Exploring Jämtland isn’t complete without heading up to the mountains. This is a province with three distinct parts. There are the mountains along the border with Norway, there are the forested lowlands, and then there is the urban area of Östersund. The mountains include some of Sweden’s larger ski resorts. Can you imagine that this sparsely populated land is equal in size of countries like Belgium and Moldova?
In addition, Lake Storsjön, the fifth largest lake in Sweden, has a legend to tell. It is said that the lake is home to Storsjöodjuret, this is the Swedish version of the Loch Ness Monster.
Before Norway conquered Jämtland in the 12th century, Jämtland was actually an independent nation. It stayed in Norwegian until the Treaty of Brömsebro in 1645 when the province was ceded to Sweden. This is still the land of the Jamts and it has around 115.000 inhabitants. These inhabitants live in a land equal to the size of Moldova or Belgium.
As with neighboring Härjedalen, Jämtland is most known for its ski resort and winter activities. Part of the mountainous border region towards Norway is a part of the province.
Largest City: Östersund
Province Flower: “Brunkulla” (Gymnadenia nigra)
Province Animal: Elk