We’re proud that Östersund has been chosen to host The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2022, which originally were supposed to be held in Perm, Russia.
Östersund Curling Club has had the joy to host six world championship curling events since 1999. WJCC 1999, 2008, 2012, WJBCC 2017, WSCC and WMDCC 2018. Since then more than 2000 players, leaders, delegates from WCF and media have taken the opportunity to discover our cosy town with its variety of shops, cafes and restaurants.
The last three events has been held in Östersund Arena. A modern arena that has proven to be excellent for curling. Both Ice Technicians and the competitors praised the ice conditions. The Mixed Doubles championship was a great success and was viewed by 40 million via several broadcasters around the world.
Östersund Arena is the venue for ECC-A and Östersund Curling Club the venue for ECC-B.
With all our hearts, welcome back to Östersund!
It is starting to look like a curling arena
Picture below: Östersund Arena during the World B-Junior Championship 2017
There is something special about Östersund
Östersund is an open, expanding and inquisitive city, with an inclusive atmosphere and exciting visions for its future. Tradition goes hand-in-hand with diversity and progress, and the words ‘local’ and ‘global’ often refer to the same thing. Differences and similarities are both equally appreciated. In Östersund, work is important but people value leisure time just that slight bit more. For us, the human values in life are tangible. Our lifestyle is active and we are enticed by our surrounding nature. Lake Storsjön (Great Lake) and the mountains are just a wistful glance away. Indeed, everyday adventures feel frustratingly close by sometimes.
Today, people also flock to Östersund’s prestigious international sporting and cultural events, such as the Biathlon World Championships and the esteemed Storsjöyran festival. In 2019 Östersund was awarded the City Centre of the Year Award as well as appointed Sweden´s Top Sports City. And now we are welcoming the best among Europes curlingteams to our city for The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2022.
The contrast between city and mountains makes the city a unique and magnificent destination. Whether your intention is to experience the city’s throbbing pulse, the nature’s calming effect, for the culinary delights or any other activity, you will discover that there are many activities we have to offer. Visit Östersund Tourist Center will help you to get the best experience out of your visit in Östersund.
Östersund is a great place if you are interested in discovering Swedish food. The City is an appointed UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. Here we have a long-lasting culinary tradition based in locally produced food. Make sure to try char, moose and reindeer and cheese from our local farm dairies.
So simple. So obvious. Welcome to Östersund!
How to get here
Åre/Östersund Airport (OSD) is closest to Östersund, only 14 km.Scandinavian Airlines, SAS, the largest airline in Scandinavia, offers flights to and from Åre/Östersund airport every day. SAS operates Stockholm Arlanda International airport (ARN) and BRA operates the smaller city airport Stockholm Bromma (BMA). Destinations in Europe you can fly to non-stop from Bromma airport (BMA).
Transfer to and from OSD airport by bus takes only 15-20 minutes to most locations in Östersund.
There is also an international airport in Trondheim/Vernaes (TRD), Norway (230km from Östersund) with flights to many European cities: Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin/Schönefeld, København, London Gatwick, Malaga, Murcia, Nice, Reykjavik, Riga, Split, and Tallinn. TRD airport is operated by SAS and Norwegian and KLM.
Transfer to Östersund from Trondheim airport can be made by regional train.Local train from Værnes station to world famous Hell station, change to regional train bound for Östersund. Total travel time from TRD airport to Östersund is almost 4 hours, and only a couple departures per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
SJ (the national train operator) has regular service between Östersund and many cities in Sweden. It is more time-consuming than flying, but if you wish to see the country, it is a good option indeed. Travel time from the capital Stockholm is 4 hours 50 minutes using the high-speed train which has daily service in each direction (in the afternoon from Stockholm, in the morning from Östersund), whereas slower trains take around 8 hours.
The lowest single tickets with “Stadsbussarna” cost: children/adolescents SEK 16, adults SEK 32.
You can buy tickets on board “Stadsbussarna” buses, You can only pay by card. Single tickets can also be purchased from their app, where You can pay by card. Search for “Länstrafiken” in the app store on your mobile phone. Android. Iphone
You can also pay with cash or by card when buying tickets in advance at the following places:
Östersund bus station reception
Pressbyrån Kärnan Östersund
Pressbyrån Tågstationen / Trainstation
It is simple to check routes and departures and plan your journey with the help of this website resrobot.se
Timetables for your journey with Stadsbussarna are available here: ltr.se
Occasionally, weather conditions, road works or other factors mean that regional and city buses are delayed or need to be cancelled. Check the following website for current and planned public transport disruptions. ltr.se/trafiklaget
Hotels and other accommodation
In Östersund, there are several hotels and guest houses to choose from, from large chain hotels to smaller family hotels. Our preferred hotels will soon be listed here, along with booking codes and some special offers for the teams of The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2022 and all other curling friends.
Of the hotels and guest houses in Östersund, most are centrally located but also some outside the city center.
Whichever you choose, you will get a comfortable and pleasant accommodation.
If you are looking for other accommodation, see here.
We want to offer anyone who wants an opportunity to be part of The Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships 2022 in Östersund Arena.
Book 19 – 26 November 2022 in the calendar already!
We know that all volunteers will be the backbone of our forthcoming Championships. Volunteers who help ensure that everyone who comes to the event – team, functionaries, spectators, guests, the media and other volunteers – departs from here with a good and memorable experience.
Many more volunteers will be needed. To name a few, statistics, timing, ice-maintenance, building the arena, car transports and accommodation, accreditation, media and of course those who help other volunteers. Some roles require special experience and education, for others it is enough with enthusiasm!
More information on what to expect as a volunteer, when needed, what kind of work is available will be sent to ÖCC members shortly. You who are not a member of Östersund Curling Club are of course also welcome to join our lovely volunteering team. At the first stage You can send us an email volunteer [at] curlingevents.se and we will add You to our mailing list.
In the picture you can see some of the approximately 30 volunteers who made the World Junior-B Championship 2017 a success.