I’ve spent the past few summers driving and hiking around Härjedalen and Jämtland, the southern part of the Swedish mountain range (fjällen). Perhaps lesser known than Lappland, it is full of wild nature, mountain peaks, waterfalls, wild orchids, reindeer – and solitude.
I have been travelling up and down these counties, breathing the free air, doing day hikes and taking pictures. All of the following places are accessible by day hike from a car road, yet I was alone at every place. Some days I’ve walked for hours without meeting another person, and mostly had the road to myself as well. Most visitors come for winter skiing, but I say summer is the best time for visiting Härjedalen and Jämtland.
Wild orchid at Fallmoran shieling (fäbod)
Sonfjället above the clouds
Lappspira (Pedicularis lapponica) at Hamrafjället
Reindeer calf at the top of Hamrafjället
Rhodiola rosea (arctic root, rosenrot) at the foot of Helags
Flatruet: stone age rock paintings, about 4000-6000 years old
Reindeer on the road to Funäsdalen
Djävulshålet (devil’s hole) near Ljungdalen and Tossåsen
Fettjeåfallet, between Vemdalen and Klövsjö
View from Skorvdalsfjället, Vemdalen (Sonfjället at the horizon to the right)
Reindeer on the path to Helags
Wild orchid at the foot of Hamrafjället
Half of Fettjeåfallet, between Vemdalen and Klövsjö
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