Places in Östersund & the Bothnian Coast
Sitting on the shore of the enormous Storsjön (Great Lake), Östersund is the largest town in the area, particularly famous for the local answer to the Loch Ness Monster: Storsjöodjuret. The best way to appreciate Östersund is to take the footbridge across to the adjacent island of Frösön and gaze back at the city in profile, ideally around sunset.
With the vibrant feel of a college town (it has around 30,000 students), Umeå is a welcome outpost of urbanity in the barren north. Since the title of Culture Capital of Europe was bestowed on it in 2014, it's really been strutting its stuff, its museums and other venues showcasing northern and Sami culture.
Tips and articles
Umeå 2014: a year of highlights for the European Capital of Culture
Looking at Umeå, it’s easy to see why this likeable town, the capital of Västerbotten County and part of Norrland – Sweden’s northernmost province – has been granted the title of European Capital of Culture for 2014...
Top winter experiences in northern Sweden
Wrap up warm and let northern Sweden work its magic on you this winter. Here are nine incredible experiences to get you started...
More than meatballs: a gourmet guide to Swedish cuisine
Having a muppet as your main culinary ambassador is a lot to overcome, especially for a smallish, out-of-the-way country like Sweden, whose presence in global pop-culture is fairly limited...