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Tips for May in Åre

You may be able to put away your winter coat for the season, you may not. The May weather can be fickle but May is also a time for contrasts. Go skiing on snow covered mountain tops in the morning, have a sit-down on a nice patio and enjoy the sun in the afternoon. May, and the beginning of June, is a calmer period in Åre and some of the local businesses have limited opening hours. But that only means more space and calmer pace for you! Make the most of May with our tips below. 

Do you want tips on how to travel to Åre? Click here. And find out more about accommodation in Åre here

Raise Your Pulse with Holiday Club

From May 6 to May 9 you can participate in Holiday Club’s Padel Weekend where you can combine courses and tournaments with awesome nature experiences, good food, outdoor gym workouts and bathing facilities. Take the chance to practice your skills for the benefit of your body and mind (and to make the orthopedist happy).


Padel Tennis is one of the fastest growing sports in Sweden and, naturally, you can enjoy this pacey activity in Åre as well. It’s great fun and a good workout so book a course and paddle on! Find booking and opening hours here.

Make an Effort

It’s called plogga: A combination of the Swedish words plocka (to pick) and jogga (to jog). You just bring a trash bag with you so that you can collect trash while you’re out on a run. But of course, you don’t have to run. You can walk or bicycle, or whatever you like. This is the perfect time for plogging as the trash now thaws out. And it’s really not very nice (and, of course, not good for the environment). So contribute your time and go “plogga” on your own or with friends, or participate in one of the Plogga movement’s events.

Experience the Spring Flood

The spring flood is one of the most powerful natural phenomena you may experience in the mountains. And after a winter which has had a lot of precipitation (in one form or another) it is extremely powerful. Visit our most impressive waterfalls to see the spring force its way through the valley.

Can’t Get Enough of Ski Touring

Ski Touring is never wrong when the weather is right. That’s why this tip is on the May list as well. At this time of year you can experience the exotic feeling of skiing in the morning and spend the afternoon in a sun pit with fika, or enjoying a good drink on a sun-drenched patio. To be able to enjoy cross-country or ski touring skiing in May you may need to find trails located a bit further up the mountain where the snow is still cold. For example, check out the trails in Trillevallen, Edsåsdalen and Vålådalen (contact them to check the trail status before you head out). 

Also, please remember that this is a sensitive and fragile time in nature as the animals, such as reindeer, fox and grouse, are in their mating season and give birth to cubs/chicks. Make sure to keep your distance and do not approach nests or cubs, and keep your dog on a leash. 

Ski Touring in May.

Indulge with a spa treatment.

Holiday Club

Combine bicycling and skiing.


Chill Out

May is a quieter period in Åre. But that only means more space for you 😉 So it’s a time to relax. Book a spa treatment, have a great meal, take a bath and hang out in the lounge area. This period is also unique. It’s one of the few times a year when you can bicycle to the ski trail of your choice.

Take a Walk

It is not yet time for hiking in the mountains as many of the hiking areas are still covered in snow. But you can always go for a walk and draw in the spring atmosphere. We have listed some tips on nice promenades. Find them here.

Prepare for the Summer Season

The benefits of working out are so many we can’t even list them here. And it might be extra important now, as many of us work from home, seated on not so ergonomic chairs (you know we’re right). So prepare for the hiking and biking season at Åre’s outdoor gyms! One is located next to the Åre Björnen Cross-Country Arena and you’ll find the World Championship Silver Medalist Anna Swenn Larsson’s outdoor gym below Holiday Club (between the hotel and the lake). 

Shop for Bargains

In May, it’s time to plan ahead. Do you need (or want) to upgrade your equipment for next season? Check the local stores and see if you can find what you need/want to have as some of the past season’s equipment will be on sale. Also, you can find great bargains at the local second hand shops.

Celebrate Swedish Mother’s Day!

In Sweden, Mother’s Day happens on the last Sunday in May. If you have already celebrated your mother’s special day, you can do it again! You know she’s worth it 😉 Why not treat your mother to a spa treatment, a gift, a takeaway or restaurant dinner or maybe take her on an outing to a near-by destination such as Sweden’s largest waterfall Tännforsen? 

Last updated 3 May 2021