Our camp Thrymheim is located between the Swedish provinces of Jämtland and Dalarna. It is one of the most uninhabited regions in Europe. If you want to escape the stress of civilization for a few days, you will definitely get your money’s worth here. The surrounding area is characterized by fell landscapes, endless forests and numerous bodies of water. While the fells and forests are very inviting for hiking or mountain biking in summer, in winter they offer us the ideal location for dog sledding tours, cross-country skiing, snowshoe hikes and excursions with snowmobiles with their many groomed and ungroomed trails. With a little luck you will meet moose, reindeer, deer or mountain hares. But brown bears, luxe, wolverines, wolves, foxes and various birds of prey are also at home here.
In the warmer months (June – August), the region is increasingly becoming an insider tip for motorcyclists. Little to no traffic on the country roads allows you to perceive nature even more intensively.
Anglers will also find an abandoned paradise here all year round. We rarely meet other people on our fishing trips and when the fishing reel isn’t whirring all you can hear is the water, the wind and birds. In the immediate vicinity you will find both standing and flowing water. Spin fishing, fly fishing and night fishing are particularly popular. The most common fish are pike, perch and trout. Feel free to ask us about our favorite spots. You can also book us as fishing guides on a daily or weekly basis. The appropriate fishing permits and regional bait, with which we have had good experiences, can be conveniently purchased from us on site.
The region is one of the most snow-sure in Europe during winter. Hidden behind the Norwegian mountains, we don’t receive the warm air from the Gulf Stream, and temperatures can drop to below -30 degrees. Once snow has fallen, it often remains until the end of April, covering large areas. However, it is usually a very dry cold, which makes it feel much more pleasant. Even in winter, it doesn’t get completely dark here. During the two darkest weeks of the year (around Christmas), the sun rises around half-past 9 and sets again after 2 pm. The snow also strongly affects the brightness. All light is reflected sparklingly, and when the moon is clearly visible in the sky, it is often possible to do without the use of lamps. We usually see the Northern Lights from January, and they are most pronounced from February to the end of March. This requires suitable weather conditions and, of course, looking towards the sky at the right time. This unpredictability certainly contributes, along with the spectacle of colors, to the appeal of the Northern Lights.
From late April to mid-May, the great snow melt begins. Waters thaw, bears start foraging, and nature gradually turns green. While there can still be light frost at night until the end of May, it can reach up to 25 degrees on sunny days. It gets warmer in June and July. It no longer freezes at night, the ground is warmed, and the edges of the forests are adorned with colorful wildflowers. During the day, it is often pleasantly warm and dry, making it inviting for a swim in one of the rivers or lakes. Around midsummer, it also becomes progressively less dark at night. For a few days, it only gets dusky at night, making it almost easy to forget about time.
Just like in the rest of Sweden, there are mosquitoes here in the summer. We will gladly show you how to enjoy long summer evenings outdoors without needing a lot of mosquito spray or getting bitten. From August, there may be occasional frosty nights again. It is the season for forest berries and mushrooms. Besides blueberries and raspberries, there are especially lingonberries and the sought-after cloudberries. Mushroom pickers can delight in plenty of porcini mushrooms, birch boletes, chanterelles, yellowfoot mushrooms, and trumpet chanterelles.
In September and October, we gradually transition back to winter. A mystical aura often covers the land, and during a morning walk, you can often observe how the fog slowly withdraws from the forests. From November, winter conditions can already set in. It marks the season of extremely colorful sunsets and snow. That’s when we start our sledding trips with our sled dogs, and you can join us.
NATIONAL PARK HAMRA
About 1 h away / Winter & Summer
Ancient forests, quiet moors and white water
A hike among the ancient pines is like stepping back in time to when the forests were like they used to be. There are untouched moors and lichen-covered trees, some of which are over 400 years old. Nature in Hamra National Park can be experienced all year round – in hiking boots or on a dog sled. Nya Hamra National Park was established in 2011, significantly expanding the old park and awarding it the “Gold Crown”, the symbol of national parks. (Source)
NATIONAL PARK SONFJÄLLET
About 1h, 40 min away / Winter & Summer
Home of the Bears
In solitary majesty and beautiful form, Mount Sonfjället towers over the forests of the central Härjedalen valley. The mountain and the forests surrounding it are known to be one of the most important refuges for bears in Scandinavia. It is also an area of unusually distinct and well-preserved geological features formed by post-glacial meltwater. (Source)
NATIONAL PARK FULUFJÄLLETS
About 1 h, 15 min away / Winter & Summer
Dramatic waterfalls, jungle and colorful lichens
Fulufjället National Park offers unusual mountain experiences. Here you can observe Sweden’s largest animals, explore the vastness of the countryside on cross-country skis or snowmobiles – or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on a reindeer skin. (Source)
about 1h 10 min. away / Winter
The ski resort Lofsdalen is located in the province of Jämtland (Jämtlands län) (Sweden, Northern Sweden). 27 km of slopes are available for skiing and snowboarding. 9 lifts transport the guests. The winter sports area is at an altitude of 633 to 1,125 m. Lofsdalen has the longest floodlit slope in the world. Night skiing is possible here on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Since the 2013/14 season, two modern six-seater chairlifts have opened up almost the entire ski area.
INDOOR SWIMMING LILLHÄRDAL
About 5 min. away / Winter & Summer
Address: Ängebyvägen 2, 840 80 Lillhärdal, Schweden
WITCH MUSEUM LILLHÄRDAL
About 5 min away / Winter & Summer
In 1673 Stor Märit died at the stake. The young woman was the first to be executed as an alleged witch in Sweden. The scene was our little village Lillhärdal. The witch center was opened there in 2007. The museum commemorates the 350 women who died in Sweden in the name of the church. A monument commemorates the unfortunate women.
Address: Härjulfs väg 4, Lillhärdal, Sweden