380km (236 miles) W of Stockholm, 61km (38 miles) NW of Karlstad, 288km (179 miles) NE of Gothenburg

Locals romantically refer to this resort town in the Fryksdalen (Frylen Valley) as the "land of legend," and it's forever associated with the writing of the Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf. Sunne, in fact, was the prototype for the village of Bro in The Sage of Gösta Berling, her most famous work, which was turned into a movie starring Greta Garbo.

Stressed out Swedes -- but well-heeled ones -- come to Sunne for much-needed R&R, because it lies on idyllic Lake Fryken. During summer, you can take boat trips on the glistening waters or play golf on a 9-hole course. In winter, Sunne often attracts skiers, as it has Värmland's highest lift capacity and the most modern cross-country stadium in Europe. Its slalom facility offers a ski school, ski rentals, a ski shop, sports services, a restaurant, and a lodge. There are 10 descents that vary in difficulty; 4 of them are lit when twilight falls. Akka Stadium is the name of Sunne's ski stadium, and there are several cross-country trails starting from here. For information about skiing in the area, call Ski Sunne at tel. 0565/602-80 or visit www.skisunne.se.