It’s no secret that Östersund’s geographical location makes it prone to cold, dark winters. At the time for WJBCC-2017 you might get as little as four hours of sunlight per day. Instead you might be lucky enough to experience the sky lit up by northern lights. Coldest ever official temperature recorded in Sweden was a chilly -52,6°C back in 1966.
See the northern lights
For those willing to brave the cold on clear crisp winter nights, you may be rewarded with one of nature’s most spectacular displays – the Aurora Borealis (also known as the northern lights). These light curtains of green, red and purple often dance across the sky from October to March and, depending on weather conditions, can be viewed from anywhere in northern Sweden.