In a landscape formed by the Ice Age where mammoths once roamed on the grassy plains, lies faint traces of human activity. First impressions of the Jämtland Härjedalen wilderness hardly give way to traces of human civilisation, but if one looks closer, hidden secrets are revealed. Petroglyphs dating back to the Stone Age, medieval pilgrimages and antiquated Sami traditions are among some of the revelations. Culture and heritage oozes from the region; living artists, farmers, hunters and collectors have a plethora of exhibits. Art galleries, music festivals and creative food artisans arouse the creative senses of visitors. The combination of the incredible scenery, rich history and unique traditions creates an inviting opportunity of cultural treasures to feast in.
Enjoy a virtual tour in the Swedish mountain resort Funäsfjällen, in the western part of Härjedalen, Sweden. Funäsfjällen has majestic mountains with 60 peaks measuring higher than 1,000 metres above sea level, ideal for activities all year-round. Hiking, biking, fishing, musk ox visits, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing as well as cultural attractions and events for […]
The closeness between the city and the mountains is just one of the ingredients that make the city Östersund so unique – and a fantastic destination. Since 2010 Östersund has been a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, which is no wonder considering all the gastronomic highlights based on regional food culture. Östersund is a popular […]
To a visitor it may seem like any other buffet or Smorgasbord with loads of different kinds of foods, but the Julbord (Christmas buffet) is sacred to many Swedes. Of course there are differences between the south of Sweden and the north as well as there are themed Cristmas buffets, like the one served by […]
This scenic drive (or bike tour) gives you panoramic views of mountains and lakes as well as experiences from the cultural heritage of St Olov. Go from Järpen in the western part of Jämtland to Kall and around lake Kallsjön back again, or into Norway and back again along the mountain road Skalstugevägen towards the […]
We do not know exactly what lake Storsjöns bottom structure looks like, but we do know that the bedrock and the soils around the lake contribute to the fact that the lake has a high production of fish and is resistant to acidifying deposits. This could provide good conditions for an extraordinary animal, just like […]
Take any event calendar of the Swedish Region Jämtland Härjedalen and you will have difficulties to find days with nothing happening. This region is more than lakes, forests and mountains, the evidence is there in lists of summer events. Sweaty multisport activities and events with hunting and outdoor themes, but also cultural events attract long-distance […]
The city Östersund is a reliable supplier of world premieres and a winter city to rely on for biathlon athletes from all over the world. On the other hand, it is not only snow that counts in Östersund, the proximity to everything of importance is a crucial factor for both competitors and audiences for maximum […]
Seen from a distance the Sonfjället mountain has the silhouette of a volcano. Beautifully shaped and surrounded by lush greenery. Climb the mountain or hike around it and look for bears, since this area, The Sonfjället National Park of Sweden, has quite a few brown bears. Do not miss the summer grazing farm, shieling, by the […]
When Östersund’s Football Club (ÖFK) met Galatasaray in the Europe League 2017 the beloved provincial anthem of Jämtland was performed. Just like always when Östersund Football Club plays a match. Local supporter Elisabeth Rolandsson, who works as a guard during the matches, felt it was a shame that large parts of the audience did not understand the […]
The route E45 (European road no 45) actually starts in southern Europe, in Italy, and goes all the way up to Kautokeino on the northern border between Norway and Finland. On it´s way north the route leads through Adventure Sweden territory. Beginning in the commercial center Sveg, the southern gateway of Härjedalen, it leads up […]
Sweden’s northernmost runestone and the only one found in Jämtland Härjedalen is located on the island Frösön. It is the oldest document found in the region where “Jämtland” is mentioned. The rune stone tells about the way Östman Gudfast’s son let Christianize Jämtland and that he was able to build a bridge and raise the […]
Going on a safari does not have to mean hardships in the wilderness searching for wild animals. There are traditional breeds of farm animals that are easy to catch a glimpse of around Jämtland. Driving around you are most likely to see the Mountain Cattle on some farms keeping to the traditional breeds. They are […]
We were curious about making a pilgrimage, but not curious enough to do St Olavsleden on our feet. We were more interested in the landscape and travel in a comfortable mode. The railway leading from coastal Sundsvall to Östersund, Åre and on to Trondheim in Norway caught our attention and so we made our way […]
At the family Wikner´s in the village Persåsen sustainability, art, handicraft and recreation are self written following the rhythm of the seasons in nature´s eternal cycle. The wood shop and the entire Visitor Center has in various ways acquired character and atmosphere from the surrounding area, the beautiful landscape around lake Storsjön – Storsjöbygden.
Saepmie is both the Sami people and a land area in the northern part of the globe. The Swedish part of Saepmie is a rich cultural landscape among vast mountains, villages and towns from the Dalarna region in the south, including Jämtland Härjedalen and all the way up through to the swedish border in the […]
Once upon a time there was a magnificent waterfall in Sweden called Storforsen (The grand rapids). It was as admired for its beauty as it was dreaded by the log floaters. One night unlike any other the noise from the rapids where silenced forever. The work of one man and nature together created the heritage […]
“If there’s one thing I know, it’s ski towns. But it took a trip to the other side of the world, to Åre Sweden, a decade ago to make me realize why I lived in one, a knowledge reinforced ever since.” Said by Leslie Anthony, a Whistler-based author, editor, biologist and bon vivant who has never met a mountain […]
When you travel in the borderland mountains between Jämtland and Tröndelag you can sense a certain brotherhood that dates way back. One thing that affected both regions on the swedish and the norwegian side was the war campaign in 1718-1719, which lead to a disastrous retreat for the swedes in the middle of a blizzard.
Many old log houses in Härjedalen have particularly beautiful vestibules. You can spot architectural influences from different building styles of the fine world. Make a tour based on the “barfreds” of Härjedalen and you will get an insight in yesterday´s ideals and how a vestibule could be used to make a statement.
Skiing wide-open landscapes, ice skating on a frozen lake or a toboggan race. Hot tub in a winter wonderland or a quick cold water dip. Delve into the mountains, enjoying culture and gastronomic treasures. Winter holidays in Sweden is perfect for all wishing to increase their well-being, returning home well-rested and strengthened. Here’s the ultimate […]
Ever heard of Swedish fika? If you are lucky you might even have been introduced to this typical Swedish tradition. Directly translated from Swedish to English, fika simply means “to have coffee”. But ask any Swede, and they will tell you it is so much more than that – Swedish fika is a moment to […]
Experience traditional Swedish Christmas in the historical setting of Jamtli´s open air museum in Östersund. Homemade delicacies and genuine handicraft makes Jamtli Christmas Market the perfect place to find Christmas gifts both for yourself and for someone you like. Jamtli Christmas Market gives the feel of a traditional market place – and it’s not a […]
With a width of 60 meters across and a height of 38 metres Tännforsen is by far, Sweden’s largest waterfall. Tourists have come here for over 150 years and long before that pilgrims passed on their journey to Trondheim. The melting snows and ice in spring creates the most impressive falls and results in an […]
Something of the easiest to cook, yet among the most tasty meals is sliced reindeer meat with sour lingonberries. A Swedish Trangia stove or a pan over the open fire, sliced reindeer meat, sour lingonberries, cream, butter, chantarelles and spices are all you need to cook a delicious outdoor meal. Enjoy this lovely recipe!
The tourism industry is highly important to Jämtland Härjedalen – in fact it is the core industry. The first tourists who came here were hunters who visited some 8 000 years ago. They were followed by pilgrims, travelling salesmen called ’forbönder’, floral gents, air and spa guests, hunting lords and national romantics. Today we call the […]
One of the best examples of ancient culture in Sweden can be found at the immaculately preserved rock carvings at Glösa. These carvings date back 6000 years and provide a glimpse into what life was like for hunters and gatherers of the Stone Age. Life for the clans folk is depicted with the importance of […]
Nestled at the foot of the picturesque Åreskutan, lies the remains of a quaint, bustling mining village called Fröå Gruva. The once thriving, mining settlement and surrounds has been beautifully preserved and provides a glimpse into Swedish heritage and the glory days of times gone by. These days the mining operations stand still and the […]
If The Lord of the Rings were to be filmed in Sweden, it most probably would have been filmed at the Pyramids. A day trail running in this unspoiled landscape is as close to trail running nirvana as it gets. The landscape ignites the imagination of myths, legends and sagas, created by an enormous ice […]