Messlingen

MapMesslingen is a quiet small village in the northern Härjedalen. It is ideally situated close to the mountains on the shores of Lake Messlingen with only a 30 km drive from the ski resort of Funäsdalen. And for those who don’t like the hustle and bustle of the big alpine centre, there’s a smaller family-friendly piste just 6 km west from the village with one ski lift and a restaurant. But the cross-country enthusiast don’t need to drive anywhere as the extensive cross-country trail network starts right from the Baggården “stugby” cabins. And if self-powered transport is not your thing, you can rent a snow mobile and take one of the many snow mobile trails crossing this area.

Despite the big investments made in developing the ski and snow mobile trail system, Messlingen is a village for all seasons. The melting snow reveals a trail network that offers something for everyone. You can join the southern stretch of the legendary Kungsleden trail from Ramundberget or Ljungdalen, or you can use Messlingen as a base and make shorter day hikes to explore the area. The famous Evagraven ravine can be reached by foot from Baggården, or you can drive to the Ruvallen summer farm for an even shorter hike to Evagraven and the rock paintings.

If you like fishing, then Messlingen is the right place. There are numerous small lakes in the mountains around Messlingen, or you can just select a spot along the Mittån creek or on the shores of Lake Messlingen.

For a detailed description and instructions about the ravines, please see my Messlingen Ravines page.

Services: Petrol pump, small grocery store at Baggården

Accommodation: Baggården has rooms and cabins for rent. The cheapest option is to stay at the hostel.

How to get there: 30 km north from Funäsdalen, 33 km south from Ljungdalen, 53 km north-west from Hede. The road from Hede to Messlingen is not marked complete on all maps but it’s most definitely there, and it’s fairly good as well. Please note that it’s a gravel/clay road all the way from Hede to Messlingen. Also the Funäsdalen-Mittådalen and Ljungdalen-Mittådalen roads are clay but they’re normally in really good condition. The tarmac road from Mittådalen to Messlingen is usually in a worse shape – very bumpy!