Gallas

Within the Sami tradition, the starry sky reflects a different story. The big elk hunt. In the story, the large moose Sarvva is hunted by, among others, the hunter Galla's three sons, who correspond to three stars in the constellation Orion's belt.

Pegasus

In mythology, Pegasus was a faithful friend who helped most of the ancient heroes on their adventures. So faithful and loyal was he that the gods had the winged horse immortalized in the form of a constellation. Which today is classified as Västerbotten's landscape constellation.

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.

Electra

One of the Titan Atlas' daughters, the Pleiades. Seven beautiful nymphs who have given names to the stars in the constellation Taurus, which according to the Vikings represented the mythological giant wolf Fenris (Fenrir).

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.

Vittangi

Where the Vittangiälven empties into the Torneälven lies the village of the same name. Vittangi is considered one of Norrland's best places for those interested in fishing. As the river is rich in, among other things, trout and grayling. North of the village there is a nature reserve that is a must for every bird watcher.

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).

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).

Nalta Småa

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).

Jukkasjärvi

Its sami-name, Cohkkiras, means meeting place. Funny, given that Jukkasjärvi initially was just the priset and the sexton. But today, this is indeed a place where people do meet from all over the world. At the Ice Hotel.

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.

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.

Arjeplog

In between the great lakes of Uddjaure and Hornavan, along route 95, often referred to as The Silver Road, you find Arjeplog. It has the fewest citizens of all Norrbotten municipalities, but its fascinating Silver Museum attracts visitors from far far away.

Bergglim

A narrow tear in the rock or a thin layer of soil on a cliff is all this little white and vigorous carnation Bergglim needs to shine as small spotlights against gray granite.

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.

Nattviol

You will feel its scent before it catches your eye. Nattviol (Platanthera Bifolia), commonly known in English as the Lesser Butterfly Orchid, occurs most frequently in early summer, thrives best in moist soil, likes growing in groups and grows fastest at night – hence the beautiful name in Swedish - Nattviol (Night Violet).

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.

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.

Storuman

With its more than two thousand inhabitants, Storuman is the central place in the municipality of the same name, a municipality which is one of the largest in Sweden. Do you like fishing? Look no further.

Tärna

I Swedish, the word Tärna can mean many different things. Its what you do in the kitchen when you chop (tärna) your vegetables. It’s the maid (tärna) when you wed and it’s also a bird (tern). However, up north, when people say Tärna, they do of course mean Tärnaby.

Tärnaby

There are few villages as small as Tärnaby that have managed to become well-known across the globe. Less than five hundred citizens and almost two hundred World Cup skiing victories. How did it happen? Well, as with all beautiful mysteries, this too remains unsolved.

Ume

Up North the way people talk is efficient. You say what has to be said, no more, sometimes less. In other words, it’s quite natural and expected that Umeå ends up being pronounced Ume. Everyone knows what you mean anyway, right?

Vars

Where in Sweden you are from, decides how you use the word ”where”. In Standard Swedish, there are two different ways of using the word: ”var” and ”vart”. In the North, the, to amusement for people in southern Sweden, the Swedish language is less refined. Here, they simply replace ”var” and ”vart” with ”vars”, which covers covers both meanings.