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Tännforsen, part of the river Indalsälven

Photo: Anna Öhlund

The Indalsälven is one of Sweden’s longest rivers at 420 kilometres long. It runs through the mountains of western Jämtland towards the Bothnian Sea.

The part of the river Indalsälven that flows through the valley of Åre comes from streams connected to Lake Ånnsjön. The river winds its way through Tångböleströmmen and Lake Gevsjön to meet Gevsjöströmmen, another tributary that originates from the Norwegian border further north. From there, it continues through the Bodsjösundet into Lake Tännsjön, whose outlet goes via the mighty Tännforsen.

Further after it flows through the strait of Drottningsundet into Lake Östernoren. Runs further past reaching Duved where the water changes its name to the Duvedsälven. It glides past Tegeforsen and changes its name again to Åreälven, better known as Lake Åresjön. The stream and rivers from Lake Åresjön, are collected from Mt. Åreskutan. Continuing past the Brattland stream and Undersåkersälven, jumping down the Ristafallen, runs further out into Järpströmmen where Lake Kallsjön meets up and joins the Indalsälven, which then runs all the way to the Bothnian Sea at Klingerfjärden.

Along the river and in the surrounding waters there are infinite possibilities to get active.

💦 The fishing waters close to Åre are gathered and described on Åreälvens Fiske, with directions where you can buy fishing permit.

💦 Spring time when the snow melts it’s high season for Åre’s world class river rafting. The more water the better according to those who know. Try it yourself and be the judge!

💦 Somewhat more tranquil is gliding across mirror glassed lakes and still, winding rivers on a SUP-board or in a kayak, a true bucket-list experience.

💦 The most available is still to visit one of the breathtaking waterfalls around Åre and just feel the power of the water through your body.

Last updated 7 August 2023