Scan Magazine, Issue 138, January 2022

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  Ten Destinations to Visit in Sweden in 2022

Rådhuset. Photo: Roger Strandberg

Östersund: city of contrasts Not far from the geographic centre of Sweden, Östersund offers a little bit of everything. One of the largest cities in the north of Sweden, it’s a destination worth visiting both for its closeness to nature and for its rich cultural offering. By Amanda Ottosson

The balance between vibrant city life and quiet nature is unique and has meant that those who call the city home have a vested interest in maintaining its unique flavour. “We’re proud of being a city that champions innovation,” says Elisabeth Richardsson, director of marketing at Destination Östersund, an organisation founded to champion the city. “We make it as easy as possible to get to decision makers to share your ideas for how we can improve the city and continue to bring great events and experiences to our residents and everyone who visits.”

mer, residents and visitors alike can go kayaking, fishing and swimming in the lake, or make their way out to Frösön, an island that’s host to a wide variety of bike sports. Boasting bike trails that are among the best in Sweden, Östersund plays host to the top-end of enduro biking athletes and a variety of competitions.

Storsjön, the lake the city was built next to, offers countless opportunities all year round for sports and leisure. In the sum-

“We’re unique in that we can offer visitors pretty much any outdoor activity they can think of, but also combine this with a great

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cultural offering and a variety of fantastic restaurants,” says Richardsson. She says it with pride, and with good reason – Östersund is the only Swedish city that has been invited to join the prestigious Creative City of Gastronomy network. “Our restaurants are world-renowned for serving high-quality food,” she says. “They know they’ve got a reputation to live up to, so they’re always making sure to use the best local produce and keep pushing

In the winter, the lake freezes over and turns into a community spot where people can take full advantage of the snow and ice. And once you’re done, the city is just minutes away.

Winter shopping. Photo: Destination Östersund

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