Jämtland is geographically just a little
northwest of the center of Sweden, but
culturally, it is part of the far north.   It
is the beginning of the region occupied
by the Sami (Lapps).   Sparsely
populated, it is a mainly agricultural
province.   It also borders on Norway,
borrowing some of the culture from the
neighboring country.
Distinguished by mountains with broad
valleys between, the environment
glows with serenity.  Here one can find
the traditional summer pastures, where
people still take the cattle to graze
while the farms at home are used for
food and cash crops, as well as
growing hay to store for the winter.
The fiddle music can sometimes seem
melancholy, but it is just the reflection
of the beauty of the province.
Here are found old-fashioned foods
such as tunnbröd (thin bread), långfil
(a unique cultured milk), and reindeer
meat.
Jämtland
The dairy cattle in Jämtland are a special
breed that survives well over the long,
cold winter.
Jämtland is rich in folklore.   Stories of
witches, trolls, giants, and hamnbjörn
(were-bears) abound.    In a cave in the
huge rock Hoverberg sits  the "king of
the trolls" who was changed to stone!
Jämtland is rich in musical
traditions.    The famous fiddler
Lapp-Nils lived here 200 years
ago, and his influence is still felt in
the music.
The central lake in Jämtland, Storsjön,
is home to a sea monster, similar to it's
Scottish Loch Ness cousin.  One can
look for the monster in some of the
nearby lakes, as well.