Östersund is the only city of Jämtland Härjedalen with around 63 000 inhabitants and a wide range of service, shops, cafés and restaurants. There are year-round open attractions and activities to complement the rich possibilities for outdoor activities in and around the city.
The city is situated by the fifth largest lake of Sweden, lake Storsjön (the Great Lake). This lake is the home of the famous lake monster Storsjöodjuret with his/her imaginary child called Birger, a mascot who you are bound to encounter while visiting the area.
In winter there is a large system of cross country tracks, an alpine center in the middle of town, adventure pools at Storsjöbadet and several attractions suitable for active families. Jamtli is a living history museum with collections for an active visitor and from 2018 there is also an art museum connected to the museum building, a branch of the National Art Museum. The outdoor buildings connected to the museum are inhabited by actors in summer.
Östersund hosts the National Biathlon Arena and hosts world cups as well as world championships (2008 & 2019).
The city is an excellent hub for excursions to nearby destinations and attractions. Åre is 100 km and Bydalsfjällen is 60 km west, while Vemdalen is 120 km south of Östersund. 100 km north of Östersund is Strömsund and 100 km east is Ragunda.
Travel to Östersund city and community
By car or bus. Trains to Östersund railway station. Fly to Åre/Östersund airport or Trondheim Vaernes airport and transfer by taxi or rental car.
Tourist Information in Östersund
Destination Östersund has has an authorized Tourist Information with strategically placed InfoPoints around the destination.
E-mail to Östersund Tourist Information