Nordic Cuisine

It’s hard to go hungry in Jämtland Härjedalen. This is a perfect place for experiencing Nordic cuisine – a region that perfects the combination between high quality restaurants, world-class cheeses and dairies, micro-bakeries, chocolatiers, brewers, roasters and farm stalls, awaiting your visit to serve only the best that Jämtland Härjedalen provides.

Culinary Innovation & Nordic Flavours

As if the landscape wasn’t enough: the ancient mountains, towering over the Scandinavian tundra with its hundreds of lakes and crystal clear air. Jämtland and Härjedalen’s beautiful scenery might be something from a fairy tale, but it is still just one dimension of what our region’s guests and residents can experience. Another comprises the flavours, aromas and textures of the culinary artisanship that combines traditional knowledge and inspired innovation to make our region a global centre for gastronomy.

The soils and the landscape are among the most pristine on the planet, the changing seasons and the wilderness outside the door make every day an adventure. Jämtland Härjedalen is proud to me part of Sápmi, the land of the Sami; this is a place where you can savour Sami cuisine and the Sami people’s relationship with nature and their traditions and knowledge.

Almost every village in our region is home o skilled culinary artisans and small-scale farmers who, with a light touch, create the most amazing products and ingredients. Some products are incredibly innovative and inventive, while others are made using ancient methods and recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation.

There are restaurants that food enthusiasts flock to, eager to taste the most extreme form of Nordic cuisine, where the ingredients are gathered under the eaves and the meny is based upon year-round self-sufficiency. Here you’ll find a gastronomic spirit, food, drink, and culinary experiences that have given the region an international reputation as an exciting and creative gastronomic region.

Masters of Gastronomy

Over the years, the region of Jämtland Härjedalen has won a considerable number of medals in the Swedish culinary cuisine championships. Östersund and the surrounding region is one of UNESCO’s Cities of Gastronomy and in September 2016, Östersund and Jämtland Härjedalen hosted the Unesco Creative Cities Network annual conference. Members from 80 different Creative Cities around the globe took part in the conference, which was held in conjunction with the international conference in sustainable development, at Mid Sweden University, in Östersund.

Food Destinations

Östersund and the Storsjöbygden area offers a wide variety of outings for those who enjoy delicious local cuisine. In Åre, restaurants that are run by celebrity chefs’ work side by side with local culinary artisans in appetising partnerships. Products range from sausages to chocolates and truffles. Destination Vemdalen boasts a large number of master chefs and culinary artisans. Bräcke is home to an award winning brewery, various cheese makers and even a wine producer.

Coffee & ‘duppa’

(Duppa is the act of dunking biscuits in a warm drink and originates from the habit of dipping a biscuit in coffee).

There are without doubt many great cafés in Jämtland Härjedalen to enjoy a Swedish ‘fika’. In the winter it’s about skiing in and out the waffle cafés, and in summer, travelling by car or bicycle to the cafés or homestead museums of your choice.

Outdoor Cooking

For outdoor adventures in Jämtland Härjedalen, make sure to take food along and prepare it on the locally invented Trangia stove. The resulting meal tastes heavenly in a cabin and even better when cooked outdoors when hiking.

Stay in Comfort & Dine in Style

With the innumerable opportunities for outdoor recreation in Jämtland Härjedalen, nothing beats coming indoors to a well-laid welcoming table at the end of a long day exploring.

Many of our reputable resorts serve locally sourced fare, prepared in fabulous ways. “Hiking and white sheets” is a concept for those aiming for outdoor recreation with a touch of luxury.

Restaurangliv i Östersund | Foto: Sandra Lee Pettersson
Östersund and the surrounding region is one of UNESCO’s Cities of Gastronomy | Photo: Sandra Lee Pettersson

Notable Gastronomic Experiences


Mörsil’s oasis, the natural cycle house, is a concept of a restaurant with adjoining garden, hen-house, greenhouse and curio shop, instilled with ecological thinking. The lunches are renowned, as are the homemade preserves, fruit drinks, marmalades, pickles and much more.

Skärvångens Bymejeri (dairy)

Skärvången is a small village near the mountains in the north-western part of Krokom County. Since 1999, Skärvångens Bymejeri has been manufacturing cheese from cow and goats milk.

Buustamons Fjällgård

The authentic and charming old inn is situated at 725 metres height, in the middle of the alpine ski area merely 4.5 kilometres from central Åre. The local produce inspires the menu and cuisine. In the winter, the area is accessed on skis, snowmobiles or snowcat.

Oviken Ost

The list of products from Oviken Ost includes cheese and dairy products stemming from goat’ and cow’ milk. The name of the farm is Åkern and has been owned by the Åkermo family ever since the 1350s.


Jazzköket. Foodstock at Jazzköket – A culinary marketplace where patrons encounter the rock stars of food: the farmers, chefs, bakers, and other food artisans.

Storhogna, Vemdalen

An authentic spa hotel in the mountains. Book your meals, spa and mountain adventures that takes pampering to a whole new level.

Häävi i Glen

The Sami restaurant, located in the mountains, where the cuisine is prepared from scratch using local products, such as reindeer, moose, brown trout, Arctic char, berries, herbs and chanterelles . Hävvi is a member of “Slow Food Sapmi” and listed in the White Guide. Hävvi means ‘obvious’ in southern Sami and with the mountains that serves as the larder, it’s an obvious option to run a restaurant in this unique setting.

Wikners i Persåsen

The Wikners family hotel is an experience stimulate all your senses. The rooms are decorated in classic Swedish wood design and adjoining the hotel is the “Wikners Konsthantverksbutik” shop and restaurant.

Fäviken Magasinet, Åre

Passion in their cooking, seasonal ingredients sourced from the local surrounds and one of the world’s most coveted chefs. Magnus Nilsson runs and operates his restaurant in Fäviken, on the northern slopes of Mount Åreskutan, offering an exceptional gastronomic experience for groups up to 12. Listed in the White Guide…

Åre Kafferosteri

The Coffee roaster invites visitors to a two-hour tasting session. Sample their various award-winning coffees and at the same time relax as the hosts retell the history and stories about coffee, roasting and the roots of specialty coffees. The experience concludes with guests treated to an espresso and chocolate truffles.

Glada Lådan

Glada Lådan sell top quality, seasonal and local food items. Visit the web shop to order and arrange for collection in the shop in Östersund or even for home delivery.