Vemdalen Travel Guide

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  There is much to see and do all year round in the friendly wilderness of Vemdalen. Situated on the mountain slopes by thetree line, and only around 1 km from each other, are three large mountain establishments, very different in character and look. There is luxurious Björnrike, classical Vemdalsskalet and Storhogna with its winter gardens. In the valley far below is Vemdalen with Veman river. Vemdalen is a charming little village. Its central feature is an interesting octagonal rococo timber church, built in 1763. There is also a heritage farm with buildings several hundred years old. Many festivities take place here - Midsummer festivals, music evenings, handicraft exhibitions, heritage festivals etc.

Visit the village market, which is open every Thursday in July, and for one whole week in August. Vemdalsveckan festival and Flygets Dag (Aviation Day) take place in week 28. The Country Festival and the Propaganda trotting races also take place in August. Try local specialities such as "flötgröt" porridge, "kolbullar" dumplings and "tunnbröd" bread. 

South of the village further down the valley lies Vemhån. There is an old customs and excise station from 1867 at Sömmlingsbäcken. Here, the local homespun materials were stamped for tax. This is now the station of its kind left in Sweden. At Busklandet, visitors will find excellent natural bathing.

Härjedalen's first wind-powered electricity plant is situated in Rodovälen, and Storvånd-tjärn is a veritable anglers' paradise, complete with barbecues and shelters. Tönningssten, a giant boulder 1.5 km from Vemhån in the direction of Sveg, is also popular with sightseers.

In the Vemdalen region man has, since time immemorial, understood how to care for his environment and known how to live in harmony with nature. Go for a beaver safari, and take a closer look at these master builders from your canoe. Or what about a canoe trip on your own down the river Veman.

A visit to a bear's den is another unique adventure, or perhaps you prefer to wander around looking for wild strawberry places, both real and metaphorical ones. Look for hunting pits, wander along the nature paths and 180 km of marked trails, and all for free!

Summer in Vemdalen is a summer of endless possibilities. Only a fraction of
what is on offer can be covered here. WELCOME!

Dream fishing
Fishing is a family activity that can be enjoyed all the year. Here, there are numerous mountains and forests with a variety of fishing waters -easily accessible lakes and tarns, as well as rivers and streams. Veman's giant graylings provide a real challenge even to the most experienced angler. Last year, the owner of Vemhåns Fiskecamp introduced a very popular pike-angling contest, and some 300 pike, the biggest weighing in at over 10 kg, were caught here. Härjedalen's fishing championships are also popular.

Fishing
Fishing trips arranged by the Tourist Office from July to mid-August.
Tel. 0684-302 70. Ekbergs Fiske 0684-300 36.
Varggransstugan cabin 905 m above sea level, road all the way up.
Fishing. Vemdalscampen Put-and-take fishing 0684-302 00.
Vemåns Fishing Camp,0684-400 27.
Boating & Canoeing Vålkojan, 0684-320 41.
Vemdalscampen, 0684-302 00
Vemhåns Fiskecamp, 0684-400 27.
Härjedalen has the area's only fishing museum, with over 1,000 exhibits for visitors to admire. Order a brochure from Härjedalens Fiske or the local Tourist Office, 0684-302 70.

Golf
Klövsjö-Vemdalens Golfclub 18+9-hole course, 0682-234 94
Sonfjällsgolf in Hede, 9+9-hole course, 0684-411 42

Cycling
There are many new cycling trails with rest places throughout Härjedalen.
Get your map from the Tourist Office and hire a bike in Vemdalen.

Thrills & Adventures
Beaver safari by canoe arranged by Tourist Office from July to mid-August
Tel: 0684-302 70 Bear-den spotting

Horse Riding
Vemdalens Ridskola, 0684-305 38.
Trumvallens Fjällridning mountain rides, 0684-310 72, 070-663 49 05.
Vemdalens Islandshästar, Floda Gård, Ann Lorentsson, 0684-304 29.

Swimming
Vemdalscampen 0684-302 00. Vemhån natural beach.
Hedeviken natural beach. Hede Camping, swimming pool with slide.

How to get there
The weekend coach "Härjedalingen" leaves for Vemdalen from the City
Terminal in Stockholm.
Tel. 0684-410 79. Car hire 0684-301 55.

Sightseeing & Excursions
For instance:
Octagonal 18th century church, Vemdalen's timber church from 1763, the
rococo period. One of Sweden's most beautiful churches.
Varggransstugan 905 m above sea level, road to the peak, fishing.
"Nybyggarna", statue over the first settlers by Vemdalen church
Heritage centre, Vemdalen, Hovdestugan, cable car, July
Vadmalsstampen, Vemhån, Härjedalens Sportfiskemuséum, angling museum, Håvägen Vemdalen. Atelje Konst & Sånt, handicraft, Lövåsgatan Vemdalen.
For further information phone the Tourist Office Turistbyrån för info.
Tel. 0684-302 70, fax 0684-303 30

Service & Shopping
ICA, Statoil petrol station, florist, sports shop, gift shop, pools, ATG horse-race betting, bakery, Vemdaliahuset, furniture manufacturer, handicraft, antique shop, village pub, pizzeria, guest house, pharmacy, hairdressing, kiosk with off-licence.

Events this summer
Handicraft days in July, every Wednesday at the heritage centre in Vemdalen, 0684-303 36
Market days, July, every Thursday in Vemdalen. Vemdal festival week, week 28. A week full activities, auctins, markets, theme days, children's day, music evenings. Heritage festival with "flötgröt" porridge, games & competitions, folk musicians, barn dance, football, Aviation Day, and more. Propaganda trotting races, Björnvalla. 13-14/8 Country Festival, featuring Vanda Jackson. Horses, music and barbecue.

If you need help Accidents and emergency...... 112 Health service info 063-13 44 00 Police 0684-100 35 Pharmacy 0684-300 33 Health Centre 0684-168 00 Dentist 112 Vehicle recovery 0684-301 80 Banks: FöreningsSparbanken 0684-302 52

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: www.vemdalen.nu

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