Sustainable Umeå Umeå is a progressive city where a sustainability focus is a natural part of the everyday lives of many of our residents. Visit Umeå is keen to highlight enterprises that put a little extra effort into these issues, thereby also making it easier for visitors to make informed choices. The work involved in this has begun and we here present examples of local businesses that can be used with an extra clear conscience!
If you would like a sustainable stay, Umeå offers several options. Scandic Umeå Plaza, Scandic Umeå Syd and Best Western Hotel Botnia are all Swan eco-labelled. Profil Hotel Aveny (photo above) and First Camp in Nydala both have Green Key environmental certification. Hotell Björken is ISO 14001 certified. The hotels U&Me and Stora Hotellet are part of the Blå Huset Group, which has a well-developed sustainability work, and with strong ambition, development is always moving in the right direction. If you would like a glorious excursion outside the city, we can recommend Stora Fjäderägg, STF Vandrarhem (youth hostel) on the island of Holmön. This too has Green Key certification.
It is no secret that Umeå has a vibrant restaurant scene. Several businesses have their own environmental policies, as for example Gotthards Krog, which is almost self-sufficient in vegetables from the very own vegetable cultivation by Umeälven. However, if you would like to try environmentally certified restaurants, visit Vezzo, which has KRAV-label certification, or Restaurang TC, which is Swan eco-labelled. Both are on Vasaplan. As also is the KRAV certified Gamla Bibliotekscaféet. It must be something in the air at Vasaplan! Vezzo can now also boast a freshly crowned Swedish master in pizza baking. If you take a trip southwards towards Olofsfors Bruk, do not miss Kafé Anno 1762. It has been awarded two KRAV distinctions for its sustainability work. Another sustainable lunch alternative is Kummin Restaurang & Catering which is located at Signalvägen 3 in Nolia Sports and Exhibition Center. The business has been certified by KRAV for several years and here the lunch buffé is made with love. If you are planning an event that requires catering, Kummin is an excellent option and if you choose to fly from Umeå with BRA, you might get the pleasure to taste goodies from here.
Countryside is always on the doorstep in our region. There is, of course, something special about dancing to nature’s tune! Granö Beckasin works to the key concepts of quality and care for nature. This is mirrored in all the company’s operations and activities. Try a delightful raft ride on the Umeälven river (photo below). There are no motors. Your only accompaniment is bird song and the swash of waves. The activity has Nature’s Best certification. In the winter, try instead a dog sled tour with Aurora Borealis Adventures, which also adheres to the criteria stated by Nature’s Best.
Three airlines use Umeå Airport for services from and to the rest of Sweden. Malmö Aviation was the first domestic company to achieve ISO 14001 certification. SAS and Norwegian also work actively with sustainability issues. Getting a train to Umeå is fuss-free. Book your tickets via SJ or directly from Norrtåg. From Vasa in Finland, a Wasaline ferry crosses the Kvarken (part of the Gulf of Bothnia) in just four and a half hours. Once in Umeå, travelling sustainably is easy on our electric buses or using one of the city’s taxi companies such as Umeå Taxi.