Whether you’re planning a skiing holiday or looking for a cosy winter destination with good food and outdoor adventure, this is the place to go. Surrounded by mountains and filled with shops, cafés and restaurants, Östersund, on the shores of Lake Storsjön, brings the outdoors and city life together in one destination. Östersund is also known as “the Winter City”, because it caters for just about any activity on snow or ice.
Located only an hour from Åre Östersund airport is the cosy and trendy ski resort Åre, the alpine heart of Scandinavia, offering the best downhill skiing available in northern Europe. This is a skiing holiday with a difference where you can experience a unique mountain village atmosphere, the ultimate combination of skiing and entertainment and the effortlessly cool Swedish lifestyle. Although skiing is the most popular winter activity in the region it’s plenty of other activities including cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowmobile safaris, dog sledding, ice fishing, horse riding, ice climbing and paragliding.
The skiing is top class though, in fact so good that Åre will host the Alpine World Ski Championships for the third time in 2019. The more adventurous get their fill of adventure with summit trips and challenging off-piste, just a stone’s throw from the slopes. Also, don’t be surprised if you run into one or two reindeer on your ski down. If you visit Åre during winter’s dark months you can enjoy night skiing with world-class flood-lighting, and with a little luck, the magical northern lights will brighten the dark sky.
Åre village is a big city in miniature form, where the hip and laid-back culture attracts young start-ups, new chefs and some of the world’s best skiers. Åre is also home to legendary après-ski nightlife and many well-known restaurants as well as craft breweries, farm shops and bakeries - so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experience the Swedish tradition of ‘fika’, taking a break to have coffee and cake. And maybe you’ve heard of Fäviken - one of the world’s best restaurants in the middle of the Swedish wilderness, but still just half an hour from Åre Östersund.
The area around Östersund has numerous skiing resorts for all levels. Another popular ski resort among the Swedes is Vemdalen. Situated an hour and a half south of Östersund, Vemdalen offers some of the most varied skiing in Sweden. Coupled with wide slopes and their friendly environment Vemdalen is the ideal ski resort for beginners and families. Other examples for a perfect Swedish winter wonderland holiday are Lofsdalen and Funäsfjällen situated two and a half hour from the airport.
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