Järlåsa, Uppland – Exploring Sweden

Järlåsa is a small locality within Uppsala Municipality in the historical province of Uppland. It is a settlement that once developed around the railway and today has a population of around 570 inhabitants. Once upon a time, Järlåsa was the home of the chocolate milk drink Pucko.

A Short History of Järlåsa

What is today the locality of Järlåsa originates in the settlement that started to develop here in 1906. The reason for the development can most likely be described in one word, trains. The railway between Uppsala and Sala opened in 1873 and Järlåsa became a stop in 1907. The station building opened about 10 years later. The railway station remained active until 1971. The train has since only been passing by the locality and the station building was demolished in 1998.

The name comes from the local parish and Järlåsa Church is in a village a bit to the north. It is believed to be a combination of the name Jarle and the Swedish word “ås”, meaning ridge.

One of the most famous products that have been manufactured in Järlåsa is the chocolate milk drink Pucko. It was produced here from its launch in 1954 until 1987.

Things to Do and See

Most services in Järlåsa are along the main road that passes through the locality. These services include a small restaurant, a gas station, and an even smaller grocery store. A few kilometers to the north is the parish church and the sports center with football fields is on the outskirts of the urban area. To the south is the lake Strandsjön, which has a beach for anyone who wants to go for a swim in the summer (or winter for that matter).

Lindsjön Nature Reserve

Not far from Järlåsa is the Lindsjön Nature Reserve. It opened in 2016 and covers an area of 221 hectares. The flora here grows without interruption from humans, meaning that there are no prepared paths and visitors have to find their own way.

Strandsjön Beach

Lake Strandsjön is directly to the south of Järlåsa and is one of a few locations where locals and visitors alike can go swimming during the summer months.

How to Get to Järlåsa

Flights: The closest airport is Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST), 63 kilometers away, which has mostly low-cost carriers. In addition, there is Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN), 64 kilometers away with both domestic and international flights.
Car: Järlåsa is along road 72 between Heby and Uppsala.
Bus: Local and regional UL buses connect Järlåsa with the surrounding region.
Train: Trains have not been stopping here since 1971. However, there are train stations in both Morgongåva and Uppsala.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

Stockholm – 101 kilometers (1 h 12 min)
Gothenburg – 454 kilometers (5 h 35 min)
Malmö – 668 kilometers (7 h 20 min)
Linköping – 240 kilometers (3 h 3 min)
Kiruna – 1194 kilometers (13 h 42 min)

Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden

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