The waterfront park is the town’s most popular stop for sunbathing and a brisk swim. In winter the lake turns into Sweden's largest ice-skating rink (rent your skates here; 160kr per day) and you can also swim in the specially cut hole in the ice further south along the waterfront before making a spirited dash to the nearby mobile sauna and spa (140kr).

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Nearby Östersund attractions

1. Storsjöhyttan

0.22 MILES

At Sweden's first Économusée (a concept originating in Quebec), you can observe the three masters of glass at work as they transform white-hot melted…

2. Frösön

0.39 MILES

Large and peaceful Frösön island sits just across the bridge from central Östersund, reachable by road and by footbridge from Badhusparken. The island…

3. Jamtli

0.56 MILES

Jamtli, 1km north of the centre, consists of two parts: the open-air museum, comprising painstakingly reconstructed wooden buildings, complete with…

4. Frösö Kyrka

3.42 MILES

Five kilometres west of the centre of Östersund is the restored, late-12th-century Frösö kyrka, with its distinctive separate bell tower, built on a…

5. Moose Garden

7.51 MILES

Head to Moose Garden, 16km southwest of Östersund, to get up close and personal with the King of the Forest – or at least, some tame ones. You get to…

6. Mus-Olles Museum

17.64 MILES

If you're into collections of stuff, this is the place to come, about 34km northwest of Östersund and1 km north of the E14. Per-Olov Nilson was a…

7. Stone Age Rock Carvings

23.57 MILES

Glösa, 40km northwest of Östersund and by the Alsensjön lake, has some of Sweden’s finest Stone Age petroglyphs. The carvings, on rock slabs beside a…