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Östersund Things to Do

  • Lake Storsjön

    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.

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  • Frösö Viewing Tower

    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...

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  • Monster hunting

    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...

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  • Sommarhagen

    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...

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  • Jamtli Open Air Museum

    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...

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  • Most northern runestone

    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.

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Östersund Restaurants

  • Excellent food

    Its a lively restaurant with pleasant service staff. The food is excellent. You can have local meet and fish food, pizza, etc. It has a bar inside the restaurant as well. I go there a few times when I ski at Åre. Swedish fish food, meat and pizzas.

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  • Don't miss good Indian food in Ostersund

    Excellent Indian Restaurant in Ostersund. The owner and staff are very friendly and cooperative. I stayed in Ostersund and visited this restaurant every single day. Fantastic food and hospitality make a great combination..... Dal Makhani - Tastes as if cooked at home

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Östersund Nightlife

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    by Sjalen Updated Aug 2, 2003

    We never tried it as parenthood can make you exhausted after a days sightseeing and in a heatwave but this place looked nice and is generally mentioned as a good place to go in town when you want to meet people, drink and sometimes listen to a live band. They call it "Aussie pub" and that has always been popular with the Swedes so no wonder they seem to have created something popular. Husband complained that Cook was a Yorkshireman like himself and not Australian :-))) Looks like they have a good selection of draught beer and whiskies.

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Östersund Transportation

  • Inlandsbanan

    One of the more scenic rides in Sweden is the Innlandsbanan. The ride groes from northern situated Gällivare to Mora. Östersund is one of the bigger stops on the route and is the main connection point as trains between Trondheim and Sundsvall call at Östersund as well.The inlandsbanan doesn't follow the coastline of Sweden but goes inland. The...

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  • Easy to get to

    Trains from Stockholm are frequent and also run as night trains. There is a "mid Sweden" line from Sundsvall and Nabotåget trains from Trondheim, Norway. Apart from that, the famous Inlandsbanan trains stop here in summer. If you come by car, E14 is your road and Östersund also has an airport for flights to and from for instance Stockholm.

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Östersund Shopping

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    by Sjalen Written Jul 31, 2003

    This place has all those flags your backpack has been waiting for! International, national, sami flags, pins, pirate flags! There is also a selection of Jämtland t-shirts and other souvenirs.

    What to buy: A Jämtland flag is appropriate in this self proclaimed republic.

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Östersund Local Customs

  • Storsjö Lake Monster

    Storsjön is famous for being Sweden's Loch Ness and some even claim there is a secret passage to the Scottish lake. Whilst I don't doubt for one second that people have seen huge unidentified water creatures here, I think it might be because of the unique geology - some huge fish is known to thrive here for instance. Whatever the real truth, there...

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  • Republic of Jämtland

    Being the capital, this is the place where you see more Jämtland flags than anywhere else as yes, this is a self proclaimed republic. Jämtland was Norwegian, then Swedish and all the time mostly independent in the "uncontrollable" highlands so there is a strong regional sense here and you will see the white, green and blue striped flag on many a...

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  • Storsjöyran Festival

    Every late July, beer tents are created in the small harbour and stages built everywhere as the music and culture festival goes on for a week. The current Jämtland president (this is a very independent province) holds a speech and there is music and film galore. Less known Swedish bands along with world famous ones.

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Östersund Tourist Traps

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    by Sjalen Updated Aug 2, 2003

    This is supposedly Jämtland's biggest tourist attraction for some bizarre reason. It's perfectly OK but how it can be the biggest here amongst the fells beats me completely. As a zoo, it is average with a small savannah, lions, tigers, monkeys and some others and it also has a free small circus as well as as a childrens fairground run by a crew of more or less enthusiastic Poles. If your children wants happiness and you want to study Swedish and Norwegian families in action, try it. Personally, I would go somewhere else but my daughter of course loved the place which is why we went in the first place. Sweden has better zoos than this...

    Unique Suggestions: Let your child go on all the rides she wants - especially the bouncy castle for some real entertainment for you :-))). DO see the tiny, tiny monkeys in the tropicarium. Talk to the arctic wolf who is very playful.

    Fun Alternatives: Get up Frösö Viewing tower and admire the views across to Norway on a clear day. If you have small children, take them to one of the two good swimming pools in town or play crazy golf in the park by the lake.

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Östersund Off The Beaten Path

  • West of Östersund

    Just west of Östersund the high mountains of Sweden show-up. If you take the train between Östersund and Trondheim (2x daily, 4hrs) you will have a nice scenic ride.

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  • Moose Garden

    Yes, you read it correctly. Orphaned elks have found a second home on this farm in Orrviken, south west of Östersund. Difficult to reach by public transport but if you have a car I would say go for it. You are taken on a tour (twice a day) and told of elks and can also say hello to the "king of the forest" close up.

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Östersund Favorites

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 2, 2003

    Favorite thing: At only SEK 120 they are great value for money. We got free entrance to Jamtli (normally SEK 90) and had then already soon paid for our card. Then there was free parking and 2 days free local transport, half price on the boat trip, free entrance to the Frösö tower (SEK 10) and to Sommarhagen and much more that we DIDN'T do.

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