Högfjället, Dalarna – Exploring Sweden

Högfjället is one of seven ski areas within the larger Sälen ski area. It is located nine kilometres from the small locality of Sälen. Högfjället is mainly a ski resort, but there is activity here all year around.

A Short History of Högfjället

It was in the 1930’s that the Norwegian entrepreneur J W Klüver had the dream to establish a hotel at the location of Högfjället. The hotel Högfjällshotellet was built in 1937, but skiing was not the main reason for visiting at this time. The 1940’s European troubles also saw the Norwegian crown princess take refuge at the newly opened hotel.

The alpine skiing at Högfjället has grown in popularity and the lift and slope system of Högfjället was in 1994 interlinked with the system in nearby Lindvallen.

Things to Do and See

Skiing is on many visitors’ agenda when visiting Högfjället and there are some great conditions for that during the winter season. No matter when you visit, it is the outdoor activities that are the areas main attraction.

Alpine Skiing: Högfjället & Lindvallen

Thy system of slopes that together makes up Högfjället and Lindvallen is usually open from November to April. Here you will find 48 lifts and 51 slopes, with a maximum altitude difference of 303 metres. The longest of these slopes measures 1.8 kilometres. Another ski area close by is Hundfjället and Tandådalen.

Cross-Country Skiing

Another winter activity is cross-country skiing. Högfjället and Lindvallen have around 46 kilometres of prepared tracks for cross-country skiing. For the more competitive souls there is also the annual 90-kilometre cross-country skiing race Vasaloppet that starts in nearby Sälen.

Hiking: Södra Kungsleden & Sälenringen

There are several hiking trails for the adventurous in the area. Two of these starts right across the road from the large parking lot. Södra Kungsleden is the longest of these two and continues 340 kilometres to Storlien in Jämtland. Sälenringen is a circular route that takes hikers around large parts of the the mountain area known as Sälen. The total distance is around 65 kilometres.

Sälen Botaniska – The Mountain Botanical Garden

This is the mountain botanical garden of Sälen. It is located just a few hundred meters along the hiking trail Södra Kungsleden and has a goal to teach visitors about the areas mountain flora.

How to get to Högfjället

Flights: The closest airport is Scandinavian Mountains Airport (SCR) located 20 kilometers away. It connects the area with the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN) for connections around the globe.
Car: Högfjället is located along road 66 between Sälen and the Norwegian border.
Bus: There are local buses connecting Högfjället with the nearby towns.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

Stockholm – 407 kilometers (4 h 58 min)
Gothenburg – 474 kilometers (6 h)
Malmö – 743 kilometers (8 h 34 min)
Linköping – 417 kilometers (5 h 22 min)
Kiruna – 1163 kilometers (14 h 32 min)

Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden

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