Easy access to Sweden’s Winter Wonderland and Åre Östersund Airport

Nov 19, 2019 by

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Located in the scenic region of Jämtland Härjedalen, Åre Östersund Airport is the gateway to a Swedish winter wonderland – a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies and the perfect place to be one with nature. With landscapes covered from top to toe with beautiful snow, the winter in northern Sweden is an amazing time of the year to visit. 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. And it’s never been easier to reach this area than from 8th of December with direct flights every Thursday and Sunday from London Gatwick with easyJet.


Ski like a swede

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, entertainment and the effortlessly cool Swedish lifestyle. However, Åre is not the only ski resort in the region, why not do a roundtrip and visit the vast selection of slopes in areas such as Vemdalen, Funäsfjällen and Lofsdalen. Beginner, black diamond enthusiast or perhaps curious to try Cross Country skiing? Whatever you level or preference, there’s something for everyone! Five Swedish winter experiences.



Explore the hidden gems

Jämtland Härjedalen proudly comprises many of the major ski resorts in Sweden and whether you’re looking for perfectly prepared slopes, mogul skiing or good off-piste options you can find it here. Side by side with the major Swedish ski resorts you can find some of the smaller gems. The perfect choice if you want to enjoy a skiing holiday with a slightly lower pulse at the end of the day. 


If skiing isn’t your cup of tea…

Although skiing is the most popular winter activity in the region there are plenty of other things to do including skating, snowmobile safaris, dog sledging, ice fishing, horse riding, ice climbing and much, much more. Explore Sápmi, the land of the Sami or experience a once in a lifetime adventure and spend the night in an igloo. Or why just not get out and explore the winter landscape? With proper clothing staying out feels good and will invigorate you. There should be a Swedish bucket list for all of us!


A city that brings outdoors and city life together

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. With a total of 89 km of linked Swedish Cross Country ski trails, within walking distance of the city centre, Östersund offers good opportunities both for the novice and the professional skier. Worried about the days being short? Large parts of the system are illuminated, with the longest floodlit distance of 20 km. So, wait for the sun to set and experience the feeling of skiing in the light of the lamps and with the stars glimmering above. And stay on your watch, away from the city lights it’s always a better chance of spotting the northern lights.


A place for foodies

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 the region provides. Speaking to the Östersund-born chef, Magnus Nilsson Restaurant Fäviken, he credits his isolated region for inspiring the creativity that lures visitors from all around the world to sample his legendary cooking. Less is more for most talented cooks that relies on Jämtland’s forests, lakes, and soil to supply almost everything they serve.