Welcome to Vilhelmina
The attractive little town of Vilhelmina was named in 1804 after the queen, Frederika Dorotea Vilhelmina av Baden. The town of Dorotea, 55km to the south down the E45, also got one of her names. Vilhelmina's original name was Volgsjö, Vualtjere in Sami, and it was an important site for the Sami people when they travelled north each spring. The area gets cold in winter – Malgovik, 20km to the northwest, still holds the record for Sweden's coldest temperature, a frigid -53°C in 1941.
The town sprawls along the E45 and there are interesting places to stop, even if you aren't staying.