With continued travel restrictions, flight cancellations and border controls, it is becoming likely that the summer holiday in 2020 will take place in Europe. In a mini-series, we want to highlight some hidden gems to our readers. These series begin with destinations in Northern Sweden.
Visit the best-preserved church village in Scandinavia — Gammelstad Kyrkstad Luleå, Norrbotten County.
Situated outside of the northern city Luleå, this UNESCO world heritage site, was the birthplace and city centre of Luleå until the 16th century. The highlights include the 15th-century stone church, which still is in use, and the over 400 well-preserved wooden houses.
Photo: Susanne Lindholm
Sun and Bath – Pite Havsbad, Norrbotten County.
Pite Havsbad has a stunning kilometre-long beach, an excellent choice for families with young children. The dunes capture the warm surface water, which raises the sea temperatures to one of Sweden’s highest. The sun shines 23 hours a day in July, almost ten hours longer compared to the Gran Canarias! An additional plus is the over 40 activities in the area, including a water park, spa, amusement park and golf course – perfect for families.
Culture and culinary experience – Umeå, Västerbotten County.
The former 2014 European Capital of Culture, Umeå, has upped its offerings. The city has a rich art, theatre, dance and music scene. From Guitars – The Museum, with the world’s largest privately-owned collections of guitars to one of the country’s scenes of international contemporary art, Bild Museet. Considering its size, the food offering is fantastic. Restaurants such as, Gotthards Krog and Harlequin by Hunger and Törst, are two of seven restaurants in Umeå that has been recognised by the WhiteGuide list.
Visit the Sweden’s northern archipelago – Ulvön, Örnsköldsvik, Västernorrland County.
This island is located 30 km south of Örnsköldsvik and can be reached by a 1.5 to 2 hours boat trip. This used to be the largest fishing ground in Northern Sweden and the island is often called “The Pearl of the Bothnian Sea”. The iconic red fishing houses lie in a row along the water, and the main street has plenty of cosy cafés, small shops and a museum. Their wooden chapel, which is among the oldest chapel in Northern Sweden, was built in the 16th century.
Experience Moose Safari – Bergslagen, Svealand County.
Bergslagen has Sweden’s highest moose population density, and the safaris here guarantee that you will encounter the wild moose in their natural habitat. The safari is organised from May to September together with a knowledgeable local guide. Additionally, this is a perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities, such as canoeing/kayaking and hiking.
Photo: Jan Nordström
Do you think we have missed any place on our list? Please share in the comments field!