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Northern Sweden

8 reasons for touring Sweden’s northernmost regions

Photo: Friluftsbyn Höga Kusten/imagebank.sweden.se

Västernorrland, Västerbotten and Norrbotten are far away from the routes much-frequented by package deal tourism. Vast stretches of the counties are virtually untouched, and Västerbotten in particular is seen as an insider tip with almost limitless opportunities – from whitewater rafting on the “Vindelälven” river to trekking along the Kungsleden to sociable tastings in craft breweries.

Be it a warm summer day or a rough Atlantic low pressure zone: Experiences in northern Sweden are always intense. Nowhere else are you made so aware of the extreme differences between the seasons. Midnight sun in summer, Northern Lights in winter. Warm summer days in August, bone-chilling cold with temperatures well below freezing in December.

Nature supplies impressions that become imprinted on your mind and could not be more diversified: Extensive forests and moors, wild rivers and waterfalls, thousands of coastal islands, beautiful mountain peaks in the Fjäll.

Seeing animals in the wild is something very special. Encounters with reindeers are almost guaranteed in northern Sweden; the herds of the Sami are common in many parts of the Fjäll. With a bit of luck you may catch sight of an elk, snow fox or fish eagle.

Norrbotten and parts of Västerbotten – like stretches of Finland, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia – belong to the Arctic region. Up there on the Arctic Circle it is peaceful and secluded; it’s perfect for anyone seeking to take a break from today’s hectic life.

Gourmets will be delighted by Nordic cuisine. The best of what the regions have to offer lands on the table. Treasures of nature – berries, herbs, mushrooms, fish and game specialities – play the leading role in many kitchens.

Scandinavia offers the very best conditions for extended trekking tours and flexible camping adventures. This is made possible by the everyman’s right which allows hiking and camping everywhere in the wilderness. The only exceptions are fenced-off private land and farmlands.

Eight seasons and the endless landscapes leave their mark on the people (…statistically, there is 4 square kilometres of space for every inhabitant of northern Sweden). Those interested in the country and its people can meet fascinating characters at ice hockey games, festivals, markets or over a casual cup of coffee.

Tours

For nature boys, outdoor ladies, Northern Lights chasers & connoisseurs

63° NORTH – EXPLORING UMEÅ

HUSKY TOUR, CULTURE & CUISINE IN NORTHERN SWEDEN

Foto: Fredrik Broman/imagebank.sweden.se

Västerbotten calling! In Umeå, visitors are dazzled by its fine cuisine which can compete with the best restaurants from around the world, not to mention the northernmost opera ….

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ARCTIC ADVENTURE LULEÅ

DREAM SPOT FOR WINTER ADVENTURES & OPEN AIR GOURMETS

Foto: Peter Rydström/Visit Luleå

If you travel 900 kilometres north of Stockholm, you’ll be immersed in the fascinating landscape of Norrbotten. Up here, the unspoilt nature…

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MIDNIGHT SUN ACTIVITIES

HUSKY HIKE, WHITE WATER RAFTING & HIGH COAST HIKE

Foto: Ida Bygdén Photography/Visit Umeå

With more than 40 rapids, the pristine Vindelälven river ranks amongst the best rafting territories in Europe. The “Höga Kusten” coastal region….

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NEW NORDIC FLAVOURS

TRENDY CRAFT BEERS & FANTASTIC REGIONAL CUISINE

Foto: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se

Wild, unbridled, surprising: On this trip, you’ll get to know the full-blooded creative brewers of the Swedish craft beer movement…

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TRUE NORTH

ACTIVE IN SWEDEN. FOR GOURMET WITH A BACKPACK & HIKING BOOTS

Foto: Friluftsbyn Höga Kusten/imagebank.sweden.se

Deep forests, wild rivers, endless views, unspoilt coastal landscapes, nice people and first-class regional cuisine. It’s easy to fall head over heels in love….

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STOCKHOLM SPECIAL TOUR

ROYAL GARDENING CULTURE & URBAN WILDERNESS

Foto: Ola Ericson/imagebank.sweden.se

Royal palaces and parks, important sights, thousands of islands directly in front of the city and a relaxed attitude towards life: It’s exactly this mixture…

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NORRLAND MICROCABINS

TINY CABIN. GREAT ESCAPE.

Just you and nature. Face to face. Experience Northern Sweden away from the package tours. Around 110 km west of Umeå, a comfortable 90-minute drive from Umeå Airport, we offer stays in newly-built MicroCabins. Flora and fauna in full splendour, right in front of your door… The perfect holiday for anyone who likes it pure and authentic.

 

Smaller than a chalet, bigger than a tent.

Good things come in small packages. Our MicroCabins give you minimalist comfort and a maximum of experience at the same time. Solidly-made from local wood, they offer space for 1-2 people and protection against wind, weather and soil moisture. Norrland MicroCabins don’t have electricity and heating. Wood for the evening BBQ fire and an axe are available. Spending the night in the middle of the nature is almost as intensive as a night in a tent and you’ll have a wonderful view thanks to the generous glazing. You’ll bring your own feather bed meaning your sleeping bag.

 

Simple, smart & all-inclusive.

With nature, not against it: When we say “all-inclusive” we mean intensive encounters with the seasons which will engrave themselves into your memory. The existing infrastructure is therefore limited to the basics. You can socialise, exchange experiences or celebrate with a traditional “Fika” (coffee and conversation), in a shared hut. Additionally, there’s a traditional dry toilet available and, around a kilometre away, there’s a campsite with showers and a supermarket where you can buy food and drinks.

 

From A for adventure to Z for Zen.

Far away from crowded package tour routes, it’s all about the unspoilt beauty of nature. Feel the power of wild waters. Catch a fish for dinner. With a bit of luck, you’ll get close to an elk. Experience the bright mid-summer nights or view the romantic starry sky. Live as if there’s no tomorrow. Relax, read your favourite book in peace – you decide on the programme and pace of your holiday in Northern Sweden!

 

The location on the bank of a wonderful river and lake landscape delights outdoor ladies as well as nature boys. With deep forests, endless views, wild rivers and lakes, Northern Sweden offers an unbeatable combination which is fun in any season. Including breath-taking photo opportunities and unforgettable experiences.

 

When you ramble through the woods, you can experience nature almost entirely by yourself. Early in the morning, you can watch wildlife, as Västerbotten is the habitat of many wild animals. The chances of spotting an elk, bear or lynx up here in the North aren’t bad. Fancy a longer tour? Follow the Lögdeälvsleden or walk a stage of the Öreälvsleden; both paths lead directly along the river.

 

Lakes & rivers, mid-summer nights & northern lights

With its vast meanderings, the Öreälven River offers a varied landscape. Successful fisherman pull chars, salmons, pikes and basses out of the water, and if you’ve got sea legs, you can go on an excursion with the canoe: Around half an hour’s drive away, there’s a rental station (open from May to mid-September). And, after an unforgettable day, Mother Nature rewards you with mid-summer nights which are almost as bright as the day, dancing northern lights or a vast starry sky – depending on the season.

Total:5 micro cabins
Occupancy:1-2 persons per MicroCabin
Best time:
Location:Västerbotten/Northern Sweden – approx. 110 kilometres west of Umeå
Surrounding area:Björnlandets National Park – 33 km
Granö – 92 km (husky tours / summer & winter)
Aurora Borealis Adventures – 122 km (husky tours/summer & winter)
Nearest airport::Umeå
Hand-over of keys:Umeå
Please bring:Bed sheet, sleeping bag, pillow, towels. During the winter months, warm clothing including 
 a hat, gloves and head torch are an absolute must.
Good to know:Transfers to the starting points of activities are often necessary; a rental car provides flexibility.
Minimum stay:2 nights

 

You can request detailed travel information at any time via e-mail: info@coast-to-fjaell.se

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Northern Sweden is not a theme park. It’s a sensitive ecosystem which needs to be protected.

We have the utmost respect for nature and people. Therefore, we tread through the Scandinavian landscape as considerately as possible. If the programme leads right through nature, we split up the participants. Smaller groups guarantee a more intensive experience and they’re also usually quieter which means less stress for the animals.

 

When buying equipment, we try to invest in articles with a long lifespan whose manufacturers also offer repairs or repair sets. When buying equipment with down – for example sleeping bags – we especially take into consideration that the animals were treated humanely and the manufacturers adhere to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) (at the least).

 

En route, we use healthy food which was produced locally – that doesn’t just include restaurants but also what we put in the lunch boxes. Obviously we ensure that every rest area and campsite is left how we found it.

 

You won’t need CO₂ compensation payments to climate protection organisations.

Hikes and bike tours are some of the most climate-friendly ways of getting around. For longer distances, which are quite usual in Northern Sweden, a coach booked to capacity is the best alternative.

 

During our “TRUE NORTH” group tour, we travel a total of 710 kilometres on the road from the hotel (Umeå) to the airport (Umeå Airport), for example. That’s a distance which causes 21.3 kg CO₂ emissions per person (basis for the calculation: 30g CO₂ per person and kilometre proportionate in a coach). But you won’t have to buy yourself a good conscience for your COAST TO FJÄLL tour. CO₂ compensation payments to climate protection organisations aren’t necessary. As an organiser and intermediary of Nordland tours, we invest in reforestation, which compensates unavoidable emissions which are caused by transfers. The renewable wood of a 10-hectare forest binds around 10 tons of CO₂ – based on the average age of the trees. And that is year after year.