Wonderful experiences in nature are never far away from Östersund. Pack a snack, put on a good pair of walking shoes, and get on out there!
Tysjöarna nature reserve is located just north of Östersund. Its shallow lakes are a haven for ducks, wading birds, cranes and swans. It´s a lovely 10 km walk around the lakes with a wind shelter and a barbecue area right next to Stora Blekekällan spring. For a more “exciting” walk, one suggestion is to start from the southern entrance at Tysjövägen road in Lugnvik. The northern entrance has a more even pathway making the area accessible with prams, wheelchairs and walkers.
The forest surrounding Lake Ändsjön on Frösön offers a lovely forest walk. The shallow lake is a perfect resting place for many of our ducks and wading birds, and there are a number of bird-watching towers around the lake for bird-spotting. Take your binoculars along and see if you can spot a black-necked grebe, grey heron or coot. The chalky soil around the lake also creates the perfect for environment for orchids. Frösön has rich animal wildlife so don’t be surprised if you happen upon moose, deer or beaver during your walk around the lake.
Andersön island’s nature reserve is a popular destination located around 20 minutes by car from the centre of Östersund. From the western side visitors get a fantastic view of Lake Storsjön and Åreskutan mountain. Follow the shoreline northwards and walk all the way round the island. It is a couple of hours’ walk that is easy to begin with but becomes slightly hillier on the northern side. Enjoy the ancient forest that has stood for hundreds of years, the gnarly, wind-beaten pine trees and wonderful rocks where you can lie and sunbathe.
VIKEKÄRRET MARSH ON RÖDÖN
A unique place for all orchid fanatics! This is where to come from June onwards to see all the fantastic orchids that bloom in the chalky soils of the area. Some years, the place is covered with lady’s slipper orchids. In addition to the lady’s slipper, you can also find fly orchids, early marsh orchids and bird’s-eye primroses. The area is easily accessible, a couple of hundred metres’ walk through the forest from the car. Search for Acksjön on Google Maps for directions.