The challenge is of course to run up to Frösötornet! The long turn up to the tower is a cruel heavy final on the entire stretch. Once at the top, they have made 172 altitude meters during just over four kilometers of running.
The slightly easier run is to ignore the Frösötornet and continue to follow the road straight ahead. Then you get a downhill and then you run past the ski slope Ladängen on the left hand side.
After a few more hundred meters you come to “Krönet”, with wonderful views of Östersund.
If you want to combine fantastic views and really hard running, Ladängen is the best tip. The ski slope on Frösön has a drop of 78 meters and the path up is 400 meters. This is back training in its hardest form, but the reward at the top is nothing short of magnificent.
Here you enjoy the views from Frösön, Lake Storsjön and Jämtlandsfjällen.
Another hill, slightly nicer and only a kilometer long round trip, is up to the ancient castle at the top of Öneberget on Frösön. It can be a little tricky to invent and start from a pedestrian and bicycle path. The easiest way is to park at Arnjothallen along Önevägen and then take the pedestrian / bicycle path west. After passing the red wooden houses on the right side, you can start looking for the path up into the forest. The loop is kind to the feet and fun to run in dense vegetation.
Further suggestions for back training are “Kärringbacken”, also on Frösön. It is not very steep but quite difficult after a dozen rounds up and down. It is located just above Vallaleden and there are plenty of parking spaces in direct connection.
Östersund Ski Stadium
More challenges can be found at Östersund ski stadium, where World Cup competitions are held every year in, among other things, biathlon. Two terrain tracks are clearly marked, ÖSK Blåvita at five kilometers and ÖSK Röda at 10.5 kilometers. They both mostly go through forests, on narrow paths where there can sometimes be roots and other things that stand out.
ÖSK Röda offers good average slope the first two kilometers, but this must also be taken again. The last three therefore consist mostly of uphill slopes on the way back to the ski stadium. Scenic but hard in other words!
At the ski stadium is also Arctura, one of Östersund’s landmarks, where you can have lunch with outstanding views 65 meters up.
Just east of town is Spikbodarna. This is a large system of terrain tracks where you can get everything from gravel roads and woodland to bog running. From the shortest loop of just under three kilometers up to 15 kilometers, if you are hungry for long passes. The trails are signposted with colors and it is easy to find around. Parking space is directly adjacent to where the tracks start.