Seasons & Timing your Visit

When is the best time of year to visit? In summer or in winter? Autumn or spring? Perhaps it is during the late winter-early spring. The extra special time of year in Jämtland Härjedalen, described, as something of a ‘best-of-both-winter-and-summer-all-at-once’ feeling.

One Year – Five Seasons

In Jämtland Härjedalen we have distinct seasons with something extra added to each one of them. Commonly we count to five differens seasons, while the indigenous Sami people counts to as many as eight – logic, as the weather and nature shifts a lot more than four or five times a year.


Jämtland Härjedalen has an enormous amount of ski resorts; notably Åre, Funäsfjällen, Vemdalen, Lofsdalen and Bydalsfjällen. Nothing beats dressing up warmly, donning windproof outer shells and spending a day outdoors, only to return to the warmth in the evenings for a hot shower and a hearty meal.

The ski resorts are busy during Christmas – New Year´s and also in Febuary due to the Swedish school´s Sports holidays. The areas of Sweden have different weeks from week 7-10 and the ever most busy week in Jämtland Härjedalen is week number 9 when the Stockholm region have their sports holiday. Easter week also tends to be busy, so by coming here in January, March or April except Easter you will find the resorts less busy.


The most active of folk can now find time for three activities during the day, including one in the evening. Grab the chance to go ski touring in shorts and surf down the slopes on the sugar shaped snow crystals. Dig in and shape a sofa in the snow and sunbathe while enjoying an orange or a ‘ Swedish fika’.

When Winter-spring starts depends on the weather but it´s usually from late March to May. Yes, you can ski in some higher areas well into May, but you need to keep track of where the reindeers have their calving grounds – locals and your nearest tourist information will know.


The daylight  grows longer as does the chance of doing one outdoor activity in the morning and following it up with another in the afternoon. The air just smells differently than it did in winter, and the human body feels sort of jittery.

Spring is rather short in Jämtland Härjedalen since winter-spring in some areas continues into May. In these areas spring is just a few weeks and summer will start after Midsummer (around the 20th of June).

Vårvandring till fjälls Anette Andersson
Spring hike with snow patches in the mountains. Photo: Anette Andersson


All attractions are open between Midsummer and the beginning of August. Every village has its own café, at least one market and the events often compete for the largest number of spectators.


The Mountains explode in a palette of colours and treasures in the form of berries and mushrooms are ripe for gathering and picking. Hiking, fishing or finding an art gallery, an event or a museum seem like worthy pastimes this time of the year.

Be ready for the first snow sometimes in late October or November. In some mountain areas you may have a night of snow even in September. Check the weather forecast when going out for a hike.

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