Hike, bike and canoe in land of the midnight light

Thanks to Skellefteå’s relative proximity to the Arctic Circle, summer nights are bright. In June, the sun never really sets and you can enjoy the light of the midnight sun. Frida has packed a pick-nick-basket filled with local delicates, small scaled produced such as cheese from Svedjan ost and sauage.

A CRASCH COURSE IN TRADITIONAL SWEDISH LAPLAND LIFESTYLE

Would you like a crash course in traditional Swedish culture over a long weekend? Getting close to nature, picturesque accommodation and genuine sami culture. Great then this is for you.

The sight of the 117 small, red cottages in the church town at Lövånger is nothing short of a postcard view. There was once more than 70 church towns like this in Sweden. Today, 16 of them are preserved, including the Gammelstad church town in Luleå, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. In Skellefteå there are two which are particularly well preserved and listed as Cultural Environments of National Interest – Lövånger is one of them.

Frida, the manager at Lövånger Churchtown, welcome us on the porch with a key in her hand, leading to one of the more spacious cottages.
– It’s called the The Bride’s Cottage, she says smiling. I think you will like it.

 

Day one – biking

Thanks to Skellefteå’s relative proximity to the Arctic Circle, summer nights are bright. In June, the sun never really sets and you can enjoy the light of the midnight sun.
Frida has packed a pick-nick-basket filled with local delicaties,  small scaled produced such as cheese from Svedjan ost and sauage.
– This is Västerbottens korv, from just around the corner.

In addition to the evening snacks, there is a map in the basket.
– I suggest you take those bikes, Frida says nodding here head in the direction of a handful bicycles. Follow the trail on the map. It will take you to a secret peak, where the locals go every once and while to enjoy the midnight light and the beautiful coastal scenery. It’s an easy route, perfect for getting acquainted with the area.

Day two – hiking

After a continental breakfast it’s time for cultural light trekking in the nature reserve Bjuröklubb. A fascinating area just by the coast of the Baltic, crowned with an old light house on top of the highest cliff, offering an impressive 360-view of the landscape.

– History began 4000 years ago when the mountain rose out of sea, says Mikael Vinka when we meet up where the roads end in the east.
The area has numerous ancient monuments and is known for its unique nature and cultural heritage. – Bjuröklubb has been an important meeting place for shipping, fishermen, hunters and Samis throughout history.

"As we roam Swedens easternmost peninsula Mikael feeds us great outdoor lunch, spectacular views and enticing histories from times gone by..."

Mikael belongs to the Sami. The indigenous people of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. Mikael knows the area by heart. As we roam Swedens easternmost peninsula Mikael feeds us great outdoor lunch, spectacular views and enticing histories from times gone by and not least, introducing us to the breathtaking world of traditional Sami handicraft.

Day three – canoeing

The last day, since the Baltic Sea is completely calm, we choose paddling over biking. The canoe tour starts in Avafjärden. Mikael is our guide also for this adventure. He tells us about the fascinating wildlife as we quietly glide closer and closer into the wild. Avafjärden is particularly popular for birding thanks to the wide variety of migratory birds that use the bay as a stop on their way up north.

All of a sudden, about 50 swans decide to take of from the mirror like water surface and the silence is filled with sounds from 100 of flapping wings. It’s an impressive sight and in a way accentuates the genuine contrasts we have experienced here in Swedish Lapland.

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