Virtual Tour of Östersund – The Heartly Mountain City

The closeness between the city and the mountains is just one of the ingredients that makes 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 travel destination for active nature and outdoor enthusiasts and offers endless opportunities to explore the landscape: hiking, canoeing, running, biking or skiing.

Östersund is not far away from the bustling city Trondheim in Norway, making it really easy to get the best of two worlds in one trip. Fly into Östersund Åre Airport and continue by rented car to Trondheim, or travel to Trondheim Vaernes Airport and further by train or rented car to Östersund for a week of adventure.

In winter all of Jämtland Härjedalen turns into a virtual Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland – Jämtland Härjedalen

In winter the whole region of Jämtland Härjedalen turns into a Winter Wonderland with skiing both “horisontally and vertically”, skating on frozen lakes, snowmobile touring, dog sledding and those cosy moments by a fire with something warm to drink and a tasty bite.

Östersund city is the perfect base camp for adventures near and far, just 1,5 hours away from northern Europe´s largest Ski Resort Åre. For familiar skiing there are plenty of smaller ski resorts also within reach from the regional capital Östersund. You can actually see the mountains from the city center.

Östersund, Sweden and Trondheim, Norway make up a terrific journey of both mountains, lakes and ocean, across the border.

Experience Local Culture at the Living History Museum Jamtli

Jamtli is one of the most popular attractions in Jämtland Härjedalen, and it has collections from the entire region both indoors and outdoors. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to get actively involved in different ways and are allowed to open chests and drawers to discover more of the regional history.

In summertime, visitors can meet actors in the farmsteads around the Jamtli museum building. These actors portray daily life from the past until the present and will address the visitors as they would have at that time they are portraying.

Jamtli - Living History Museum in Östersund, Sweden.

Best Christmas Market Experience in Northern Europe – Jamtli

The atmosphere and the buzz of one of Europe’s cosiest Christmas markets is spell-binding – a feeling of an old-fashioned marketplace where people meet and make merry! More than 200 vendors of locally produced food and crafts tempt visitors to Jamtli’s farmsteads, some of which date back to the early 1700:s.

Read more on the fantastic Christmas Market at Jamtli and why you need to book a visit.

Jamtli Christmas Market is like a journey in time - all sences incorporated into a fantastic symphony.

Treasures of Art – National Museum Jamtli

In the same area as Jamtli and connected to the museum building, you´ll find Nationalmuseum Jamtli which is an arena for experiencing art, with paintings, sculptures and design from the collections of Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. All exhibitions are shown for about one year at the time.

Fine arts are exhibited at Nationalmuseum Jamtli in Östersund, Sweden.

Shopping Spree in the Cosy City Center of Östersund by the Storsjön lake

To explore Östersunds activities you shouldn´t miss to take a shopping tour in the cosy city center. The compact city center makes it easy to stroll along the pedestrian street and alleys that are lined with small boutiques. The shops are all right next to each other and the alleys and other shopping streets neatly intertwine. In addition to the smaller boutiques that sell everything from local craft products, local artisan foods, glassware and other art from the region, there are also larger department store chains selling sports goods, groceries and clothes. Whether you come to experience the pulse of the city, the peacefulness of nature, the food or the events, you are sure to discover that Östersund city has loads to offer.

The City of Östersund even won the Swedish 2019 City Centre of the Year Award.

Shopping in the Mountain City of Östersund, Sweden.

A Meal With a View – The Arctura Restaurant

To enjoy gastronomic highlights based on the regional food culture, you should try one of the restaurants in Östersund that provide dishes with a local touch.

The highest altitude restaurant in Östersund at 65 metres up is Arctura, with a magical panoramic view of Östersund, the Storsjön lake, the Åre mountain peak and the Oviksfjällen mountains. Arctura takes pride in serving as much as they can based on local produce.

Enjoy the view from the Arctura Restaurant in Östersund, Sweden.

Local Bar with an International Touch – Magazinet

In one of the citys backyards you´ll find Magazinet, a cocktail and wine bar with a New York inspired courtyard. You will find all kinds of classic cocktails at Magazinet, made with a local twist.

Really good wines and cocktails in an inspring setting - Magazinet Bar in Östersund, Sweden.

Artisan Foods in New Ways – Republiken Bar & Kök

The restaurant Republiken is a pearl amongst Östersund’s restaurant and night life, just a stone’s throw away from the main square. Food, cocktails, a lounge and an outdoor terrace in a handsome setting.

Republiken Bar & Kök even serves artisan foods in smaller dishes so that you can explore more tastes in one meal. They offer a wide range of local beverages.

Artisan Foods in the form of Tapas or a single full meal - up to you!

Art Noveau Theatre style Hotel – Best Western Gamla Teatern

The accommodation in the city various from the fine old Best Western Hotel Gamla Teatern from 1884 that is located in the heart of Östersund, and was formerly just that, a theatre. It has 64 rooms that are tastefully designed in the Art Nouveau style. There are conference rooms for small and large meetings of up to 450 people. The hotel Gamla Teatern even has a Turkish Hamam & Spa and rooms for body treatments.

Best Western Hotel Gamla Teatern is an Art Noveau style Hotel in Östersund, Sweden.

Roof Top Spa – Hotel Östersund

Hotel Östersund is a spa hotel right in the center of the city. The Hotel has 127 rooms as well as a pool, spa and roof terrace. In the same building you’ll also find O’Learys sports bar.

City Center Hotel with a Roof Top Spa - That is Hotel Östersund.

Relaxation and Outdoor Activities – Frösö Park Hotel

Frösö Park Hotel is located on the beautiful, scenic Island of Frösön, 7km from the Östersund city center. There are 330 hotel beds, divided into 139 rooms and ten suites. It is a sports hotel where outdoor recreation, health and the gym meet privacy, a spa and well-prepared food.

The hotel is set with a beautiful view of the Oviken Mountains and there are plenty of paths for a stroll, run or hike. The locals love walking around the peninsula of Bynäset by the hotel if you want to join in.

Togetherness, relaxation and activities on the doorstep at Frösö Park Hotel in Östersund, Sweden.
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