Photo: Anette Andersson
Green is good. Hey June!
After a sunny May full of ski touring and sun bathing on the mountain, this year’s first official summer month is here. The snow is melting at a raging speed on the mountain and nature shines in greenest greens. The evenings are long and bright and you never really want to go to bed. So, take advantage of June in the best way possible – here are our tips:
Go Downhill biking
June 6th is the long-awaited season premiere for Åre Bike Park. After that the trails around the WC lift are open Thursday – Sunday until June 20th, when all the lifts start running and the high zone bike trails are open.
Soak up the light
June offers long bright nights where the birds chirp non-stop, the clock’s hands don’t matter and it feels like you never want to go to bed. Make the most of these moments – run through the mountains, bathe in a tarn, do yoga on a mountain peak or just enjoy the silence.
Nothing tastes as good as outdoor cooking seasoned with a beautiful view. Fry a Swedish kolbulle or grill a hot dog. Cook coffee over an open fire, or try out on another Swedish classic – the chocolate-filled banana that you put right on the grill? Yum!
Try rafting if you’re looking for some adrenaline, the rapids are great fun in June due to all the melted snow. If you want to find the peace of a glassy lake, try SUP or kayaking as an alternative. There are water activities for all levels – here is a guide to help you find the right activity for the day.
The mountain opens
Mt. Åreskutan stands where she stands, all year round. But on June 20th, all the summer lifts will be running making it easy to get up on mountain to hike, bike, admire the views and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Photo: Jonas Kullman
Photo: Emrik Jansson
Photo: Åre Destination
Photo: Åre Destination
Åre Extreme Challenge
The Nordic region’s first and largest multi-sports competition is held on June 27th for the 23rd year in a row. The competition has grown larger every year and now attracts over 600 participants – everything from happy amateurs to the world elite in multisport. The actual events involve 25 km of paddling from the Indalsälven or Lake Åresjön, 17 km of running from Åre Square via Mt. Åreskutan’s peak down to Huså and 30 km cycling back to Åre Square. Choose between solo, duo or team (relay) class. The elite class finish the course just under five hours and the rest of the participants between six to ten hours from the same course. All equally exhausted – and happy!
Enjoy a cup of coffee
Award-winning coffee and sinfully delicious pastries – who can say no to a coffee break in the spring sun? In Åre, there are no fewer than four cafés in the 2019 White Guide. So, it’s just a matter of starting at the top and working your way down the list.
In recent years, yoga in the village has literally exploded. You’ll find yoga on water, in the mountain and in studios. Ashtanga. Hatha. Kundalini. Yin. Global. Senior. SUP-yoga. Beloved yoga has many forms and we promise you’ll find your favourites here.
Midsommar på Årevis
Celebrate a quiet midsummer 1420 meters above sea level. Lace up your boots, pack a herring lunch and take the cable car to the top. Aim for a beautiful picnic area and then enjoy the view and tranquillity. Another option is to visit Hembygdsgården and Fröå Gruva to celebrate a traditional midsummer with dancing around the midsummer pole and a picnic with the mountain Åreskutan as a backdrop.
Take a tour
Åre is filled with creative souls. Good craftsmen with open workshops and small factories. So, jump into the car and take a ride. We’ve made it easy for you and put together a guide – Handicraft tour in Åredalen.
Last updated 13 December 2019