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A winter cykling city

Östersund may not be famous for its winter cycling. But there are many kilometres of cleared winter roads, snowmobile tracks and a lake to ride your bike on. What’s more, there are two long forest trails to bike. The wintertime cycling makes Östersund well worth a visit.

For cycling in the woods or on snowmobile trails, a fat bike is preferable. If you want to cycle on the ice or on roads, it works great with a regular mountain bike with studded tires.

Fatbike or mountainbike?

A fat bike is the best option when biking in the forest or on a snowmobile track. It has wide tyres from 4 inches and upwards.

A fat bike is the best option when biking in the forest or on a snowmobile track. It has wide tyres from 4 inches and upwards. Which means that the bike rides on top of the snow.

The pressure in the tyres needs to be really low so that you can get around easily.

When riding a fat bike don´t forget to bring a small pump. You will have to adjust the tyre pressure depending on the surface biking on.

If you want to bike on the ice or on a road, normal studded mountain bike tyres will do.

Lillsjön, Torvalla and Frösön

If you have your own fat bike or have the opportunity to borrow or rent, you should not miss the winter rounds. These are held by non-profit forces.

Lillsjön/Torvalla

One route starts by Lillsjön´s swimming area, heads up towards Spikbodarna and Torvalla and then loops back to Lillsjön again.

It´s easy to find. Reflectors clearly mark the trail which makes it a cool experience to bike with a head torch. The route is approximately 20 kilometres long. You can park just beyond Jemtbil in Lillsjön and bike from there.

Frösön

You´ll find the other trail over on Frösö island. In a forest area between the campsite and Valla there are a couple of kilomtres of trails that are fine to bike with an ordinary MTB. These trails are also marked with reflectorys. You can continue up towards Sommarhagen and then onwards to Frösö Park Hotel and the Swedish Championship circuit.

It can be a bit tricky to find your way if you don´t know the area.  Ask the local cyclists or look up the route on Strava.

Park either by Videvägenroad to get to the trails in the forest area or by Frösö Park for the Swedish Championship circuit and the trail around that area.

Both trails are suitable for anybody who wants to try winter cycling and those of you that are experienced cyclists.

Here and there they can be somewhat strenuous, but the trails are level and not technically difficult.

Snowmobile tracks

Around Östersund there is a network of snowmobile trails that you can cycle. If the joints are really hard, it can also work with a mountain bike.

Biking on snow-mobile tracks on a fat bike is a great experience.
The tracks are at their best in the morning before the sun has warmed (and softened) the snow. Around Östersund there is a network of snow-mobile tracks that you bike on. If the trails are really hard a mountainbike with studded tyres will do.

You can bike around Brunfloviken using snow-mobile tracks. Take the snow-mobile tracks from Östersund to Brunflo and then onwards to Fugelsta. You will need to switch to roads in places.
The simplest way is to search for snow-mobile tracks on the internet and find some maps.

Fatbike or mountainbike?

A fat bike is the best option when biking in the forest or on a snowmobile track. It has wide tyres from 4 inches and upwards.

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Lillsjön, Torvalla and Frösön

If you have your own fat bike or have the opportunity to borrow or rent, you should not miss the winter rounds. These are held by non-profit forces.

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Snowmobile tracks

Around Östersund there is a network of snowmobile trails that you can cycle. If the joints are really hard, it can also work with a mountain bike.

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Winter roads and Lake Storsjön

There are many nice roads with little traffic to cycle. A classic is Singsjön around summer tartar above Spikbodarna and passes Brunflo and Ope ....

Singsjön

There are plenty of good roads to bike on with very little traffic. One of the classics is a loop around Lake Singsjön that starts beyond Spikbodarna and passes through Brunflo and Ope. At Singsjön you´ll find a snow-mobile café that is open some weekends during wintertime.

The trail is about 60 kilomtres long.

 Storsjön

On a day when it´s not too windy the ice on Lake Storsjön is a great biking experience. If the snow isn´t too deep you can pretty much bike anywhere on the lake. When the ice-skating trail Medvinden is cleared you can also bike there.

There is a lane along the ice-skating trail that can be used for walking and biking. It also works fine for older children that are used to riding a bike.

A biking tour on Medvinden trail is magical in the warm early spring sun.

Dress right!

To think about and how to dress properly for a winter bike ride. It is important that you dress according to layers on the layer principle ..

You can use your normal training  gear when biking in winter,the clothes you might wear when skiing or running.The main thing is that they are windproof and breathable to allow your excess heat out and keep the wind from coming in. It is important to dress in layers adjust your clothes depending on the temperature.

Think about keeping your hands and feet from getting cold and protecting your cheeks from frost bite.A buff will keep your neck warm and can be pulled up over your cheeks if it gets cold. Mittens work better than gloves. Roomy shoes with woollen socks keep your feet warm.

Winter roads and Lake Storsjön

There are many nice roads with little traffic to cycle. A classic is Singsjön around summer tartar above Spikbodarna and passes Brunflo and Ope ....

Show more

Dress right!

To think about and how to dress properly for a winter bike ride. It is important that you dress according to layers on the layer principle ..

Show more