Storlien is a saddle point in the Scandinavian mountains, and the highest point on Saint Olaf's Way, a pilgrim route in use since the 12th century.
In Swedish history, it is infamous for a failed military campaign at the new year on 1718 and 1719, where Lieutenant Carl Gustaf Armfeldt led thousands on men back from Norway, into a blizzard where most of them froze to death.
As the railway was built in the 1880s, Storlien emerged as a prestigious resort. The Royal Family has a house here. During the late 20th century, it has been in the shade of the more developed resort in Åre. As living costs in Norway have become the world's highest, Storlien has a retail trade out of all proportion to its small size.
Storlien is at the Swedish-Norwegian border. Both countries are part of the Schengen area, normally without any border checks.
The Storlien railway station is higher above sea level than any other in Sweden.
At the airport you take the local train to Hell and get off just 3 minutes later (or walk). In Hell, you take the NSB train direct to Storlien railway station; it's worth checking the time of departures from Hell as the train only runs twice a day (in both directions). Generally there is a morning train at around 08:00 and an evening train at around 17:00. Avoid arriving at Hell station too far in advance as it is far less comfortable than waiting a few hours in a café at Vaernes airport. There is also a shopping centre between the airport and Hell.
Åre Östersund airport (OSD IATA): There are domestic flights operating daily from Stockholm to Åre Östersund Airport There are also charter flights from London, Moscow, Helsinki and Copenhagen in winter time.
You can charter a helicopter to pick you up at Vaernes Airport in Trondheim, Norway or at Åre-Östersund Airport on Frösön. The largest operator in Östersund is Jämtlands Flyg which has helicopters for 3-6 passengers.
You will easily reach Storlien by taking the E14 that passes right through the village.
It's a small village where almost everything is within walking distance.
If you don't want to walk you can call "Wänseths buss" for a taxi.
- 1 Brudslöjan (Bride's veil) (4 km from Storlien). A beautiful waterfall with a 24 m drop.
- Printzskiöldsmonumentet (By the Skurdalssjön lake). a 1907 memorial to two brothers who died when skiing in a snowstorm.
- 2 Rensjösäterns jaktvilla (16 km north of Storlien). This "Pink Castle" is a hunting lodge from the 1880s. It is privately owned, and the interior is therefore not open to visitors.
- 3 Stenen i grönan dal (The stone in the green valley) (By the Skurdalssjön lake, 5 km from Storlien). A strange looking stone which, due to its location near the Trondheim pilgrimage route, has been a tourist attraction since the middle ages.
- 4 Stora Helvetet. A railway embankment located 300 meters from the border. The name means "Big Hell" and is named after troubles during construction in year 1877. It has caused big problems also year 2012-2018, there is a risk of it being destroyed in a landslide, so it is being rebuilt into bridge during 2017-2018.
- Mountain climbing.
- Biking (flat areas or uphill and downhill, mountain biking).
- Fishing (great fishing, summer and winter).
- Hunting mushrooms and berries.
- 1 Meråkerfjell Ridesenter, Ivarsmyra (Located on the Norwegian side of the border), ☏ . Go riding on Icelandic horses.
- 2 Rypetoppen adventurepark (Located on the Norwegian side of the border), ☏ . An outdoor climbing and adventure zone with rope-ways and zip-lines.
Winter snow sports
- Ice-skating (on the autumn just before the snow arrives).
- Snowmobiling. 3 Wänseth buss Storlien, Vintergatan 17, ☏ . and 4 Superpris, Vargvägen 2, ☏ . rent out snow mobiles.
- 5 Storlien Alpine Center, Vintergatan 72, ☏ . Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and ski touring. The alpine ski area's vertical drop is 191 metres, which is less than other Scandinavian ski resorts such as Åre and Duved, but suitable for children and beginners.
- 1 Coop extra, Vintergatan 4, ☏ . The main supermarket, also selling alcohol on pre-order.
- 2 Storliens sportcenter, Vintergatan 72, ☏ . A sports shop that is selling and renting skiing equipment.
- 3 Superpris, Vargvägen 2, ☏ . A filling station and supermarket focused on Norwegian customers, with products subject to high taxes and tariffs in Norway; eg: beer, sweets, soft drinks, meat, etc. They also sell fishing supplies.
- 4 [formerly dead link] Viltboden, Vintergatan 27 (In the railway-station), ☏ . Information centre and a store that sells everything that the hiker needs.
There are also supermarkets, design shops, fishing stores, etc.
- 1 Flammans skafferi, Vintergatan 46, ☏ .
- 2 Le Ski Restaurant & Night Club, Vintergatan 25, ☏ .
- 3 Rödluvan, Vintergatan 72. A family owned tavern.
- 4 Sylvias Kanonbar, Vintergatan 21, ☏ .
Storlien certainly has a nightlife during ski season, though nothing like Åre.
- Le Ski
- 1 Fjäll-Lien, Vintergatan 70, ☏ . A cabin-rental service.
- 2 [dead link] Fjällyor Hotel, Vintergatan 24, ☏ .
- 3 Le Ski Lodge, Vintergatan 25, ☏ .
- 4 Storliens Högfjällshotell, Geijerbacken 10, ☏ . The largest hotel.
- 5 Storlien Service, Vintergatan 52, ☏ . A cabin-rental service.
- Norway (Nord-Trøndelag) is 2 kilometres from Storlien.
- Åre, with more ski slopes, is the centre of Åre Municipality.
- Östersund, is the only major city in Jämtland.
|Routes through Storlien|
|Trondheim ← Stjørdalshalsen ←||W E||→ Åre → Sundsvall|