31 Jan 08
Official rally website: www.swerally.se
Most rally fans will fly into Stockholm and then make their way to the rally's base in the town of Karlstad. Stockholm is served by three airports - Arlanda, Bromma and Skavsta. Arlanda is the biggest, while Skavsta is the furthest from the centre, but is favoured by many budget airlines, which fly here. From Stockholm you can take an internal flight to Karlstad, drive or take the train. Sweden's high-speed trains leave from the centre of Stockholm for Karlstad and take just over two hours.
By road it's a simple 300km drive along the E18, which takes about four hours (allowing for the snowy conditions and the occasional elk or moose that strays into the road).
Alternatively, you could fly into Gothenburg (250km south) or even the Norwegian city of Oslo (225 km west) and drive.
Karlstad has more hotels per head of population than just about any town in Sweden. There are 15 in the centre of the town alone, although these do get very busy as organisers tend to block-book them for the people involved in the event. But sometimes there are a few rooms left over. Have a look at the Karlstad tourism website for a complete list: www.karlstad.se They can help with your reservations too.
Out-of-town hotels are thin on the ground. If you want to locate yourself out in the countryside, in the area between Sunne: www.varmland.org , Karlstad: www.karlstad.se and Hagfors: www.hagfors.ser where the stages are based, then your best bet is to contact the local tourism offices.