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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.

Hikes at Frösö Island

On Frösö Island there are many nice trails and paths to explore. Since Frösö island is very hilly and located in Storsjön, you get nice and mile-long views along the way.

Mjällestigen

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.

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

Härke stig

Stengårdsstigen

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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Stiglöpning Frösön

Östbergets nature trail

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

Kyrkstigen

At Frösö Church there is a path that has been named the church path, it runs on well-trodden ground and on roads. The path is 3 km long and easy to wa

At Frösö Church there is a path that has been named the church path, it runs on well-trodden ground and on roads.
The path is 3 km long and easy to walk. At Frösö church there is a car park and it is a natural start for the path, but also at Sommarhagen it is possible to park and start the walk.
The path tells about Frösö church and about the history of the farm Hov, which dates back to the Iron Age more than 1000 years ago. Petersons-Bergers Sommarhagen is passed and on to Arnljotlägden, which is the venue for the drama Arnljot every year in July.

Frösö skans

At Kungsgårdsviken is Frösö skans. A 150 m long footpath leads down to Frösö skans. Skansen has its history during the 17th century.

At Kungsgårdsviken is Frösö skans. A 150 m long footpath leads down to Frösö skans.

Skansen 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, Jämtland was handed over to Sweden at Frösö skans.

Turn left 500 m after Stocketitt and go 1100 m to a parking lot on the left side before Kungsgården.

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Bynäset

At beautiful Bynäset you can walk, run, cycle around the peninsula on a distance of about: 7 km. Walk around and enjoy the scenic s

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.

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.

Mjällestigen

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.

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Härke stig

Stengårdsstigen

The path is just over 3 km long and mainly easy to walk. At Frösö camping it is good to start your walk.

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Östbergets nature trail

The nature trail is 1.7 km long and is excellent for the exercise round or for a shorter weekend excursion with coffee.

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Kyrkstigen

At Frösö Church there is a path that has been named the church path, it runs on well-trodden ground and on roads. The path is 3 km long and easy to wa

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Frösö skans

At Kungsgårdsviken is Frösö skans. A 150 m long footpath leads down to Frösö skans. Skansen has its history during the 17th century.

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Bynäset

At beautiful Bynäset you can walk, run, cycle around the peninsula on a distance of about: 7 km. Walk around and enjoy the scenic s

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Nature reserve

In Östersund there are plenty of nature reserves and in Jämtland County there are 219. Nature reserves are the most common way of protecting valuable nature in the long term. It can be about preserving valuable natural areas, biodiversity and for people’s outdoor life. We are lucky to experience and stay in these areas, so show consideration for nature. The smaller imprint we leave behind, the better for everyone.

Ändsjön

At Frösön lies the nature reserve Ändsjön which is Frösön’s only lake. The lake is surrounded by both agricultural land and residential areas.

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: 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.

Andersön

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.

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Tysjöarna

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 long¬legged 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 sign posted approximately 7 km long path.

Find your way here!

There are three entrances to choose from.
North: follow the E14 west from Östersund, turn right at the Ås cross and drive towards Kännåsen. Road signs show the way to the parking lot.

South: follow Tysjövägen in Lugnvik until the end.

West: follow the road E14 west from Östersund, five kilometers from the town there is a long exit with a rest area.

By bus: From Östersund bus station you can get to Lugnvik by bus no: 6 and 8, at the terminals Bofinkvägen, Lövsångarvägen there is then a sidewalk that goes under E14 up to Tysjövägen.

Ändsjön

At Frösön lies the nature reserve Ändsjön which is Frösön’s only lake. The lake is surrounded by both agricultural land and residential areas.

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Andersön

Andersön is a popular place were families, exercisers and others who would like to recharge their batteries and calm down for a while goes.

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Tysjöarna

Make a nice excursion to Tysjöarna’s Nature Reserve, which is just outside Östersund’s center.

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St. Olavsleden

3 proposals for sections of the S: t olavsleden located near Östersund. St. Olavsleden, the world’s northernmost trail of pilgrim runs through Östersund. The trail is about 580 kilometers long, starts in Selånger outside Sundsvall and extends to Trondheim in Norway. It is possible to hike stages of the trail, starting from Östersund.

Brunflo-Östersund

To start your hike from Brunflo to Östersund, is a day stage of 15.2 km. The trail mostly runs along lake Storsjön with a view of the Oviksfjällen.

Brunflo has a 30 meter high castle, a defense tower from the 12th century, which was consecrated to St. Olav. The name Brunflo means the well by the bog and at Lövberget is St. Olav’s spring. Odensalakärret is rich in orchids and is located next to St. Olavsleden, three kilometers from Östersund.

Due to the calcareous water, purple bundle root with dark purple and vanilla-scented flowers thrives. Marked paths and ridges run between fly flowers, bridal spurs and dicotyledons.

Östersund is the only city in Jämtland County, and was founded in 1786 by Gustav III. Make a visit to Jamtli, which is a living historical land where in the summer you meet contemporary authors in the farms/houses who tell about life in the old days.

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S:t Olavsleden Östersund

Östersund-Frösö Church

Follow the pilgrimage trail a short distance from Östersund-Frösö church. A distance where you can feel what it is like to walk along the trail, 7 km.

Start your hike in Badhusparken, from there you follow the red trail markings, they take you over to the island Frösön. From here, the hike continues along Storsjön. On Frösön, the Runestone are a historical sight to take part in.

When you have reached the Trinity Source, the hike continues towards Ändsjön nature reserve and further up towards Frösö Church. When you reach the Church, take the opportunity and enjoy the fantastic view of lake Storsjön and the mountain world.

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Frösö Church-Rödö Church

From Frösö church you can walk on towards Rödö church and on the way stop at the ancient monument Tibrandshögarna, after you cross the Rödö bridge.

From Frösö church to Rödökyrka it is a walk of about: 10 km. Frösö church from the 13th century was built with St. Olav as the patron saint.

In summer, the drama Arnljot is played next door. It is about the Viking from Gällö who fought with St. Olav in Stiklestad.

Cross the bridge to Rödön with the ancient monument Tibrandshögarna from the 14th century.

Listen to the waves and look for the Great Lake monster (Storsjöodjuret), which is said to live in the lake’s deep caves.
Rödön’s church is from the Middle Ages and was lavishly decorated after a fire in the 1920s.
The hike contains strawberry and potato plantations.

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Brunflo-Östersund

To start your hike from Brunflo to Östersund, is a day stage of 15.2 km. The trail mostly runs along lake Storsjön with a view of the Oviksfjällen.

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S:t Olavsleden Östersund

Östersund-Frösö Church

Follow the pilgrimage trail a short distance from Östersund-Frösö church. A distance where you can feel what it is like to walk along the trail, 7 km.

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Frösö Church-Rödö Church

From Frösö church you can walk on towards Rödö church and on the way stop at the ancient monument Tibrandshögarna, after you cross the Rödö bridge.

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