"The Middle of Sweden" Östersund by Sjalen

Östersund Travel Guide: 23 reviews and 38 photos

Most people see Stockholm as the middle of Sweden but oh no, this is an oblong country and you have to go to the highlands to reach the middle. There is in fact a village between Östersund and the town of Sundsvall which has grabbed the official title and issues certificates to visitors. But Östersund will do me fine as a representative of mid Sweden. It lies on a hillside next to the great Storsjön which is Sweden's fifth largest lake (and its Loch Ness) so there is some scenery here. Opposite the town centre is the large Frösön island with this gorgeous view of the highlands in the distance as this is the gateway to the majestic Jämtland fells. To those of you who think this is too tranquil, I can inform you that there is no need to worry if you come in July during the Storsjöyran festival...! As it is also somewhat of a centre for the midlands, a student town and gateway for people going to Åre, there is a surprisingly exotic nightlife for its size (60 000).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:scenic, easy to reach, exotic nightlife
  • Cons:crap local transport, dark winters
  • In a nutshell:Lots to discover!
  • Last visit to Östersund: Jul 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2005 at 7:00 AM

    I flatshared with a group from Ostersund when I was in Sydney...so its been nice to finally see where they came from...thankyou! Great tips & photo's! Happy travels, Blu

  • Mar 2, 2004 at 11:57 AM

    Thanks for introducing this interesting place. If I ever go back to Trondheim I'll take the Neighbour Train to Ostersund. That wooden view-tower looks great.

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2003 at 3:34 AM

    So here you found that calming life-strategy inspiration. Lovely place, so romantic.

  • Maline's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2003 at 7:39 AM

    Great page, very good local customs tips (wish you had a pic of Storsjömonstret). My mum grew up here, so I have a place in my heart for this place!!


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