Photo: Lisa Johansson
10 x February Tips
In February the sun finally stays up a little longer and we have the chance to enjoy sparkling snow and fantastic skiing. But, if you do not feel like spending all your time in the slopes or cross-country skiing, there’s so much more to do in Åre. Here are ten of our best activity tips for February!
Bring the Child’s Mind to Life – Play in the Snow
There’s so much snow in Åre right now. And you should enjoy it, not just in the slopes. Make a snow cave, dig a bivouac, make snow angels, have Swedish fika in a snow pit or have a snowball fight (make sure to keep your distance) – the options are close to endless! Use your imagination or be inspired by Åre’s activity operators (scroll down in the link to find the operators) who offer ice sculpting, snow shoe hiking and more. Remember, we’re never too old to play.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day ❤️
While some may think this day is no more than a commercial stunt, we all really believe it’s a nice opportunity to show the people you love some extra appreciation. Eat something nice, surprise that special someone with a day at the spa, or just cosy-up in the lift. Do you have a hard time imagining what to do? Check out our Valentine’s Day Guide here.
See a Waterfall – or Two
As the weather becomes a little milder and the days grow longer, February is a perfect time to visit some of the sights in and around Åre. Tännforsen is Sweden’s largest waterfall and a majestic sight, winter or summer. Ristafallet is a bit smaller but closer to Åre and also a very impressive sight. Both waterfalls are easily assessable and well worth a visit. Don’t forget to pack some lunch! It’s a great thing to sit by the waterfall and eat. Make a lunch pack at home, using local Åre products of course, or bring something from one of Åre’s many restaurants and cafés.
Sleep in an Igloo
This is a true nighttime adventure! Igloo Åre is located approximately 300 meters east of the VM8:an mountain station which means you don’t need to put your skis on to get there, but of course you can if you want to. Stay overnight in their igloos on beds made of snow (a reindeer fell and sleeping bag is included in the price), eat a five course dinner and take a bath under the night sky. If you’re in luck, you might get a visit from some of the reindeer that wander around on Åreskutan.
Take a break!
Check into one of Åre’s spas. Enjoy the assortment of treatments, swim or heat up in a pool or sauna. Focus on relaxing, filling up with energy and increase your well-being for a while.
Alpine Ski Touring
Visit a Waterfall - or two
Photo: Niclas Vestefjell
Take a ride on the funicular
Photo: Åre Bergbana
Have a Taste of Åre
Photo: Åre Chokladfabrik
Make a Culinary Trip
There are a lot of people making their own produce in Åre valley (Åredalen). Beer is being brewed, coffee beans are roasted, bread is being baked, chocolate pralines are being made and much more. Make a culinary trip through Åre valley (Åredalen) to experience some really great food >>
Winter Break Bonanza
Feel like filling your days with something else than alpine skiing? Åre has a lot to offer for children and grown ups alike. This year, most activities are a bit different, but you can still zipline through the trees, visit JumpYard, enjoy the calm in Ullådalen, take a waffle-tour or swim at Holiday Club. Click here for more inspiration about what you can do in Åre >>
Dance with the Dogs
With the amount of snow we have this year, dog sledding will be an extra amazing way of getting through snow covered forests, sparkling mires and grand mountain landscapes. You will be well tucked-in and can just sit back and enjoy the silence, which is only broken by the barking of excited dogs. Or you can steer the sled yourself!
Riverlodge Huskys, Åre Sleddog Adventures, Puls Camp Åre and Åreguiderna offer slightly different arrangements such as family trips, evening trips, two-hour trips, dinner trips or longer overnight trips. Try running a team yourself or just enjoy the ride. Whatever you choose, dog sledding is a real bucket list experience!
Ski Touring in the Ski System
Alpine Ski Touring is a way of exercising and enjoying the outdoors which grows every year. This season, the ski system operator SkiStar has prepared a number of trails for ski touring within the ski system, at night or during the day. Find out all you need to know about this lovely skiing experience here >>
Of course, you don’t need to stay within the system. There are guided tours for alpine ski touring in and around Åre. Click the link above and scroll down to read more.
Munch in Semlor
Semlan, or the Semla, or Hot Wall, is a Swedish delicacy you should not miss. It’s made out of sweet bread, cream, icing sugar and almond paste – yum! The traditional way of eating it is with warm milk but some prefer the drier version. This pastry has a special day in Sweden which happens on February 16th this year. Join the celebration at one of Åre’s many cafés >>
Last updated 23 February 2021