Try Jämtland & Härjedalen

Welcome to Jämtland & Härjedalen.

Are you a foodie or an outdoor enthusiast, or both? If so, Jämtland-Härjedalen is your paradise on earth, your gastronomic treasure trove. Its treasures and pleasures are hidden in the forests, the mountains, the people, lakes and villages, and perhaps even in the beautiful little City of Östersund, at the heart of it all.

It’s been said that ”You can live your dream anywhere” and this region truly offers the right conditions for making your dreams come true. And here is where many wonderful people really are living out their dreams. The authenticity, composure, and the relaxed attitude of people here make it straightforward to live, work, enjoy and experience Jämtland-Härjedalen.

The soils and the landscape are among the most pristine on the planet, the changing seasons and the wilderness outside the door make every day an adventure. Jämtland-Härjedalen is proud to be part of Sápmi, the land of the Sami; this is a place where you can savour Sami cuisine and the Sami people’s relationship with nature and their traditions and knowledge.

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A pair of traditional Sami winter boots. (Credits: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se )

Jämtland is also an eldorado for foodies. Numerous of small manufacturers and sellers of cheese, fine meats, herbs, game, wild berries and bread are dotted around the county. Almost every village in this region is home to skilled culinary artisans and small-scale farmers who, with a light touch, create the most amazing products and ingredients. Some products are incredibly innovative and inventive, while others are made using ancient methods and recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation.

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Tivars Gårdsmejeri is a local dairy and small-scale cheesemaker. (Credits: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se)

There are restaurants that food enthusiasts flock to, eager to taste the most extreme form of Nordic cuisine, where the ingredients are gathered under the eaves and the menu is based upon year-round self-sufficiency. It’s also possible to eat at home with local families; here you’ll find a gastronomic spirit, food, drink, and culinary experiences that have given the region an international reputation as an exciting and creative gastronomic region.

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Båthuskrogen is a small restaurant set on the shore of Storsjön in Östersund. (Credits: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se)

Just north of Åre – Sweden’s largest alpine ski resort – and the small Jämtland village of Järpen, lies the restaurant Fäviken Magasinet, run by renowned chef Magnus Nilsson. With a cuisine based on what he and his team forage, farm and hunt locally and from their own estate, Fäviken Magasinet offers one of the world’s most headstrong, authentic and ingenious culinary experiences.

Some dishes that have made this remote restaurant the international foodie’s top priority, are crispy lichens, broth of autumn leaves, pine-bark cake, leg of goose marinated in mead, roast bone marrow and dice of raw heart from cow, and an elegant little dish of crunchy dried pig’s blood filled with lightly salted wild salmon trout roe. Fäviken Magasinet – probably the most talked about restaurants in international food media today – is ranked 34 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant list.

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Fäviken Magasinet (Credits: Erik Olsson)

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