The home of composer Wilhelm Peterson-Berger is an architectural masterpiece. "PB" as he is known here, came from another part of northern Sweden but early decided that the view from Frösön was the most romantic he had seen and decided to have a house built here - something which could be realised thanks to a generous legacy from his mother when she died as she knew how much he loved Frösön. When the house was finished he still didn't take up permanent residency until the last 18 years of his life but stayed a terrifying musical critic in Stockholm first. There are several interesting features inside and all painted in traditional Jämtland colours and you are rewarded with the same view that made him such a romantic composer (similar to the one from Frösö Church). In his cellar is a small café with huge glasses of lemonade which you need if you have taken the scenic walk through the meadows from Frösö Church.
This belongs to one of the best museums in Sweden to me! The indoor exhibitions show Same and viking culture and life in Jämtland through centuries, and includes the world famous and age old Överhogdal viking tapestries and many other viking artefacts. It also has quite a good museum shop. You then come to the outside part which is wonderful with its old highland farms and fellside cattle huts. The best thing is that it is a living exhibition that makes you a part of it. Every house you enter is full of old artefacts according to its time and full of curtsying girls and other workforce greeting you with old phrases as you get in and a "God's speed" when you leave. My husband was even offered work at an 18th century farm but the matron was a bit disappointed that he didn't bring his own shearers! :-))) All of a sudden there is a brawl between two workers in "old Östersund" and then two lads appear on a vintage bike and greet you in a polite manner. You can also see a smithy, haymaking, first ever STF fell cabin, a 50s petrol station, highland bakery and a foresters house. Go for a horse and carriage tour or let your children play in the educational playground. When you're hungry, you just go for a SEK 90 buffet (including veggie) at one of the oldest restaurants in Östersund. A great day out for anyone.
Frösö Church stands on an old pagan sacrificial ground so this place has always been special througout history. Today it is a romantic countryside church and the views of Storsjön below you are hard to beat so this is an extremely popular church to get married in amongst Swedes. Outside it, you will also find composer Peterson-Berger's grave as he lived nearby. The photo on the intro page was taken nearby...
400 metres up a steep road off the main road is a tall viewing tower which can also be seen from the town centre. Once here, you pay ten crowns and take the lift up to great views (in good weather) all the way to Norway. You will soon recognise Åreskutan's silhouette too. For those of you with a car, there is an independent hostel here in summer too which looks very cosy with barbecue facilities and old Jämtland cottages. The whole area is a recreation area and you will find walking and skiing paths all around the mountain.
Storsjön (The Big lake) is one of Sweden's largest lakes in Sweden. The story goes that just like Loch Ness, there's some kind of monster swimming in the waters.
If it's true?? At least there are plenty of mosquitoes and watersports are popular on this lake.
We had some time to spare and decided that a leasurely cruise on the Storsjön would be nice. The ship used is s/s Thomée, one of the oldest steam ships in Sweden. The trip took two hours and the captain told us about various places where the great moster has been spotted but also about places we passed. It was all in Swedish but then it was only Swedes onboard as far as I could tell. It is a good way to appreciate the size of the lake (600 km round trip if you want to drive around it!) and see the Oviken fells in the distance. On board is a bar with light snacks and drinks, coffee and beer and it is in general a nice ship. Some cruises are longer and go around Frösön and some are just sightseeing cruises while the one we were on was a "monster cruise" with monster competitions for the children and so on...
Scandinavia's northernmost viking runestone is found on Frösön, not far from the bridge back to Östersund. Park your car by the modern brick church next to the supermarket and you will see it.