From Robertsfors in the north to Nordmaling in the south, there are 850 km of winding coast, glorious sea bathing, good fishing and many delightful destinations. The powerful and almost 500-kilometre long Vindelälven is one of Sweden’s four unregulated rivers. Lögdeälven, just like Öreälven, is a typical Norrland forest river. The Umeälven river runs through Umeå.
The Sea and the coast
To get to the island of Holmön, take the ferry from Norrfjärden, north of Umeå. The trip takes 40 minutes and is free. Holmön boat museum has wonderful displays on the island’s history and the boats built and used by the islanders. Discover Holmön’s magnificent countryside at your own pace on a bicycle. If you would like an extra special experience, sail aboard Slupen to Stora Fjäderägg. Slupen is a reconstruction of an old trading sloop. It is sailed in the traditional manner.
Järnäsklubb, an old fishing station and popular guest harbour, has a café on the very outermost edge of the archipelago, Kafé Lotsen. There is a rich choice of rocks for sunbathing and picnics. Lotshuseets Gästhem - The old pilot station, Lotshuset, is located in the tiny island Storklubben in Järnäsklubb and has been reborn as a B&B/hostel.
Skeppsviks herrgård is a manor house with a fantastic coastal setting. Good food, fine accommodation and, on certain summer evenings, entertainment.
The village of Ratan offers exciting reminders of times of trade, war and sea transport. Visit Hantverk i Ratan, a collection of craftspeople and artists who sell their creations in Hamnmagasinet (the harbour shop). The historic Tullgården is home to Kulturum Ratan, an exhibition that shows why Ratan is classed as being of national importance. The exhibition gives details of, amongst other things, the last battle on Swedish soil – Ratan, 20 August 1809.
Norrbyskär is an island group a few kilometres off the coast south of Umeå – the ferry leaves from Norrbyn. Europe’s largest sawmill was once here. Today, this idyllic island group offers experiences for all – dizzying adventures, peaceful archipelago countryside, fascinating cultural heritage and children’s activities. Dine well at Norrbyskärs Wärdshus (an inn). Go on a guided circular trip aboard the tourist train. Visit Norrbyskär Museum and see how the islanders lived in the past.
The powerful and almost 500-kilometre long Vindelälven is one of Sweden’s four unregulated rivers. It runs through one of Europe’s last wildernesses. Thanks to Vindelälven’s world-class countryside and heritage values, it was designated a “national” river in 1993.
The Mårdseleforsarna (the Mårdsele rapids) nature reserve on the Lappland border is enchantingly beautiful. Primeval forest grows all the way down to the river. Via suspension bridges, plank walkways and paths, it is easy to get out to some 40 tiny islands in the river. For refreshments, Mårdseleforsens Café & Servering is open in the summer.
The Vindelälven river is classed as one of the world’s best for white-water running. Activity companies Aurora Borealis Adventures , Forsknäckarna and Wilderness Adventure offer both white-water running and a number of other wilderness adventures.
The Vindelforsarna rapids are amongst the largest and fiercest on the Vindelälven river. At Kvarnområdet (the mill complex) next to Renforsen’s swirling waters, there is a hotel with its own restaurant. Vindelälvens Naturcentrum (“the Vindelälven river nature centre”) has an exhibition on the Vindelälven river. A camping site, Degerfors Qvarn (a mill dating from 1888), Kafé Mjölnaren and a major art exhibition, “Konst i Kvarn”, can also be found here.
Lögdeälven, just like Öreälven, is a typical Norrland forest river. It collects all its rain and snow from forested land. The river changes appearance several times a year and can rise very high with constant summer rain.
Drakryggen (the “dragon’s back”) is the most impressive of the steep sandy banks along the Lögdeälven river. A path takes you up the ridge that gave the place its name. With just over 100 steps, “Himlastegen” (the “stairway to heaven”) takes you right up on to Drakryggen. You will enjoy fantastic views. Hyngelsböle is a beautiful nature area by the river.
The valley of the Öreälven river is very hilly. It has some of the country’s highest steep sandy banks and a number of deep ravines. Winding its way through the countryside, the river forms many impressive meanders.
The petroglyphs (rock etchings) in Laxforsen, Torrböle, date from 4000 BC.
Go for a walk in Balbergets Naturreservat (an upland nature reserve) and see the special flora that grows here. Sweden’s northernmost hazel trees also grow on the upland’s southern slope. Enjoy the panoramic views from the top.
Hire a canoe from Öreälvens kanotcenter and follow all or part of a roughly 140-km trail along the river’s beautiful waters down to the sea.
In the village of Tallberg, there are three magnificent bridges, Tallbergsbroarna. All of them were originally railway bridges. They stretch more than 40 metres across the deep course of the Öreälven river. In Humlebäck ,Långed there is a summer cafe and exhibition with the opportunity to buy handicrafts. The old shop in Örsbäck and Strömdahla butchery is both worth a visit during the summer. Torrböle nature reserve with rock carvings.
The Umeälven river runs through Umeå, the "City of Birches". Watching its waters from any of the city’s restaurants and cafés near the river is a great delight. Centrally located in the city, Strandpromenaden is a pleasant riverside walk.
By foot, bicycle or car, enjoy all the destinations and attractions along the Ume Älvdal river valley. The beautiful river landscape, with masses of sights, has you making many stops along the way. Watch red-hot glass blowing at Glödheta glass studio, Röbäck. Umeå Energy Centre in Klabböle has a display about the Umeälven river’s first hydro-electric power station, open during the summer. The Ume Älvdal river valley has lots of good restaurants and places for refreshments in lovely settings. In the Umedalen sculpture park, there is Bistro Le Garage, where you can eat both long and well. This is also true of the famous Baggböle Herrgård on the shores of the Umeälven river and of Brännlands Wärdshus (an inn), which has a village of 17th century old soldiers’ cottages as its nearest neighbour.
The feeling of being as free as a bird and soaring high above the ground has always fascinated mankind. Now, at Granö Beckasin, you can experience how it feels to live like a bird in a “nest”, one of the tree houses firmly anchored in tall pines growing on a steep sandy bank next to the Umeälven river. Your room, several metres in the air in Mother Nature’s arms, offers full hotel standard – an experience with a new perspective!
Umeå, the "City of Birches"