Arvika is a Swedish town in the province of Värmland County, the historical province of Värmland. The town is the capital of the municipality of the same name.


Arvika is located on the northern shore of Kyrkviken, a bay of the lake Glafsfjorden.

Economy and infrastructure

Established businesses

The biggest and most important employer in Arvika is a Baufahrzeugwerk by Volvo.


Arvika is located on the National Highway ( riksväg ) 61 between Karlstad and the Norwegian Kongsvinger. Furthermore, the place across the street with Årjäng 172 and 175 connected to Saffle.

The town has a station on the Värmlandsbahn, which is the direct rail service between Stockholm and Oslo ( completed 1871). In long-distance traffic - performed by SJ AB ( SJ) - there are direct Intercity connections with Oslo and Stockholm; a pair of trains includes Arvika also to the Swedish X2000 Network. Local trains ( länståg ) establish connections with Karlstad, Charlotte Berg and Oslo.

Three kilometers northeast of the city center lies the airfield Arvika - Westlanda.

Culture and sights

Main tourist attraction in Arvika is the Rackstadmuseum be issued in the works, named after the nearby lake Racken Rackstad artist colony. There is also a car museum with the collected racing car based in Arvika Rally and Rallycross driver Per Eklund and a rallycross track, called Westombanan ( Banan west om Arvika; German racetrack west of Arvika ). A recurring event of importance is the Harbour Festival ( Arvika Hamnfest ). The Arvikafestival, 1992-2010, was one of the major festivals in Scandinavia, with last around 22,000 visitors.


  • Kenny Bräck (* 1966), race car driver
  • Goals Edman (1904-1995), ski jumpers
  • Per Eklund ( born 1946 ), Rally and Rallycross driver
  • Oscar Kjellberg (1870-1931), inventor of the covered welding electrode and entrepreneurs
  • Johan Kristoffersson (* 1988), race car driver
  • Tommy Kristoffersson, Rallycross and racers as well as STCC race team owner