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.
Sweden annexed Härjedalen from Norway in 1645, during the height of the Swedish Empire. Forestry and peat extraction became important during the 19th century. The ski resorts are now the most successful businesses.
Härjedalen has for a long time been among the most sparsely populated provinces, and the only one without a city (stad). Sveg was merely a town (köping), though there is no practical distinction between the titles since 1971, as all of Sweden is divided into formally equal municipalities.
- Sveg, with a population of about 3,000, is the municipal centre.
- Vemdalen [formerly 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, a calm ski resort
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Sveg is also served by regular but not frequent bus service.
While Härjedalen has few cultural attractions, the sceneries are great.
- 1 World's Largest Wooden Bear, Vallarvägen 1. 24 hours.
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.
Respectable food is served at the Myskoxen which is located near the center of Sveg. Groceries can be had at the Konsum.
Nightlife in Härjedalen is seasonal, and comes with the skiers. Alcohol is served at the Myskoxen, and one or two other places.
Most lodging can be found at the ski resorts. Sveg has three hotels, including Myskoxen and at the Lilla Hotellet.
- 1 Hotell Härjedalen, Vallarvägen 11 (Sveg), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. A hotel in a typical 1890s Härjedalen mansion.
- 2 Hotell Myskoxen, Fjällvägen 12 (Central Sveg), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. With 43 rooms it is the largest hotel in Sveg. They also have a large hotel restaurant, and offer breakfast buffet every morning. Doubles 1300-1700 kr.
- 3 Storhogna Högfjällshotell & Spa, Värdshusvägen 4 (Vemdalen), ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. A mountain resort at 755 meters above sea level and views of beautiful peaks. Has been awarded the title as Sweden's Leading Spa Resort twice by World Travel Awards.
|Routes through Härjedalen|
|Gällivare ← Östersund (187 km) ←||N S||→ Orsa (125 km) → Karlstad|