The above video was shot in Åre, Sweden in July 2016 as part of my Scandinavian tour, where I hit Sweden, Finland, and Norway in one trip!
I've talked before about how incredible a city Stockholm was, and how much I am obsessed with it to this day. But escaping into the wilderness of Åre was an absolute highlight of my trip.
It was in this little town nestled in a valley nestled in a mountain range that I got to see Tännforsens Falls, the largest waterfall in Sweden!
And as you can see in this video, it was while I was there that I took a ski lift up Mt. Åreskutan, the local mountain. This mountain is famous for being prime a winter sports location: skiing and snowboarding fanatics from around the world flock here, and from its height and terrain it's easy to see why.
The view during the summer was just as surreal and magical, and with the mountain virtually empty it made for a very good photo-op. This video literally snaps me right back into the moment on this ski lift, fresh mountain air, gorgeous weather, and a view that I truly believe was once in a life time (you know, unless I go back 😉 ).
Åre isn't one of those places you'll find as Matador Travel's secret wonderland destination because it's a small town with a non-existent party scene, few restaurants, and I think a median age of 50.
But if you're looking for a little peace and quiet, enjoy outdoor sports like boating, wave runners, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, or just plain want some good old-fashioned non-toxic air with a pleasant view, Åre will not disappoint.
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Being a mountain girl I absolutely loved your video ! Nothing compares with some fresh air surrounded by majestic mountains and forests !
I love the real hidden gems! I know everyone uses this as a cliche, but some of them are truly hidden gems! I definitely prefer city life when I’m traveling (I think it’s because I grew up on an island) but this is beautiful. I also love tiny towns, so this would be perfect.
What a peaceful and gorgeous video! Taking the ski lift up sounds like the perfect photo op! We hope to visit Sweden sometime this year!
This sounds perfect for my husband and I, because we are totally not for partying haha. It’s funny because we always make friends with people over 40 or so. So, this is something we need to check out. Thank you for sharing. Sweden seems so great.