Summary in english
Looking out over Storsjön on a Saturday in February could make you think that someone had placed a colourful patchwork over the ice. In reality, it is alive and covered with people, who are enjoying yet another lovely Winterday on the ice. The phenomena is called Vinterparken.

Vinterparken is the meeting place for everyone who appreciates Winter in all it’s shapes. Here are the city-dwellers, who have strolled down from the city center for a cup of coffee, some shopping in the small boutiques by the dock, perhaps to rent a pair of touring skates or just to have a look at all the people.

Along the stone walls of Badhusparken the sun worshippers are enjoying the spring sunshine. Out on the ice are the childrens playground – the biggest ice skating park in Sweden with many exciting stations.

Further out on the ice there is a large system of different tracks and trails where people can go skiing, ice-skating or walking. It stretches for miles out on the ice of Storsjön.
This is for those who are looking for a bit of a challenge, but also for those who are just looking to get away for a while and to be embraced by the silence. These differences are a piece of what’s great about Vinterparken.

The project Vinterparken started in Östersund during the Winter of 1996/1997. The initiative came from the businesses and the local authority and it’s purpose was to make the Winter season more popular in Östersund. Since then Vinterstaden has had many visitors of all ages and it has become a meeting ground in Badhusparken and on the ice of Storsjön.

This project stimulates social relations as well as physical activities. Most of it is also for free, a necessity for everyone to join.

The season is between February and April, and during the weekends och the holidays the winterpark is full of life and activities such as, horse sled tours, snowmobile safaris, workshops in icesculpture, winterbathing etc.