At 1,420 metres above sea level, Åreskutan is one of Sweden’s most well-known mountains, with a magnificent view over the mountain ranges of West Jämtland. Getting to the top and Sweden’s highest cafeteria, Toppstugan, is easy thanks to the cable car - Kabinbanan - the only one in the Swedish mountains.
A visit to Sweden’s largest waterfall is a must for everyone who comes to Åre. In the summer the waterfall is incredibly powerful, while in winter beautiful shapes are formed from ice, and seeing the water gushing over the ice is a very special experience. Furthermore, the waterfall is lit up at night, giving the water and the ice a magical dimension.
Åre’s magnificent wooden parish church was consecrated in 1894, and is designed in a Neo-Gothic style. It recalls a time when, thanks to incipient tourism, copper mining and forestry, economic growth in the district led to a substantial increase in the number of inhabitants and visitors, thus making the old church too small.
See and learn about how the Sami people subsist and live in Njarka Sami Camp, which is located on a promontory in Lake Häggsjön. There are a variety of tents here, with a special octagonal tent, called Jarnge, as Njarka’s centre and the location for special ceremonies such as weddings and christenings. In addition to learning about Sami history, visitors can also feed the reindeers with reindeer moss, sleep in the Sami fashion and throw a lasso.
The Karoliner Monument is a ten metre high obelisk in granite, erected in 1892, to the memory of the 3,000 men who died in severe winter weather during and after the retreat of Carl XII’s invasion force from Tröndelag in 1718. Lectures on the March of Death over Sylarna are held regularly at Roxy’s Sledge Dogs.
Information Centre with exhibitions about the mountains’ geology and animal world, about the Samis and about reindeer food. Allow the staff to whet your appetite for discovery before you set off on your own excursions in the easily accessible mountain and forest environment outside.
Ecological experience and educational facility with winter garden, rose garden, garden park, old-fashioned chicken farm, café and restaurant, slide presentation, lectures, and courses and also sales of goods produced in an environmentally friendly manner in an old-fashioned shop.
In this splendid, cosy restaurant with a view over beautiful Lake Åre, you will find everything from classics such as wallenbergare (minced veal), scraped raw beef, barbecued loin of lamb, poached cod and crayfish soup to international contributions such as duck liver, figs and feta cheese and local specialities such as reindeer meat, scaly fish, cloudberries, soft whey cheese and mushrooms.
Åre’s leading entertainment establishment has three dance floors with a variety of music – from modern dance music and golden oldies on the main floor to R&B, soul and hip-hop in the Studio bar. One of Åre’s best After Skis is here, too! There are also two restaurants, classic Bistro and Asian Raw Dinner & Lounge.
Enjoy pleasant lounge music and fantastic cocktails in Villa Tottebo’s bar, located in a beautiful old hunting lodge from the 19th century. The music gets louder the later the evening gets, for those who still think that the night is still young. There is also a wonderful restaurant here with old fashioned decor and modern Nordic features, and a fireplace that spreads heat in the winter cold.
For transfers from Östersund Airport to Åre you can book a mountain transfer at the same time as you book your flight ticket. Alternatively, phone mountain transfer on +46 20 97 97 97. Flight transfer with Taxi Åre between Östersund and Åre/Duved costs 1150 kr for 1-4 persons, and 1 350 kr for 5-8 persons. Phone +46 647 100 22 for more information. Länstrafiken, in Jämtland, also operates bus routes between Östersund and Åre. For more information go to www.lanstrafiken-z.se or phone +46 647 260 70. The distance between Östersund and Åre is about 10 kilometres.