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Hiking in and around Östersund

To have nature close and be able to experience it fully, without everyday demands and stress. Here at the lake Storsjön the mountains are always present and give beautiful views and tranquility.

In the areas of Östersund and Frösön there are many nice places for hiking, where you have both water and forest close by. Pack a backpack with plenty of picnic food and something that quenches thirst, so you can be out and enjoy a whole day.

Vindskydd o eldstäder i Östersund

Excursion and fireplaces

Windbreaks

Take an excursion and enjoy a pleasant time outdoors at one of all the windbreaks and fireplaces that Östersund and the surrounding area has to offer! In the vicinity of Östersund there are many nature reserves. Here you get tips on some nice excursion destinations. Some places you probably recognize while others may be unknown. Some areas are easily reached with a refreshing walk, bike or on skies.

In Östersund municipality’s nature map, you will find several excursion destinations you can visit. There you can also get tips on bathing places, running rounds, ski trails, hiking, biking, sightseeing, and much more.

To think of!

If you start a fire, you have the responsibility to put it out. Let the fire burn out completely. Extinguish thoroughly, preferably with water and stir so that the embers go out when you have finished grilling. Do not put non-combustible garbage in the fire, take the garbage home again – unless there is a garbage bin nearby.

Utflykter Östersund

Östbergets nature trail

1,7 km

The nature trail is 1.7 km long and is excellent for the exercise round or for a shorter weekend excursion with coffee. It starts at the car park at the top of the new entrance at Utsiktstornet. There is space to park both cars and bicycles.

In winter there is also a cross-country track with electric lighting of 2.2 km, see cross-country skiing. At the start there is an information board about the trail and after the trail there are information boards where you can learn more about the nature of Jämtland.
During the summer season there is a café nearby and the opportunity to get up and look at the view through binoculars at the lookout tower.

The trail goes through a hilly forest landscape. It is good to have boots, as the trail can be a bit wet and with some roots on the path. At the end of the trail there is also an old catch pit for catching animals and a nice vantage point with a coffee table, where you can eat your own lunch.

Find youre way here with the Nature Map Östersund

Utflykter Östersund

Mjällestigen

at Öneberget on Frösö Island

The path is 2.5 km long and runs mostly on roads and easy paths. The part over Öneberget, with the ancient castle, has a terrain that is partly steep, but at the steep descent from the mountain there are stairs and handrails.

Start where parking spaces are marked on the map and feel free to walk the path clockwise

The path tells about Frösö Island important role during the Iron Age, but also something about nature and what may be hidden in Lake Storsjön.

Find your way here with the Nature Map Östersund

Utflykter Östersund

Stengårdstigen

around Frösö Camping

The path is just over 3 km long and mainly easy to walk.  At Frösö camping it is good to start your walk. From the reception you go down to the lower part of the campsite, where you come across the marked path.

Stengårdsstigen goes down the hill to one of Frösö Island most preserved village roads, where you can read about the farm Mickelsgård and Vallsundet ferry terminal.

The path tells about Frösön during the last centuries but also about ancient remains from the Iron Age.

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St Olavsleden

St. Olavsleden

Pilgrim trail

St. Olavsleden is the northernmost pilgrim trail in the world. The trail is approximately 580 kilometers long and extends from the Baltic sea in the East to the Atlantic Ocean in the West, from Selånger in Sweden to Trondheim in Norway. The trail goes through large forests, over mountains, along lakes and past communities and historic sites. The roadbed varies from gravel road, asphalt and trails.

It is possible to hike stages of the trail, starting from Östersund.

Start your hike at Badhusparken (down by Lake Storsjön), from there you follow the red trail markings, they take you over to Frösö Island. From here, the hike continues along Lake Storsjön. On Frösö Island you will pass, Runstenen and Trefaldighetskällan that are historical sights to experience.

Andersön

Nature reserve

Andersön is a popular place were families, exercisers and others who would like to recharge their batteries and calm down for a while goes. The island is a nature reserve and the environment here is, to say the least, fascinating. Long beautiful rocky beaches, knotty pines, ancient monuments and fossils. In the forest there is a myriad of forest paths for anyone who wants to jog, cycle, stroll or pick mushrooms and berries.

Along the beaches there are plenty of nice barbecue areas right next to the water. Last summer’s heat wave transformed Andersön into a clean beach and everyone who lingered past the first rocky bottom was rewarded with the sand bottom a bit out. This is the island for everyone with pleasure. Find your way to Andersön

Bynäset

Frösön

You can find Bynäset on Frösön at Cronstadsväg. When you have passed Frösö Park Hotel, you will find a sign with Bynäset some metres away and there you turn left down towards the water. Here you will find nice beaches that are found both on the north and south of the peninsula. In popular terms, this area is called “Östersund Riviera”.

The north side offers a long black sand beach, sandy bottom and open grass areas for play and picnics. In the summer there is also a small kiosk open- Västbyviken.

At beautiful Bynäset you can walk, run, cycle around the peninsula on a distance of about: 7 km. Take a backpack with you and walk around the scenic spot. When you feel warm you can take a dip in the lake by the beach. The area is protected because it was previously a military exercise area. The view is something extra special with the sight of Åreskutan and Oviksfjällen.

Naturreservatet Tysjöarna

Tysjöarna

Nature reserve

Make a nice excursion to Tysjöarna’s Nature Reserve, which is just outside Östersund’s center. As early as April, the air around Tysjöarna is filled with the songs of the cranes and the trumpeting of the swans. Lapwing, Eurasian curlew and ruff are early arrivals on the shoreline. In May and June, the marl fields and the lakes’ shorelines are full of long­legged waders. These include the little ringed plover, temminck’s stint and little stint, which stalk around in the shallow waters.

Tysjöarna is one of the largest marl areas in the world. Apart from the marl fields, there are several springs and richfens with calcareous tufa formations. In the environment that is very calcareous and moist, many rare animals and plants live. Here are a lot of orchids, such as Guckuskoe, meadow keys, forest bud and spider flowers. From the northern entrance there is a ramp up to one of the three bird towers that are set up, where you can spot the birds that come and rest in the reserve. The two lakes are connected by a signposted approximately 7 km long path.

 

 Find your way to Tysjöarna here: Stigen är 2,5 km lång och går mest på vägar och lättgångna stigar. Partiet över Öneberget, med fornborgen, har en terräng som delvis är brant, men vid den branta nedfarten från berget finns trappor och ledstång.

Ändsjön

Nature reserve

At Frösön lies the nature reserve Ändsjön which is Frösön’s only lake. The lake is surrounded by both agricultural land and residential areas and is easy to reach. Ändsjön is a very shallow lake and a perfect place for many sea birds. Around the lake there is a path that is tracked over some of the parties and some information signs. The path is about 2.5-3 km long and passes past the two bird towers set in the reserve.

Find your way to Ändsjön here: Parking space is located at Frösö Skidlek and at Vallaleden where you can start your hike. City buses No. 4 and No. 9 also take you here.

 

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Frösö Skans

at Kungsgårdsviken

Turn left 500 m after Stocketitt and go 1100 m to a parking lot on the left side before Kungsgården. A 150 m long footpath leads down to Frösö skans. The Skans has its history during the 17th century. During this century, several wars were fought between Sweden and Denmark-Norway. The fort was besieged on two occasions and had to give up against Danish / Norwegian troops. In 1645, the county Jämtland was handed over to Sweden at Frösö skans.

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Fillstabäcken

Fillstabäcken

Nature reserve

Here is fine forest, plenty of orchids and rare mushrooms and Sweden’s largest lime tuff area. About 6 kilometers outside Östersund you will find Fillstabäcken Nature Reserve. For several thousand years, the lime here in the waters of Fillstabäcken has built up a hard dome of permeable, porous mineral called lime tuff.

Along the hiking trail up to the lime tuff you can find orchids and other plants such as Majviva, Brudsporre, Flugblomster and Kung Karls Spira. Unusual fungi also grow here, including the rare balsam thread that belongs to the thread sheaves and smells good. At the parking lot there is an information board, rest benches and a small waterfall.

Find here with the Nature Map Östersund

Pärlstigen

at the church of Sunne

At the church of Sunne, there is a short nature and meditation trail called Pärlstigen.

This place is open to everyone and is about 1.5 kilometers long.

More information here!

The nature map of Östersund

Download the nature map Östersund, here you will find more tips on, for example, walking trails, nature reserves, running and climbing.