Stories from my travels around the world


Northern Sweden


Northern Sweden

Northern Sweden
Northern Sweden

Area: Norrbottens Län and Västerbottens Län

Coast of Norrland: The coast of the area of Norrland towards the Gulf of Bothnia is almost 400 km long. It is an outflow for many of the rivers - called 'älv' - that transport the big amount of water from the Fjällen and the big "slopes" to the coast.

The huge area for 3 big National Parks in the mountain area north in Sweden is an example of how the Swedes treat their precious heritage. This wild unbroken continuous area of National Parks and Nature reserves is as big as 9400 km2. That is a third of the size of Belgium! This is the last wilderness of Europe. Sarek National Park has not even hiking trails or huts.

Kungsleden (= Kings trail) is the most known and the longest of the many hiking trails in Sweden. It starts in Abisko and goes in a southerly direction. It is passing thru Abisko National Park, Stora Sjöfallet National Park and then lingers on the border to Sarek National Park, continues further south, and the trail ends 450 km later. There are self-serviced mountain huts every 15-25 km at the trail. Good starting points for hiking are: Abisko, Ritsem and Jokkmokk.

  • National Parks of Abisko, Padjelanta, Pieljekaise, Sarek, Stora Sjöfallet, Vadvetjåkka and Haparanda archipelago National Park.
  • Views from Njulla, Pielekaise, Kenekaise and several in Sarek.
  • Rapadalen river valley in Sarek
  • Waterfall Stora Sjöfallet
  • Stalouokta mountain Hut in Padjelanta
  • Boat tour on Akkajaure
  • Piteå havsbad: beach of Piteå with the highest water temperatures and number of hour of sun during the summer
  • Umeå älv river valley, road 554 and E12 towards Lycksele
  • Gammelstad: on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The best-preserved example of a 'church village', a unique kind of village formerly found throughout northern Scandinavia.
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