Östersund is the seat of Jämtland County in Norrland in Sweden. It was founded in 1786, as the only Swedish city founded during the 18th century.
Östersund (and Jämtland in general) have a long history with the Norwegian neighbours which is reflected in both tourism and trade. However most of the people living in Östersund are Swedish and of Jemtlandic descent. During both summer and wintertime there can be a lot of tourists in the city, especially during the annually "Storsjöcupen" (a football cup for youths) and the music festival "Storsjöyran". Östersund is residing next to Swedens 5th largest lake named "Storsjön", and a lot of establishments and events are thereby influenced by that name. The lake is excellent for swimming and bathing in the summer and iceskating or dogsled in the winter - and of course fishing.
The city centre is filled with everything you would expect from a city, like bars and pubs, restaurants, shopping malls and stores. In the outskirts of the city you'll find the usual residential areas and industries. Östersund is also home to a lot of sights and museums, ranging from arts to cultural sites and activities. The weather in Östersund is very varying, from cold and dark winter nights with auroras and stars to sunny summer days where you'll spot most of the people bathing in the sun. However there are one more or less constant element which is the wind. Because of the location of the city (next to a big lake) it can be quite windy and the temperature feels a lot colder, especially during the winter months.
It is always interesting to learn about the sea monster "Storsjöodjuret" that is said to be lurking in the lake.
phone: +46 63- 701 17 00address: Rådhusgatan 44
Åre Östersund AirportThere are three airlines operating at the airport all around the year. Most of the flights are domestic, however there are also some direct flights to major destinations like Mallorca, Rhodos, Antalya and more. If you need to travel by air to other cities in Sweden apart from Stockholm or Umeå you'll need to change to another connecting flight at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.
Umeå - Östersund
Transportation to and from the airport is very easy, with several bus lines and taxis providing shuttle services to the city centre.
SJ has regular service between Östersund and many cities in Sweden, including daily night train service from Stockholm. If you are traveling from locations around or in Trondheim (Norway) you can ride with "Nabotåget", a beautiful journey and an perfect opportunity to see great mountains and vast nature landscapes.
If you book far in advance, tickets can be had for as low as 195 SEK, with prices rising as you get closer to departure you ge. Buying less than a week before departure might be prohibitively expensive. If you wish to see the country it's a good option indeed. Expect times to and from Stockholm to run anywhere from 5 hours on the SJ 3000 (their high speed train) to 6½ hours on a slightly slower train. Swedish rail traffic has often seen severe disruptions in winter service due to snow, with trains being delayed for several hours and cancelled.
Another nice way to go to Östersund is by the Inlandsbanan. It's a slow diesel train that starts in Mora and ends in Gällivare. They make a stop in Östersund, so you can get on and off the train. The train is rather touristic, but it's a very special way to get to Östersund.
The main station is located at the southern of the city centre. Some regional trains also calls at the much smaller .
By carThe route E14 connects Östersund to several cities in Norway and Sweden. You can reach E14 south and north from Sweden, and from the area around Trondheim (Norway). From Östersund you are also able to travel to most (if not all) major destinations and villages in Jämtland.
By busThere are several buses that connects Östersund with the rest of the country. If you happen to be in the north of Sweden, you can use the buses operated by Länstrafiken i Västerbotten. From Stockholm and more southern parts there are several companies providing direct way travels, for example Swebus.
phone: +46 950 239 00address: Storgatan 36, 921 23 LYCKSELEBuses from northern parts of Sweden to Östersund
phone: +46 771 218 218Buses from Stockholm and other major cities to Östersund.
By boatThere are no boats connecting the city to other remote places in the country. However there are some boat traffic for traveling in Jämtland on the lake of Storsjön.
By footDuring summertime the city is easy to get around in by foot, at least the city center and its surroundings. By winter the city is still very walkable, however due to heavy snow and the fact that Östersund is built upon a height (thereby tilting) it can be quite slippery. A good way to avoid any accidents are by equipping your boots with stud/nails during the winter months.
By bicycleIf you have a bicycle it's even better, and a great opportunity to explore the countryside outside the city. Most of Östersund have separate roads for bicycles, so watch out for them and keep in mind to use them while traveling by bike. Bikes can be rented on numerous locations or if you're staying for a longer time bought on flea markets.
By taxiTaxi is quite expensive in Östersund like the rest of Sweden. However there are many companies providing taxi service in and around the city. To save some money you might want to share the cab with some friends. Expect to prebook your taxi as you will find it hard to wave a cab in from the street. Avoid going with unregistered "taxi drivers" asking you if you want a ride somewhere (which is common outside nightclubs and pubs after closing), instead use reputable companies like Taxi Östersund or Taxikurir.
Frösö Runestoneaddress: FrösönFrösö Runestone is the most northern runestone in the world and the only one remaining in the entire region. The runestone is unique in several ways and over 1000 years old. The runestone mentions the Christianization of Jämtland and is an important part of Frösön's heritage.
phone: +46 63-15 01 00address: Box 709, 831 28 ÖstersundJamtli is an interactive museum about the history of Jämtland. Take the guided tour if you have a chance, the guide is very knowledgeable, and can speak both Swedish and English. The museum suits people of every age; so children can have a great time there. During summer and high season there are over 120 live actors performing and staging 19th-century Östersund, very fun and learning to watch. You can also find restaurants, cafeterias, animals to visit and a lot of activities at Jamtli. The museum is divided into two parts, one inside (where the exhibitions are located, audio guides available) and one outside area. The former is live and open during summertime, however you are still able to visit the buildings during winter but without visiting them.
phone: +46 63 - 51 47 43address: Frösö Zoo, 832 96 FRÖSÖNSince 1960 Frösö Zoo has been one of Östersund's major attractions for tourists. Featuring over 700 animals from Tigers to Koalas and Sloths. The area also have restaurants, a tivoli, circus and Sweden's largest tropical house. Perfect for all ages, however there can be very crowded during high season by Swedes and Norwegians on holiday. Frösö Zoo also houses a lot of wild animals like lynx, bear and other Swedish wild life. Definitely worth a visit!
phone: +46 703636061address: OrrvikenThe moose is an important part of Jämtlands cultural heritage. Described as "king of the forest" and seen on Jämtland's coat of arms, you can easily say it's the most famous animal in the province. On moose garden you get the chance and opportunity to pet and stand next to real moose - and even kiss one (if you dare). On moose garden there are over 20 elks and moose, and you can also find modern accommodation and a cafeteria. The owner and guide is very friendly and quite funny to listen to. Moose garden is 15 minutes away with car from the city.
Take a walk along the lake with its beautiful view.
Take a boat trip around the lake - the 5th largest in Sweden.
phone: +46 63-16 15 60address: Ösk-Vägen 13Offer a great view of Östersund in a skybar on top of a 55 meter high building
phone: +46 63-10 14 54address: Postgränd 5In a 19th-century milieu.
phone: +46 63-15 01 03address: Jamtli 105Östersund's oldest restaurant, with traditional Nordic cuisine.
phone: +46 63-10 15 75address: Prästgatan 44Organic, local and sustainable food with live music.
phone: +46 63-51 20 30address: Prästgatan 54A Thai food restaurant.
phone: +46 63-10 55 55address: Prästgatan 41-43Dating to the 1950s and serves traditional Nordic cuisine.
phone: +46 63-10 68 00address: Prästgatan 19Insipred by Sir Winston Churchill's visit to Jämtland in 1897.
Frösötornetaddress: Toppvägen 11A café with a scenic view from a tower on Frösö island.
address: MuseiplanA café in the "Jamtli" museum area.
address: Frösövägen 32 BA café, bakery and restaurant.
phone: +46 63-51 03 83address: Prästgatan 27A classical Östersund café dating back to 1924. It is known as the birthplace of the "Smörgåstårta", or "sandwich cake", a form of savoury cake made from rye bread with different sorts of creamy fillings and toppings which has become popular throughout Sweden. During summer they offer their home made gelato ice cream. In addition to their main location they also have a branch at the Östersund library at Rådhusgatan 25-27.
Bars and clubs
address: Hamngatan 9A bar with live blues and rock music on Saturdays.
address: Sjötorget 3Bar and nightclub overlooking Östersund harbour.
address: Kyrkgatan 70Östersund's largest nightclub with several different stages with different genres.
phone: +46 63-10 33 10address: Biblioteksgatan 25A Hostelling International (HI) location. STF Östersund Ledkrysset is located in the center of town and has double and twin rooms as well as dormitory beds. Serves breakfast, dinner and has a small shop. Free internet access.
phone: +46 63 14 46 15address: Krondikesvägen 95
phone: +46 63 51 75 25address: Storgatan 61Has nice, large rooms, a sauna, and a good breakfast.
phone: +46 63 55 60 00address: Prästgatan 16Östersund's largest hotel with 176 rooms including 8 suites. It also has an indoor pool and sauna, as well as a popular restaurant.
phone: +46 63 57 57 00address: Kyrkgatan 70Is one of the most expensive hotels in ÖStersund, but it is centrally located and you will experience its advantages.
phone: +46 63- 701 17 00address: Rådhusgatan 44Offer free Wi-Fi.
- Åre, Sweden's largest ski resort is about 50 km west. Double that to get to Storlien
- Trondheim, about 200 km west, one of Norway's largest cities with an impressive cathedral.
- Sundsvall, about 200 km east, a city about the same size located at the Gulf of Bothnia — also the High Coast world heritage is accessible from there.