The National Park has attracted hikers from all over the world for more than a century. Here begins the famous ”Kungsleden” and here is where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. If the Swedish mountains had its own capital, it would surely be Abisko.
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.
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.
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.
We’ll eat, you’ll cook. So it goes, the chant (ramsa, in Swedish) that is taught to Swedish children in school to remember the names and order of rivers in Halland. To remember the name of the dark water that forms a tributary to the Umeå River, no need to chant. It’s called, in short, Ramsan (”The Chant”).
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.
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.
Vippvedel is a rare flower that grows on c alcareous mountain slopes from Härjedalen to Tone lapland. The first find is documented from Lule lappland in 1807. We have had the small, shy and rare flower portrayed as a recessed detail in a classic pilot frame.