Härjedalen, Latinized form Herdalia, is a province in Norrland, Sweden. With only 10,500 inhabitants, it is Sweden's least populous province (landskap). Sveg is the largest town, and the seat of Härjedalen municipality, roughly corresponding to the province, and belonging to Jämtland County.
Sweden annexed Härjedalen from Norway in 1645, during the height of the Swedish Empire. Forestry and peat extraction became important during the 19th century. In recent decades the ski resorts have become the most successful businesses.
Härjedalen is known as the only Swedish province (landskap) without a city (stad). Sveg was merely a town (köping), though there is no practical distinction between the titles since 1971, where all of Sweden was divided into municipalities.
- Sveg, with a population of about 3,000, is the municipal centre.
- Vemdalen [dead link] a ski resort. The three ski areas are Vemdalsskalet, Klövsjö-Storhogna and Björnrike. Most slopes are easy, and suitable for families and beginners.
- 1 Härjedalen Sveg Airport (EVG IATA). The regional gateway has two daily connections with Stockholm (stop-over in Mora) on weekdays and one on Sundays.
- To western Härjedalen, the Røros airport in Norway can be used. Flights from Oslo. A car should be rented. Some ski resorts offer taxi transfer, ask them.
- Inlandsbanan is a non-electrified railway, with daily passenger trains during summer. These tourist trains are slow but passes through wonderful scenery on their way. In the winter, the nearest service by train is Ljusdal which can be accessed by bus.
Sveg is also served by regular but not frequent bus service.
- Härjedalingen is a bus line from Stockholm through Uppsala and Gävle, calling at most settlements in Härjedalen.
- Buses from Mora or Ljusdal, which have train connections.
- Car is the most suitable travel method in this sparsely populated area. Rental cars can be had at Rent in Sveg AB.
- There are some local buses see Läns trafiken Jämtland and the Resrobot search engine.
While Härjedalen has few cultural attractions, the sceneries are great.
Outdoor life: Winter sports, hiking and fishing. See hiking in the Nordic countries and Winter in the Nordic countries. Those interested in history may want to check out the church and cemetery, as well as the Gammelgarden Museum in Sveg.
The few shopping opportunities in the province can be found in Sveg.
Respectable food is served at the Myskoxen which is located near the center of Sveg. Groceries can be had at the Konsum.
Nightlife in Härjedalen is seasonal, and comes with the skiers. Alcohol is served at the Myskoxen, and one or two other places.
Most lodging can be found at the ski resorts. Sveg has three hotels, including Myskoxen and at the Lilla Hotellet.
|Routes through Härjedalen|
|Gällivare ← Östersund (187 km) ←||N S||→ Orsa (125 km) → Karlstad|