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Härjedalen, Latinized form Herdalia, is a province in Norrland, Sweden. With only 10,500 inhabitants, it is Sweden's least populous province (landskap). Sveg is the largest town, and the seat of Härjedalen municipality, roughly corresponding to the province, and belonging to Jämtland County.

UnderstandEdit

 
View of Helagsfjället (Mount Helags), the tallest Swedish mountain south of the Arctic Circle

Sweden annexed Härjedalen from Norway in 1645, during the height of the Swedish Empire. Forestry and peat extraction became important during the 19th century. In recent decades the ski resorts have become the most successful businesses.

Härjedalen is known as the only Swedish province (landskap) without a city (stad). Sveg was merely a town (köping), though there is no practical distinction between the titles since 1971, where all of Sweden was divided into municipalities.

SettlementsEdit

  • Sveg, with a population of about 3,000, is the municipal centre.
  • Hede
  • Vemdalen [dead link] a ski resort. The three ski areas are Vemdalsskalet, Klövsjö-Storhogna and Björnrike. Most slopes are easy, and suitable for families and beginners.
  • Lofsdalen

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Härjedalen Sveg Airport (EVG IATA). The regional gateway has two daily connections with Stockholm (stop-over in Mora) on weekdays and one on Sundays. All flights are handled by NextJet.    
  • To western Härjedalen, the Røros airport in Norway can be used. Flights from Oslo. A car should be rented. Some ski resorts offer taxi transfer, ask them.

By trainEdit

  • Inlandsbanan is a non-electrified railway, with daily passenger trains during summer. These tourist trains are slow but passes through wonderful scenery on their way. In the winter, the nearest service by train is Ljusdal which can be accessed by bus.

By carEdit

European Route E45 runs from Göteborg and Mora, through Sveg, to Östersund. From Stockholm use road E4 - 83 - 84. From Copenhagen, use road E4 - 26 - E45 past Jönköping.

By busEdit

Sveg is also served by regular but not frequent bus service.

Get aroundEdit

 
Bridge over the river Ljusnan in the village of Hedeviken in Härjedalen Municipality
  • Car is the most suitable travel method in this sparsely populated area. Rental cars can be had at Rent in Sveg AB.
  • There are some local buses see Läns trafiken Jämtland and the Resrobot search engine.

SeeEdit

While Härjedalen has few cultural attractions, the sceneries are great.

DoEdit

Outdoor life: Winter sports, hiking and fishing. See hiking in the Nordic countries and Winter in the Nordic countries. Those interested in history may want to check out the church and cemetery, as well as the Gammelgarden Museum in Sveg.

BuyEdit

The few shopping opportunities in the province can be found in Sveg.

EatEdit

Respectable food is served at the Myskoxen which is located near the center of Sveg. Groceries can be had at the Konsum.

DrinkEdit

Nightlife in Härjedalen is seasonal, and comes with the skiers. Alcohol is served at the Myskoxen, and one or two other places.

SleepEdit

Most lodging can be found at the ski resorts. Sveg has three hotels, including Myskoxen and at the Lilla Hotellet.

ConnectEdit

Stay safeEdit

Go nextEdit

Routes through Härjedalen
GällivareÖstersund (187 km) ←  N   S  Orsa (125 km) → Karlstad


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