver and moose. At Siljan there is a beautiful swimming area. BromanGard Bed & Breakfast Ateljécafé is located in the middle of the village.

Siljansfors – old ironworks, now forest museum.
Continue on the E 45 towards Malung. Soon you will see an old blast furnace on the right hand side and then you will arrive at the Siljansfors Forest Museum. The ironworks was closed at the end of the 19th century, but the old blast furnace remains as a monument. In the Forest Museum you can see the development of forestry. Old facilities are built in their natural environment. There is also an experimental park with around 50 species of trees and shrubs. Guided tours are available but you can also experience the area on your own. Lunch and coffee are available in the cafeteria. More information at www.skogsmuseum.se