Pajala

Tradition and creativity. This is how we would choose to describe the village of Pajala - which is also popularly called the capital of Tornedalen. On the second weekend after midsummer, the traditional Pajala Market, which has been organized since the 18th century, is organized. And the town is also central to a certain novel about popular music.

Nalta

Nalta means little. In Vänsterbotten, there is a proverb laconically clarifying how nalta is best used: Harta borti harta jer brano, harta borti he, he jer nalta. (You may want to Google it, or better still, ask someone from Västerbotten).

Atlas

This triple star is included in the constellation Taurus the Pleiades. Whose name comes from the titan who carries the entire firmament on his shoulders. He is also the father of the nymph Electra, one of the seven Pleiades.

Nalta Mellan

Nalta means little. In Vänsterbotten, there is a proverb laconically clarifying how nalta is best used: Harta borti harta jer brano, harta borti he, he jer nalta. (You may want to Google it, or better still, ask someone from Västerbotten).

Norrbäck

To the northernmost part of the Öre River, in the municipality of Lycksele, came a small family in the early 1800s and grew up a village named Norrbäck. As it grew bigger, both gas station, a school and a café saw the light of day. Today, the inhabitants of this hidden gem can be counted on the fingers of two hands.

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.

Brandspira

It grows in all our northernmost mountains, but it takes a trained eye to spot the fireweed. It requires calcareous soil, lacks chlorophyll and is completely parasitic, taking nutrients from the roots of other plants. Yet we love it so much.

Arvidsjaur

Smack in the middle of Lapland, some 100 kilometers south of the poor circle, you’ll find the village of Arvidsjaur. Known for pretty much nothing, loved for all that makes us love the north: the woods, the mountains, the light.

Burträsk

When you pass an oversized cheese slicer along the E4 in Västerbotten’s coastal land, you know that you’ve ended up right. There is only one place on earth where the Västerbotten cheese can be made. Right here, in Burträsk.

Dorotea

”The air itself breathes serenity and calmness”, reads one of the lines in the Dorotea song. A spot on description of the village along the highway 45. Dorotea was named after queen Fredrika Dorotea Vilhelmina but we kind of prefer the Dorotea nickname: The south entrance to Lapland.

Haparanda

Sweden feels bigger when there are places with names that doesn’t even sound Swedish. Haparanda, stunningly located right on the Finnish border is one of those places.

Lappspira

It gets just over two inches high. It looks a little special with its asymmetrical yellow-white flowers. It spreads throughout the Swedish mountains but blooms only during late summer. But the sweet scent of Lappspiran remains.

Nikkaluokta

A few miles west of Kiruna, a day hike from Kebnekaise, right in the middle of the wildest nature. If you plan on ever doing a hike in the Swedish mountains, your roads will sooner or later carry to Nikkaloukta.

Renfana

The cultivated form has been given the not very pleasant name gubbaskägg (old man’s beard). In the wild, on open fields and sea shores, it stands steadily, yellow and neighborly and almost a meter high, under its more beautiful name – Renfana.

Skogsstjärna

In contrast to its luminous name, it is quite unobtrusive where it stands. The forest star, this white, soft and for Scandinavia so homely flower.

Stenskär

We found paradise a few nautical miles outside the coast of Piteå. A vast sandy beach, a dock in the shape of a lagoon, a rich bird life and fishing to die for. Oh, and a bonus: the Västerbotten coastline tracks more hours of sun in the summer than any other pace in Sweden.

Umeå

The North has so many things to be proud of but the vibrant city life is not normally what comes top of mind. Today however, Umeå has emerged as an entrepreneurial and cultural hotspot. At the same time, the quietness and the closeness to nature so significant to the ”City of Birches” is still intact.