Fjällspira

It was first discovered back in 1737. Ever since, the tiny pink flowers with the white and wooly stalk has fascinated early summer hikers. Need we say the Fjällspira can only be found in the very northern parts of Sweden?

Holmnäs

The best thing about Norrland is the unpredictability. Like when fine culture moves into a sheep house. In the small village of Holmnäs outside Umeå, a well-attended opera performance is held once a year in the sheep house where the acoustics send a libretto echoing far over the meadows in the bright summer night.

Hornavan Mellan

At 221 metres, Hornavan is Sweden's deepest lake. Hornavan is made for fishing with its widths, depths and bays. It is best known for its large Arctic char, one of Sweden's last natural stocks. Like Storavan, a frame in the same family, Hornavan has its outlet in the Skellefteå river.

Hornavan Småa

At 221 metres, Hornavan is Sweden's deepest lake. Hornavan is made for fishing with its widths, depths and bays. It is best known for its large Arctic char, one of Sweden's last natural stocks. Like Storavan, a frame in the same family, Hornavan has its outlet in the Skellefteå river.

Hössjö

A late summer 1853, Johan Natanaelsson, Hössjö, was executed for with intent having murdered his father-in-law. Johan became the last person in Västerbotten to be sentenced to death. Incidentally, Hössjö, south of Umeå, is a fairly quiet community.

Kiruna

One of the world’s largest cities, one of the most remote, one of the most mythical. From deepest mine to highest mountain, through space research and reindeers – yes, all roads should lead to Kiruna.

Krycklan

For those who know their hydrology and aquatic ecology, Krycklan is home turf. All others can be well informed about this still watercourse in the Vindelälven river, which, along a part of the route, also has a nature reserve named after it.

Ljusvattnet

Along the slowest part of the E4, between Umeå and Skellefteå, you pass the seemingly insignificant village with the self-explanatory name Ljusvattnet. Crystal clear lakes, summer and winter.

Lovikka

A mitten, knitted with yarn and with a significant cross pattern, was all it took for a small village far north of the Arctic Circle to make a name for itself in wide circles. But then again, those mittens are something else.

Siksele

In the summertime, the view of the Vindel River is what makes Siksele one of the most stunning places in the Norrland countryside. In the wintertime, the same river is covered with ice and non-profit forces in the village maintain a winter road over the river. Simply because it can be done.

Stensele

Outside Storuman is Stensele, a small village in large forests. In the mighty wooden church, one of the largest in the country, besides Queen Kristina’s Bible, there is also a copy of the world’s smallest Bible, small as a stamp.

Tavelsjö

Scotland has its Nessie, Östersund has its Storsjöodjur. Less famous but locally still captivating are the myths about the beast in Tavlesjön between Umeå and Vindeln that once dragged a dog to the bottom.