Museums and historical sights

See what one remarkable man managed to collect during his lifetime at the Mus-Olles museum. Examine rock carvings in Glösa and Gärde. Visit a summer farmstead. Watch birds or take photos of orchids. Learn about timber floating times at Laxviken museum or find out about our culture at any of the outdoor folk museums.
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Gamla Lanthandeln Krokom

Gamla Krokom, Krokom
Museums / Second hand
Feel the atmosphere of an old-world village shop! One of the oldest buildings in Krokom served as a shop from 1893 until 1965 and also as a guesthouse until 1948. At present here is a village shop museum selling local produce and nostalgia, with events and cafe´ in a traditional spirit. The building is a 19th century house with longstanding traditions, with woodstoves, old lino carpets, mirror doors and glass verandas from 1894. On offer in the shop are old-style toys in tin and wood, tapestries, bookmarks, Ja¨mtland books and produce, caramels etc. On display is also handicraft produced by local artisans. The cafe´ is located in the old downstairs kitchen. Here you can enjoy traditional coffee, homemade pastries and ‘tunnbro¨d’ sandwi- ches with goat’s cheese. During the summer you can also sit down with your coffee in the garden. On the shores of Lake Krokomsviken musical soire´es, floral nights, outdoor services are organised. Here you can also read about the Lake Storsjo¨ Monster, on three occasions spotted in the lake here. Upstairs, in what used to be the guesthouse, art and photo exhibi- tions are on display, and music events and lectures staged. Carina Grahn Hellberg receives her guests in typical costume and is happy to sing the history of the building. Gamla Lanthandeln is open year round.
Date/Period
  • 2017-01-01 – 2019-12-31   12:00 – 16:00  

Glösa Älgriket

Alsen / Glösa älgrike
Guided tours / Historical / Museums
Explore the Stone Age in Jämtland with unique rock carvings. 50 km west of Östersund (40 minutes by car) is this unique one km long outdoor museum offering you a time travel back to prehistoric times. In the Realm of the Elk – Glösa Älgriket – there is so much to explore for all the members of the family. Try Stone Age activities such as javelin. Enjoy a prehistoric snack or crawl into the winter shelter. Examine the exhibitions with copies of findings and listen to the myths, and buy a Glösa souvenir. Glösa – the hunters’ Iron Age Älgriket consists of various parts: The rock carvings in the Glösabäcken brook, Älgklanen’s camp with a Stone Age hut, and Älghallen with exhibitions about the trappers’ lives and means of transport, Stone Age-inspired refreshments and a separate exhibition about the faith of the trappers in the so-called Glöshallen. Along a marked trail is information together with an exhibition on the five-kilometre system of trapping pits in the vicinity of Glösa. The trapping pits were in use into the 1800s to trap elks. Near Glösa are various hiking trails of varying length and degree of difficulty, such as Pilgrimsleden St. Olav between Selånger and Trondheim and the local Bröllopsstigen leading steeply up to a view point. Along the trails are information boards describing the cultural history of Alsen. Glösa Älgrike, Backgården - the homestead museum in Alsen, with exhibitions, handicraft and café, and Kalkmuseet in Åse - a geology centre and a museum are all owned and managed by Alsens Hembygdsförening. Near Glösa and Backgården is Wångens Travskola, a horse-trotting school with an inn and accommodation.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Laxvikens Skogs- & Flottarmuseum

Laxviken
Historical / Museums
A guided tour around the museum with a filmshow and you will be told the whole story behind each treasure from the past. There are saws, tools photographs of forests and rafting that reminds one of the past.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Mus-Olles Museum

Ytterån, Ytterån
Museums / Cafés
A museum displaying around 150 000 cultural objects collected by a man called Mus-Olle. (Mus = mouse). The collections include packages, unusual wooden artifacts, minerals, shells, buttons, buckles, books, newspapers, stamps, envelopes, trade items, glass, labels, to name some. Open during the summer when there's also a summer café serving homemade bread. The museum is located in the scenic village Ytterån. Per-Olof Nilsson opened his museum already in 1906. He was a dedicated collector who over a period of 75 years collected 150 000 objects. When Mus-Olle, as he was called, wasn’t fishing in Lake Alsensjön, he was collecting things on his bicycle. Sometimes he traded for fresh fish, other times he used his powers of persuasion. His packaging collection is impressive. Everyone with an interest in design will enjoy the 25 000 packaging items, such as matchboxes, sweets, corn, bars of soap, perfumes, smoking tobacco, snuff, spices, coffee, stamps, printed material, porcelain, ceramics, textiles and clothing items. By the end of the 19th century, Ytterån was a famous spa resort, and the guests came to drink the ferriferous water that was supposed to cure most ailments. Mus-Olle welcomed them at the railway station before helping them to one of the five hotels or Societetshuset in the village. In recognition of his help he would be given a small gift, perhaps sweet or tobacco wrapping. He eventually learned to speak English and German and was able to converse with guests from the rest of Europe. This helped in adding to the collections fantastic items also from other countries. On his 50th birthday, Mus-Olle formed Ytterå Hembygdsförening so that the association, after his death, could look after his collections, which is still the case. The museum is located on Mus-Olle’s property, the original museum as well as the more modern one. A cozy café offers waffles and homemade bread. The museum building is adapted to the disabled and the spacious parking area may accommodate caravans or campers.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Åse Kalkmuseum och Jo-gården

Jo-Gården, Åse, Åse
Museums
Right next to the existing buildings at Jo-gården the local history association have built the Åse kalkmuseum (limestone museum) that shows the importance of limestone to Jämtland. The Jo-gårdens building is originally from 1638 and has a kitchen that has been preserved in its original condition. The newly renovated cottage to the left of this building is from the later part of the 1700's. Demonstration of stone polishing.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

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Backgården

Alsen
Buildings / Historical / Handicrafts/Woodworking
An unusual homestead museum built around 1800. There are six buildings that stand at the same place where they were built since 1850. The homestead association have restored everything. During the summer they have a café and different kinds of handicrafts. You could also rent one of the houses at Backgården if you want to have a conference, shorter courses or meetings. .
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Crystal mine at Olden

Olden
Historical
The mountain crystals in the Olden mine is at least 400 million years old. During the second world war they dug for crystals that were used in optical and teletechnical industries. Nowadays they do not do any digging but there is a lot that is still there.
Date/Period
  • 2017-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Glösa Älgriket

Alsen / Glösa älgrike
Guided tours / Historical / Museums
Explore the Stone Age in Jämtland with unique rock carvings. 50 km west of Östersund (40 minutes by car) is this unique one km long outdoor museum offering you a time travel back to prehistoric times. In the Realm of the Elk – Glösa Älgriket – there is so much to explore for all the members of the family. Try Stone Age activities such as javelin. Enjoy a prehistoric snack or crawl into the winter shelter. Examine the exhibitions with copies of findings and listen to the myths, and buy a Glösa souvenir. Glösa – the hunters’ Iron Age Älgriket consists of various parts: The rock carvings in the Glösabäcken brook, Älgklanen’s camp with a Stone Age hut, and Älghallen with exhibitions about the trappers’ lives and means of transport, Stone Age-inspired refreshments and a separate exhibition about the faith of the trappers in the so-called Glöshallen. Along a marked trail is information together with an exhibition on the five-kilometre system of trapping pits in the vicinity of Glösa. The trapping pits were in use into the 1800s to trap elks. Near Glösa are various hiking trails of varying length and degree of difficulty, such as Pilgrimsleden St. Olav between Selånger and Trondheim and the local Bröllopsstigen leading steeply up to a view point. Along the trails are information boards describing the cultural history of Alsen. Glösa Älgrike, Backgården - the homestead museum in Alsen, with exhibitions, handicraft and café, and Kalkmuseet in Åse - a geology centre and a museum are all owned and managed by Alsens Hembygdsförening. Near Glösa and Backgården is Wångens Travskola, a horse-trotting school with an inn and accommodation.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Laxvikens Skogs- & Flottarmuseum

Laxviken
Historical / Museums
A guided tour around the museum with a filmshow and you will be told the whole story behind each treasure from the past. There are saws, tools photographs of forests and rafting that reminds one of the past.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Näskotts Hembygdsgård

Näskott
Buildings / Historical
This is the first building in Jämtland that is monument marked among homestead farms the building still stands at the same place where it was built. There are 7 houses on the farm. One of the latest buildings were built around the 1850's. Café in July.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Rock carvings at Gärde, in Offerdal

Gärde
Historical
Motifs of three big moose figures. The carvings differ in age - the oldest are over 6 000 years old. The people who left these facinating trails for generations to come belonged to hunters and gatherers, who at least during the stoneage under certain periods, resided in the areas of Gärde. To the west of Gärdesjön they have found many stoneage living places and trapholes for moose at many places around the lake.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

Rönnöfors Järnbruksmuseum

Rönnöfors Järnbruk, Rönnöfors
Historical
The iron works at Rönnöfors was driven by the same owner between 1845-1883. The Blast furnase was first taken into use in 1848, and the last time in 1878. During the 30 years iron was produced in the blast furnase for 21 years altogeher. 1882 was the last year of production. Today you can visit the museum and get a guided tour.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

Skansen Klintaberg

Vid Valsjön, Valsjöbyn
Guided tours / Historical
Skansen Klintaberg is one of few Swedish fortifications from WWII. Focusing on children and youths, we want Skansen to serve as a reminder of war and the horrific wrongdoings committed against the people before and during the 1940s. Skansen Klintaberg was built during the period 12 May 1943 and 1 June 1944, thus in the latter phase of World War II. The mission for the troups located here was to stop any possible German invasion from the Norwegian side of the border. The location for the fortification was well chosen from a defensive point of view: It is situated next to the road on a steep slope leading down towards Lake Valsjön. The road, which could be easily and quickly mined, runs between Lake Valsjön and Skansen. Skansen consists of two large rock shelters and some twenty minor bulwarks. There are also various connecting alleys between the different parts of the fortification. Skansen Klintaberg was used by the Swedish military well into the 1980s. Skansen Klintaberg was named after the major who proposed its construction, Magnus Wilhelm af Klinteberg. At a level of full preparedness there would be 215 men in Skansen. The troops stemmed from Jämtland, Ångermanland, Hälsingland but also from the centre of Sweden. A tour of the fortification sheds an explanatory light over how the war affected the people in the Hotagen area in Jämtland, a mere stone’s throw from the German occupied Norway.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

The American Monument in Lien

Lien
Historical
This monument was inaugurated in october 2000 to the memory of the norwegian-american NORSO Groups airlanding in 1745. Five soldiers were by misstake let down on the Landö lake.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

Tibrandsholmen

Rödön
Hiking / Historical
The remains of the medieval castle. Tibrands islet is located at the biggest hill by the waterside. From here the most feared tax collector Tibrand ordered his bailiffs to collect taxes. Standing surety has been conducted from the late 1300's On this short walk from the parking lot to the Tibrands islet you can follow the footprints of the lake monster. At the same place there is an observation place.
Date/Period
  • 2017-01-01 – 2019-12-31   Access the whole year round, easiest during spring, summer and autumn.

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Backgården

Alsen
Buildings / Historical / Handicrafts/Woodworking
An unusual homestead museum built around 1800. There are six buildings that stand at the same place where they were built since 1850. The homestead association have restored everything. During the summer they have a café and different kinds of handicrafts. You could also rent one of the houses at Backgården if you want to have a conference, shorter courses or meetings. .
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Hembygdsgården Tunbacken

Föllinge
Buildings / Cafés
Homestead from early 1700's, with a smithy, quayside cottage, pilgrim barn from 1600's, starling barn, hay barn, etc.etc. Equipment, tools and a large collection of costumes. There is also a certain space with items after the folk musician Göran Olsson-Fölinger. Musicians, music and dansweek even called "Föllingeweek" every summer. Summer café.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

Näskotts Hembygdsgård

Näskott
Buildings / Historical
This is the first building in Jämtland that is monument marked among homestead farms the building still stands at the same place where it was built. There are 7 houses on the farm. One of the latest buildings were built around the 1850's. Café in July.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Offerdals hembygdsgård i Ede

Ede, offerdal
Buildings
This homestead farm has 14 buildings in the area close to the Offerdal church. In the summer there is a café and certain weekends during the rest of the year. A special sort of bread is baked and sold in the bakery but only during certain days.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2019-12-31  

Rönnöfors Kraftverk

Rönnöfors
Buildings / Other sights
The new power plant at Rönnöfors could be booked for a round tour for groups.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

Villa Skottland

Gunnarvattnet
Buildings
At the beginning of the 1800´s Gunnarvattnet was very popular for the Scottish Lords because of the hunting. With the help of the residents they built a hunting cottage near the waterfalls by the mountain slopes just above the village on the way to the Myrklumpen mountains. Not open for the public but if you need more information please contact us at the tourist office.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

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Alsens Church

Alsen
Churches/Chapels
Alsen church was built in 1847, but after a fire it burnt down to the ground in 1919. It was built up again in 1922-24. There are still certain items saved from the old church. The crusifix that hangs on one of the walls was skulptured by Olof Ahlberger.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

Föllinge Church

Föllinge
Churches/Chapels
Swedens most modern church with a most beautiful and unik altar painting.Summer hostesses on saturdays and sundays.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

Hotagens Church

Hotagen
Churches/Chapels
During the spring of 1852 and 1857 King Oscar allowed all the churches to take a collection which would go towards the building of Hotagens Church. The building of the church became a big project maybe too big, the church can accommodate around 500 people. I am sure that the people of Hotagen were very proud and happy when they sat in church on the 6 th of July 1862 to be a part of the blessing and opening of the Church. One of the best artists of the time was hired to build the altar and pulpit. The glas chandelier in the chancel gives you an idea that even the poor people offered a lot to see that their church was made beautiful. They paid a high price but the joy and pride over their beautiful church was even higher.
Date/Period
  • 2018-01-01 – 2020-12-31  

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