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Introducing Östersund

Sitting on the shore of the enormous Storsjön (Great Lake), Östersund is the largest town in the area, particularly famous for the local answer to Loch Ness Monster: Storsjöodjuret. The best way to appreciate Östersund is to take the footbridge across to the adjacent island of Frösön and gaze back at the city in profile, ideally around sunset. Seen in that light, this fun-loving town is hard to resist. Dedicated sightseers will stay busy, but what Östersund really encourages is relaxation: in summer, people flock to the terrace bars and cafes at the water’s edge (often hopping in for a quick dip) or idly wander the pedestrianised shopping streets in the stroll-friendly centre, stopping here and there for a beer or an ice cream.