People are concentrated in the towns and cities, leaving the countryside for other things. From a visitor’s perspective, that is actually no bad thing. It means 2.2 inhabitants/square kilometre in the Skellefteå countryside, which means space. Plenty of space...
Kalvträsk has a population of barely forty. There is a general store and a museum, Kalfträsks Historiska, which is dedicated to the world’s oldest wooden ski, the Kalvträsk ski. The ski is 5,200 years old. That makes it older than both the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the pyramids of Egypt. Here the sense of being close to the wilderness is palpable, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that Kalvträsk is on the edge of Vitbergen, the region’s largest nature reserve. Here, the forest has been left largely untouched by human hand and, although deep and dense, it is easily accessible. There are some 30 kilometres of hiking trails. They are well maintained and lead right out into the wetlands. In fact, they are so well maintained that you can cycle on them.
At the top of Vitberget is a 7-metre-high lookout tower. Climbing this old fire lookout takes you well up above the treetops – if you dare. The panoramic view is magnificent. Far below, in the mist-shrouded forest spread out before you while the evening sun is reflected off tranquil lakes and ponds. It may sound extraordinary but really, it isn’t. It’s just a normal summer evening in the woodlands around Kalvträsk.
Or, may we suggest a canoe trip along the many winding streams in the area?
Kalvträsk also offers authentic wilderness accommodation. The log cabins have kitchens and toilets, and there is a wellequipped service building. Yes, here, you’ll find everything you need for the ideal adventure outing right in the middle of the mighty forest.
Kalvträsk is defined by wilderness. An important reason for this is the Vitbergen Nature Reserve. There are 30 kilometres worth of hiking trails here, amongst other things. They have proper footbridges that will take you straight out onto the mires. If you would rather paddle along the winding creeks, that is of course just as good an option. There is also real wilderness accommodation in Kalvträsk. Four-bed log cabins with kitchens and bathrooms and a large service building. www.kalvtrask.se