Åreskutan 1,420 metres
Åre is a lovely village about 8 hours north of Stockholm and 2 hours from Trondheim in Norway. You will find lots of nice restaurants and hotels in the village besides from great slopes for skiing and trails for hiking. Hiking from the village up to the summit of Åreskutan is a classical hike and one of our favorites.
Starting/Finishing point: The main square in Åre village or top of cabin lift.
Distance: 8,4 kilometres one-way
Length of time: 2-3 hours one-way
Ascent/Descent: 1000 metres
Water on the way: No
Shoes to choose: Trail running shoes or hiking boots
The hike to Åreskutan
There are several options to hike to the summit of Åreskutan. Our favorite is taking the route called Östra leden (Eastern route) up and then follow one of the ski pistes down checking out the downhill bikers.
Another option is taking the cabin to the top station and then hike 2 kilometres to the summit. From there you can walk the Östra leden down. We did that hike with our kids when they were 10 and 12 years old.
Östra leden starts at the main square in Åre just in front of the Bergbanan. Walk along the road on the right side of the Bergbanan up to the hotel Fjällgården, a lovely black wooden building in traditional style.
From Fjällgården you follow route 215 all the way up. It is well signed after Fjällgården. The first part is through a birch forest. You then enter more of high mountain terrain. The trail is
really nice and brings lovely views.
The last part before you reach the summit is more difficult with large stones and a steeper ascent.
At the summit you will find a mountain hut serving waffles, coffée, hot chocolate and soft drinks.
Where to stay in Åre?
There are several really nice hotels in Åre. Besides that you can rent an apartment, stay at a hostel in the very center of the village or freecamp outside Åre.
Our favorite is Copperhill Lodge. It is a bit off from the village but it is very charming and the setting is amazing with views of Åre. It is one of my favorite hotels.
Another hotel that perhaps might be a better choice if you have small kids is Holiday Club closer to the village centre. Holiday Club has a large pool and sauna area.
Hotel Diplomat is a classical hotel and Fjällgården is perfectly situated for a skiing holiday.
Where to eat in Åre?
One of the great things about Åre is that there are lots of nice restaurants. Copperhill Lodge has a really nice restaurant.
In the village there is Supper serving really tasty smaller dishes lwith inspiration from South America and Liten Krog serving great pizzas.
Buustamon is another great restaurant that is situated along the road to Ullådalen. It is only open occasionally in Summer. In Winter it is open daily and easily reached by ski.
How to get to Åre?
There are direct trains from Stockholm to Åre. Both day and night trains. Leaving Stockholm in the evening around 9 p.m. you will arrive in Åre the next morning around 8 a.m.
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