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Jämtland Härjedalen

A love of the outdoors and an abundance of nature means sustainability comes naturally to this Swedish mountain region.

Jämtland Härjedalen

About Jämtland Härjedalen

Forests, lakes, and mountains are co-creators of the culture of the Jämtland Härjedalen region. Tourism to this region is an age-old tradition, starting in the Stone Age, when hunters would visit from the West, from then, Jämtland Härjedalen would be visited by pilgrims, farmers on their way to markets, botanists with their dried plants in tow, and city folk looking for respite during the industrial revolution.

Today’s guests visit year-round for the joy of joining local culture in Östersund (the only city in a region as big as the Netherlands!), many cosy villages, and mountain resorts. Winter in this part of Sweden is an amazing time of the year, with low humidity the weather is milder and the snow reflects the sun. At night the skies are lit up by the Aurora Borealis, a truly breathtaking experience no matter how many times you witness it.

Travellers continue to visit the region thanks to the culture of an outdoor lifestyle, with artisanal food and produce, not forgetting the exceptional air quality and hospitality of the locals.

A sustainable holiday in Jämtland Härjedalen is about tuning in to the ever-present nature and culture with vast forests, rolling mountains and enigmatic lakes. It’s a paradise for hikers and bikers as well as ski lovers who like to indulge in sustainable gastronomy from artisan food suppliers after a busy day. Sustainability comes naturally to the people of this region with their love of the outdoors and the absence of industrial chimneys.

Jämtland Härjedalen is Adventure Sweden.

What makes Jämtland Härjedalen sustainable?

Responsibility is an essential core value in Jämtland Härjedalen

“All tourism-related activities in Jämtland Härjedalen are to be characterised by responsibility as a core value with the aim of contributing to sustainable development. That is a responsibility both on the part of visitors and suppliers. Our nature and culture are the foundations of the region’s tourism industry and must be handled accordingly, in balance with requirements for economic and social sustainability.

In Sweden today, very few are unaware of the fact that we all need to keep resource consumption and waste production to a minimum. To reuse, reduce, recycle and focus on energy efficiency. We are proud to say our snowmobile tours are now turning electric!

Cooperating with local stakeholders to create an attractive society is essential to us, hence the significance of tourism for regional development. Arranging events with local support and involving the local population in the development of products that benefit every level of society is one way of doing it. Developing all-year-round employment, skills development, coordinated recruitment and cooperation between companies and education providers is another. Tourism contributes to local economy, service, and infrastructure including trails, and it contributes to cultural exchange and understanding between guests and citizens. Without tourism, our region would look entirely different, and it would not be possible to live in the countryside to the same extent.

To promote a responsible and sustainable development of tourism, the strategic measures of the destinations, companies and regional developers need to focus on the visitor’s perspective. Being a superior host and delivering high-quality services exceeding expectations means focusing on hospitality training and increasing staff understanding of guest needs as well as keeping track of trends and future needs. Our staff also need to be good interpreters. Highlighting the value of reindeer herding and farming in the region, creating an understanding of why the region looks the way it does and how we make sure the regional identity remains dynamic, yet not lost beyond recognition.

Creating a firm financial foundation is the prerequisite for working sustainably. This in turn calls for continuous organisational development based on a long-term strategy.

Jämtland Härjedalen is rather remote and of course, we are aware of the effects of tourism-related transport. Therefore, we act towards developing environmentally friendly fuels like hydrogen gas and electric flights as well as welcoming more possibilities to travel by train and environmentally friendly cars. There is no other region in Sweden that has more electric car charging stations per person.”

– Teres Gärdin, CEO of Jämtland Härejdalen Tourism

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Jämtland Härjedalen

Quick Facts

When to Visit Sustainably

Winter in Sweden isn’t always dark and cold. In Jämtland Härjedalen, low humidity means the temperatures are not as harsh, and the snow on the ground reflects the sun’s light to keep surroundings bright. And then of course, we have the northern lights. Every time you stand under a greenish sky where colours dance at night, in warm clothes and a knitted beanie, you get swept away, feeling you have entered another dimension.
Mid-summer, around the 25th of June, is the brightest time of the year in Jämtland Härjedalen and the sun is up almost through the night – for a short time when it’s set, there is twilight. This enables you to go on for many hours – hiking, biking, fishing throughout the whole day

Suggested Season

High season in Jämtland Härjedalen is from late June to mid-August and for winter season it is always busy around Christmas andNew Year, as well as the three last weeks of Febuary (Swedish Schools have the so-called Sports Holidays with one week for each part of Sweden) and Easter.
The best choice for a relaxed visit in Summer is from August to mid-October, with the autumn foliage, the characteristic crisp autumn air, and no crowds.
The best choice for a visit in Winter is January, March, and April except for Easter week. Skiing is possible in the mountains even in May, but make sure you avoid the calving grounds of the reindeer.

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How to Get There: Fast / Slow

The average journey time by train between London and Stockholm Central is 24.5 hours, with around 7 trains per day. From Stockholm Central it is another 5.5 hours north by train to the city Östersund in the middle of the region Jämtland Härjedalen.
A faster option is by air to Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) and further to Åre Östersund Airport (OSD) or to Trondheim Vaernes airport in Norway (TRD) and by train or rental car from there. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is one of the companies offering Biofuel tickets and they work actively towards making flying more sustainable as do Swedish Swedavia, caring for Swedish airports, using up to 100% electrical vehicles for the service around planes.
Within Jämtland Härjedalen the easiest way to get around is by renting an electric car. No other region in Sweden has more electric car chargers per inhabitant!
There is also regional trains and regional buses.


Swedish Krona

Tipping Etiquette

Tipping in Sweden is welcome but not expected. When eating out in Sweden it is common to round up to the nearest big number. For example, if your bill comes to 280 SEK, you can round up to 300 SEK.

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Sustainable highlights in Jämtland Härjedalen

  • Hiking, Biking, and Skiing

    Hiking, biking and skiing are the primary reasons for most visitors to go to Jämtland Härjedalen. There are sustainable hiking trails within all destinations of the region. Trails where you walk on wooden planks so as not to disturb sensitive wetland areas. For example, Lofsdalen, Funäsfjällen, Östersund, and Åre have designated biking trails built to last even if there is rain.
    For the skiers, you’ll find more cross-country tracks than you’ll have time for during your visit, and alpine skiing is becoming more and more sustainable due to the use of electric vehicles and sustainable fuels while preparing the slopes and sustainable energy sources to run the ski lifts.

  • Western Jämtland

    A vast area with easy access to the high mountains above tree line thanks to some strategic public roads and the railway. There is also mile after mile with no roads at all. The people of Western Jämtland know how to make do with the resources they have, and they don’t care much for luxury. Tourism in the area started long ago with people wanting to explore the mountains, breathe fresh air and go skiing and hiking. Storlien is the largest village (70 inhabitants) with a long history of mountain tourism close to the Norwegian border. Even the Swedish king comes here to enjoy simple mountain life with skiing and hiking staying in his small mountain cabin. The Swedish Tourism Association has a mountain station in the area called Storulvån, which is an excellent starting point for adventures in the area. In the small village of Handöl, you will find a beautiful waterfall, a coffee shop with Swedish fika (a coffee and a small snack, usually shared with friends while you take a short break from the day in the afternoon) and a museum called Hanriis hus.

  • The Wilderness Road

    Sweden’s scenic ‘Vildmarksvägen’ or Wilderness Road, is a 500-kilometre circular route running from Strömsund in northern Jämtland via Gäddede to Vilhelmina in southern Lapland. The most iconic part of the drive crosses Stekenjokk Plateau, a protected Sámi heritage landscape where reindeer graze and rare bird species thrive. Stekenjokk has the country’s highest paved road, reaching 867 metres above sea level at its highest point. This section of the road is only open from 6 June to 15 October each year, owing to the vast amounts of snow that fall in winter. All visitors are guaranteed to see wildlife on this car route that resembles doing a mountain hike on four wheels as the road takes you to some wild landscapes. But do get out of the car to explore the many waterfalls like Hällingsåfallet, a 40-meter-high fall with an 800 meters canyon, go hiking and fishing, ride or join a guided tour with huskies, explore the Coral cave, the Bjurälven Nature Reserve, the Ankarede Sámi Church Village and the wildlife of the region.

    Norråker is one of the small villages in the area, situated by Lake Tåsjön and close to the majestic Midsummer Mountain (742 M. A. S. L.). In Norråker you can go ice fishing, mushing, riding, paddling, and boating and there is a well-stocked grocery store full of local delicacies.

    Base Camp Norråker and Norråkers Handel are not sustainable companies because they must, but because they love to be. The owners Ida and Johannes Collin live close to nature and want to preserve it. Therefore, they teach guests about nature in the north of Sweden, and they are naturally using eco-friendly products and care about local society. They want to leave the world a little better.

    Nordic Husky Farm is set remotely on the banks of the river Vattudalen. The owners, originally from the Czech Republic, have more than 30 years of experience mushing and working with Siberian Huskies.

  • Jamtli - The Regional Museum of Jämtland Härjedalen

    Sustainability is also about getting to know the local culture and a deeper understanding of the community you are visiting. The best introduction to the history of Jämtland Härjedalen is a visit to Jamtli, the open-air and living history museum of the region. The Jamtli is actually three museums in one, the indoor part with exhibitions allowing you to discover yourself what is in drawers and passageways, the outdoor part with a collection of historical buildings from the 1700s to the 1970s with actors in the summer meeting visitors as if it was the old days. The third museum is Jamtli National Art Museum showing collections from the Swedish National Art Museum.

    Guests are invited to join “a time travelling”, walking tour with a guide between the different farms at Jamtli from different centuries. Social differences are highlighted to make visitors reflect on what it was like to live then compared to now. A visit to Jamtli helps you to understand the local culture and nature. Studying the diversity of human experience helps us appreciate cultures, ideas, and traditions that are not our own – and recognise them as meaningful products of specific times and places.

  • Härjedalens fjällmuseum

    Spend some time at the ‘Härjedalens fjällmuseum’, or the Härjedalen Mountain Museum in Funäsdalen. This museum is about the people who endured the sometimes-hard mountain life together; the Sámi people, the mountain farmers, and the miners. They had to help each other to survive. The museum is full of stories and wonderful artful everyday objects from the area. The architecture of the museum built in 1999, is well thought through by local architect, Jörgen Grönvik, with sustainable building materials from close to nature. The museum is ahead when it comes to lifting the social and economic sustainability of the area. Exhibitions here don’t shy away from uncomfortable topics and stories. The purpose is to raise questions and lift what otherwise tends to be hidden away.


  • Glösa hällristningar

    ‘Glösa hällristningar’, the petroglyphs (rock carvings) of Glösa with the artful exhibits around them gives direct insight into the Stone Age life of Jämtland Härjedalen. See the actual rock carvings depicting around 40 moose, the recreated Stone Age hut, and the exhibition on how they transported themselves and their beliefs. There are recreated Stone Age outfits to try on and together with the guide you can take part in making a fish dish a la Stone Age in a pit together with hot rocks. Glösa is run non-profit by local people who enjoy spreading local history.

  • Myskoxcenter

    At the ‘Myskoxcenter’, or Musk Ox Centre, you can encounter muskoxen in their natural habitat together with experienced guides. When you visit the enclosure, you are not only embarking on an extraordinary nature experience, but also supporting the enclosure’s crucial work in research, breeding, and knowledge dissemination. The Muskox centre is in Tännäs, a part of Destination Funäsfjällen, a mountain area in the southwest of Jämtland Härjedalen.

  • Tännforsen – and many other mighty waterfalls

    The largest waterfall of Jämtland Härjedalen is Tännforsen, sending volumes of water creating a 60-metre wide rushing wall down the Indalsälven river towards the Baltic Sea. Ristafallet is another great fall as well as the Handölsforsen in Western Jämtland and Fettjeåfallet in Destination Vemdalen. There are more waterfalls than you will have time for during a visit to Jämtland Härjedalen. Ask the locals or your nearest Tourist Information about which ones are close to your destination.

  • Döda fallet – Geopark River Indalsälven

    Döda fallet means the dead waterfall and it occurred because of the work of one man trying to establish safe passage for floating timber. He dug a chute so the timber would be able to pass and not get stuck in the rocky waterfall. Unfortunately, he emptied the whole lake above the fall as the water ran down the chute instead of taking the way down the fall.
    Today there are wooden walkways around the bottom of the fall to let you see potholes created by the water and other formations. There is also a visitor centre, a restaurant, and a 360°-turning platform used for outdoor performances with the Döda fallet as a backdrop. The National Geopark Indalsälven was officially opened in 2023 and consists of a long list of geological sights in the area. The geopark aims to create sustainable growth by coordinating these sights, supporting research and education, and spreading knowledge about geology to the public.

  • The Wikner family of Carpenters in Persåsen

    Visit the Wikner Family in the village of Persåsen, where sustainability, art, handicraft, and recreation are paramount, and follow the rhythm of the seasons in nature’s eternal cycle.

    The wood shop and the entire visitor’s centre have acquired character and atmosphere from the surrounding area, the beautiful landscape around Lake Storsjön – Storsjöbygden.

    Stay in their special wood hotel rooms – one with only birch-wood furniture, one with aspen, one with fir etc, enjoy the exhibitions and take part in a workshop creating your own cutting board.

  • Sustainable Dining in Jämtland Härjedalen

    Brasserie Kerstin in Funäsfjällen
    At Kerstin, there is pride in being able to offer the best possible food from local producers with a nose-to-tail philosophy. You will see everything from cloudberries and lingonberries to beef, char, reindeer, or moose on the evening menu. Everything is cooked with love and with global inspiration. At Brasserie Kerstin you can also enjoy a hearty sandwich and homemade soup or Swedish fika including waffles.

    Republiken Restaurant in Östersund
    A stone’s throw from the big square in Östersund, Republiken restaurant focuses on seasonal local or regional, ingredients and high-quality products from the rest of Sweden. Fish and shellfish are caught from the nearby lakes or seas outside Norway. They pick most of their herbs, mushrooms and berries themselves and whatever needs to be imported they select carefully. The restaurant takes extra care of gluten and lactose sensitivities and is especially proud of its desserts and locally produced beverages.

    Kretsloppshuset Restaurant and shop outside Åre
    The idea for Kretsloppshuset (the house of the natural cycle) was born 25 years ago with the intention of inspiring guests to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle, focusing solely on the simple changes in our day-to-day lives.
    Everything served in the restaurant and cafe is prepared from scratch using only the finest organic produce with a particular focus on local suppliers and growers. As the whole restaurant area is in the glasshouse part of Kretsloppshuset, its evergreen and beautiful interior makes for an atmosphere that is a delight for all senses.

    Restaurant Imilla in Åre
    At Imilla (meaning ‘in-between’ in the local dialect) there is a special focus on local vegetables, butter, meat, and fish. The chefs cook what they like to eat themselves, honest food with no fuss and if possible, from local producers. In the evenings all booked guests are served their popular tasting menu with six different dishes. Because they work with a set menu for booked guests only, they have zero waste.

    Storhogna Högfällshotel (Mountain Hotel) Restaurant in Vemdalen
    Storhogna Högfjällshotell & Spa is a hotel in the mountains with XC-skiing and alpine skiing as well as hiking on the doorstep. Book your locally produced meals, spa and mountain adventures that take pampering to a whole new level. Dining in the Winter Garden is like stepping into another universe as the wind rages outside.

    Lofsdalens fjällhotel (Mountain Hotel) and restaurant in Lofsdalen
    In Lofsdalens Mountain Hotel there are a lot of vegetarian dishes and Alp-inspired Swedish foods. High quality without being pretentious, so to speak. Lots of heart, high ambition and of course cooked from scratch with ingredients from local and selected producers.

Jämtland Härjedalen

Where in the World?

Two people skating on frozen Lake Storsjön, in the city of Östersund, Jämtland Härjedalen, Sweden

7 Day Jämtland Härjedalen Itinerary

  • Day 1: Moose Encounters and Woodcraft

    The route begins in Östersund and heads off over Frösön and the Vallsundsbron bridge to the Moose Garden in Orrviken. Make a stop and join the guide to say hello to the kings and queens of the forest, the moose. Cross the Sannsundsbron Bridge with a glance at the Oviken mountains in the south and the Åreskutan in the far west.

    Make a stop at Wikners in Persåsen, passionate woodworkers famed for their skills at woodcraft and exhibitions on the richness of the region’s inventiveness. Wikners exhibits include art exhibitions and a shop filled with furniture as well as smaller works of art. It may be time for lunch or dinner so make sure you stop by their restaurant and if you feel like staying over, there are cabins decorated in Persåsen style furniture as well as hotel rooms.

  • Day 2: Mountain Farms and the taste of Sapmi

    Continue towards Fäbodvägen (The Summer Farm Road), with over 40 different shielings (summer farms) between the cosy settlements around Lake Storsjön and the Oviksfjällen fjells. Today these shielings are turned into private summer homes.

    Take the turn towards Arådalen nature reserve, see the shieling up front and make a short hike in the Oviksfjällen fjells, or enjoy an internationally acclaimed meal in the Sami-themed Hävvi i Glen restaurant. Stay the night at Arådalen STF Hostel or by the Häävi i Glen restaurant.

  • Day 3 and 4: Glacier Hike

    Continue towards the mountain village Ljungdalen and go for shorter hikes to nearby waterfalls, visit the handicraft shop and open-air museum and stay the night in Ljungdalen. Or go to stretch your legs on a two-day hike to Helags Mountain a 12 km single route. On the top of Mount Helags, there is a glacier, Sweden’s southernmost, 1796 metres above sea level. By Helags Mountain you will find Helags STF Mountain Station with a restaurant and a bed for the night. Make sure to book in advance, since this hike is popular.

  • Day 5: Rock paintings from the Stone Age

    Turn south from Ljungdalen towards the Flatruetvägen road, 975 metres above sea level. It is the highest road in Sweden and traverses across the open mountain terrain towards the Sámi village Mittådalen. Pay to drive the private road to Ruvallen and hike the 9 km route to Ruändan to see the Stone Age rock paintings of bears, moose and humans.

    Head onwards to the Mountain village Funäsdalen with shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels. Make sure you visit the culturally rich Fjällmuseet museum to see the hardships and joys for Sámi, workers and mountain farmers. You can take the gondola up the summit to Lopme Laante Sami museum and the Funäsdalsberget mountain top with its magnificent panoramic views.

  • Day 6: Bikes & Bears

    Take a drive out towards Tännäs and visit the prehistoric muskox in the Myskoxcenter. Join a guided tour to hear more about these fantastic creatures. Journey on to Lofsdalen, for a chance to let your pent-up inhibition free in the Lofsdalen Bike Park with easy runs as well as harder ones. Book a night of bear-spotting in Lofsdalen’s Bear´s Den and try to get some rest in between the sights of wild animals.

  • Day 7: Sonfjället National Park

    Continue to Linsell and veer towards Hede on road 84. An absolute must is the Sonfjället National Park and a tour around the Nyvallens shieling. Carry on the drive and turn off towards Vemdalen Mountain Village, where chasing waterfalls is the name of the game. Rejuvenate the soul at the spa in Storhogna before exploring Sweden’s most beautiful village, Klövsjö, stopping for baked goods at the Klövsjö Stenugnsbageri.

    From Klövsjö, continue and once you reach Åsarna, turn north on the Inlandsvägen, which is the E45, back towards Östersund. Feel free to stop at Åsarna Skicenter and discover why this is called the Gold Village when talking about XC skiing.

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