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Visit Umea (Umeå)

August 16, 2006

Umeå lies in the far north of Sweden, 700 kilometers north of Stockholm, 600 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. However the Gulf Stream makes the climate mild with fairly warm summers when the sun hardly sets, and snowy, cold winters ideal for cross-country and downhill skiing. A few hours away by bus there are mountains with skiing in winter and adventurous hiking and canoeing in the summer and autumn.

The city of Umeå is one of the fastest growing cities in Sweden. At the end of 2005 Umeå had a population of 110 000 inhabitants, with, thanks to the university, a very high proportion of young people. The city, founded in 1622 by King Gustav II Adolf, was largely destroyed by fire in 1888. During rebuilding thousands of birch trees were planted to prevent future fires from spreading. The birch population has been maintained ever since, earning Umeå the nickname Town of Silver Birches, in Swedish “Björkarnas stad”.

Top things to see in Umea:

  • Gammlia. An outdoor museum picturing life in the area in the 18th and 19th century. There are old buildings, animals, handicraft and a restaurant.


  • Umeälven


  • Broparken. The park used to be an export hub for tar, and you can also see the second bridge built over the river, gamla bron (the old bridge) built in 1863. The streets close to the park has beautiful wooden houses and Umea’s oldest hospital from the 18th century.
  • Radhuset