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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
When you arrive at Njarka Sami Camp in Sweden, Sami life is not the first thing you think of, it’s the place. Njarka means promontory in Southern Sami. It is a tranquil place where reindeer wander freely. You step straight into sami culture, the wilderness and the mystique of old traditions. A visit to Njarka […]
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 […]