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Towards the waffles!

Photo: Anette Andersson

4 x Ski Trails to Swedish 'fika'

Go skiing for fika*! Fika is a must when you visit Åre and the coffee and whatever you chose to have on the side always tastes better after you’ve had to work for it. Here are some tips on where you can go to during your tour – and cross-country ski tour. 

*Swedish fika is basically coffee or tea, or maybe soda or juice, with something usually sweet on the side such as cake or waffles. It can also be a semi-lunch consisting of said beverages and a slice of bread with toppings. 

#1 Lillåstugan

Lillåstugan is located about two kilometres from Ullådalen’s top parking and a perfect destination to go skiing for fika. It is a family run waffle hut that serves coffee, sandwiches, goulash and other homemade tasty treats based on the family’s recipes.

The track is groomed for classic skiing, but as it is a popular tour, the track is usually a bit trampled. If you want to work a bit harder on your way there, there is a trail called till lillåstugan långa turen, which is groomed for skate. Follow the 5-kilometer trail north after heading past Ullån. Keep left after the long uphill towards Mullfjället, then follow the signs to Lillåstugan down towards Åresjön again.

How to get there: Park your car at the upper parking lot in Ullådalen or take the ski bus to Rödkullen and walk from there (the distance is circa 2 kilometres). Take aim for Mullfjället (the opposite peak from Mt. Åreskutan) and follow the trail across the Ullån rapid. Keep to your left and follow the signs towards Lillåstugan (there’s also a sign close to the parking lot). You can also reach Lillåstugan while alpine skiing: Make a right turn at the Fjällvallsliften valley station in Tegefjäll and follow the track down to the hut. On your way back there’s a transport track to Tegeliften in Tegefjäll.

Find the track at arecrosscountry.com

 

Lillåstugans Waffle cabin.

Åre Destination

Waffle at Lillåstugan.

Åre Destination

Bergstugan in Fröå Gruva.

Niclas Vestefjell

Vite Renen offers yummy "fika".

Niclas Vestefjell

#2 Bergstugan

Bergstugan is situated in the old mining village in Fröå on the “other side” of Mt. Åreskutan. It’s a typical Swedish red house with white details that provides a homely feeling. Everything is made from scratch and there is a lunch buffet with salads, waffles, sandwiches and coffee, all served daily.

Follow the 10-kilometre trail from Björnen’s cross-country centre (Åre XC Arena) and keep a look out for the Bergstugan sign about halfway. From there, follow the cross-marked trial over the old Fröå road across to the new Fröå road then up towards the mine. To get back to Björnen, re-connect with the original 10-kilometre trail and continue on until you come back to Björnen’s cross-country trail centre.

How to get there: Park at the Åre XC Arena in Björnen and follow the 10-kilometre trail. About halfway, turn left and follow the signs to Bergstugan, Fröå Gruva. You can also drive there: Continue along the new Fröå road past Åre XC Arena. Drive for a few kilometres and look for a sign pointing you to the left and up to Fröå Gruva.

#3 Vita Renen

On the other side of Lake Åresjön there’s a beautiful peak called Renfjället. On its southern face lies the Vita Renen restaurant. If you’re thinking of skiing there from Åre, it’s better to go by snowmobile. You can also drive to Edsåsdalen and start from there. You can either tour all the way down from the village or you can hop on the trail at Ravinbanan Mountain Station. From here it’s an easy uphill climb for about 3 kilometres. Another option is to be towed or take a ride in the snowmobile sleigh all the way up. Vita Renen is open when the ski lifts at the top of the mountain are open so check the opening hours on the Edsåsdalen’s website before heading out.

Everything at Vita Renen is home-made and they offer lunch, à la carte and coffee. There’s a large veranda overlooking the south of Årefjällen and a lovely place to have a break at on a sunny and snowy spring day. Why not take a snowmobile here directly from Åre? Either with your own snowmobile and valid track card from VÄSEK or on a guided tour. If you’re taking a snowmobile from Edsåsdalen, it’s the Edsåsdalen’s snowmobile track pass that applies.

How to get there: From Åre, drive east on the E14. Turn downwards at the first exit to Undersåker (at XL Bygg). Keep to your right across the railroad and make a right turn just after the bridge, towards Edsåsdalen. Park close to the Köja Fjällhotell and Edsåsdalens Sportbod (the sports shop). Ravinliften is the lift just above the sports shop.

#4 Waffles Over Open Fire at Fröå Camp

Swedish waffles are more or less a must-have in Swedish food culture. And the best way of having them is to fry them over an open fire together with friends and/or family. In Fröå Camp (Fröålägret) you can do just that. Ski in via Åre XC Arena or the Fröå mining area and make your way to the camp where you will get a seat by an open fire and all the ingredients needed to create a super cosy, 1,5 hours waffle experience. 

You can go by car and park at the Åre XC Arena and then ski via the so called Fäbodturen which you can see in the map below (see link) to Fröå Camp. You can also take the ski bus to Björnen and walk the short distance to Åre XC Arena so you won’t have to take the car and think about parking etcetera. You can also start your tour at the Fröå mining area from which the trail only measures circa 800 metres – a good choice if you are bringing children with you.

How to get there: Alternative 1 – Start at Björnen’s cross-country centre (Åre XC Arena) and ski via the old Fröå Road (Gama Fröåvägen), which is also called Fäbodturen. The distance is circa 2,5 kilometres. Click here for map >> Alternative 2 – Make your way to Fröå Gruva and go via the old Fröå Road (Gamla Fröåvägen/Fäbodturen), 800 metres to Fröå Camp. Click here for map >>

PLEASE NOTE that you need to book your waffle experience in advance. Find out more about the activity and contact details here >>

Last updated 26 March 2021

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