Do you enjoy hiking? Then Västerbotten is the place for you. The beautiful and dramatic landscape leaves no one unmoved.
Västerbotten County is the perfect destination for the active family. Here you'll find adventure trails, easily explored hiking routes and fun play lands.
Västerbotten is packed with events during the summer. There's also no shortage of big local festivals. Åsele Market, Umeå Football Festival, The Folk Festival on Holmön and The Trästock Festival in Skellefteå are some of the largest.
Let Art lead you on a voyage of discovery through Västerbotten. The route from the coast at Holmsund in the east to Borgafjäll in the mountains of southern Lapland in the west is lined with 12 different works of art. A journey along the Art Route also provides fantastic experiences in nature and passes through many sites of cultural historical interest.
Imagine how it might be, to leave all the bustle and stress behind you for just a few days, to breathe in the scents of the forest and meet those four-footed, or winged, inhabitants face to face, as you take on the role of nature photographer.
Västerbotten has fishing waters to suit everybody, beginners and pros alike. A number of the fishing waters in the county are internationally renowned and entice crowds of Swedish and foreign tourists to visit every year. "Fishing is an incredibly relaxing pastime, but at the same time it's exciting. It's really something worth doing," says Mats Byström at Fiskecentrum in Saxnäs.
Along with Riga in Latvia, Umeå is being celebrated as a European Capital of Culture in 2014. You surely haven't missed that news? Nor should you miss the fantastic programme of activities and events that is on offer - not only in Umeå itself, but throughout the entire region. Check out what's going on in the folder entitled "Västerbotten on the way to 2014".
The Capital of Culture is Umeå, however the four northernmost Swedish counties and the whole of Sameland together comprise The Northern Room.
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"We want everyone whose work involves meeting other people to mediate a good form of hosting", says Annika Sandström, Project Manager at Västerbottens Turism/Region Västerbotten.
For the Sami snow is more than just frozen water. It is a way to express what their whole existence is built on - the migration of the reindeer. For the skier snow is also more than just snow. It is the way you relate to your whole life.