This is Skellefteå

... and we love the view from the outer rim of the archipelago, where the sky meets the sea and the mind is set free. But we do a lot more than that, of course. We dance as if nobody is watching during groovy music festivals, we tell stories and we fall in love with local, small-scale production.

WELCOME TO SKELLEFTEÅ!

Skellefteå is the southern entry into Swedish Lapland. Half the population inhabits the country side – next door to wild salmon rivers, hundreds of lakes, dense forests and miles and miles of coastline. The other half dwell in a modern city; a seamless transition from urban to rural defining the good life in the subarctic.

AN HUGH PART of summer in Skellefteå is water. Wild, wonderful waters. Because we have more than 1,500 lakes, 5 rivers, a wealth of mires and small brooks and a 300 kilometre coastline. So, in summer we fish for perch from old wooden boats and for pike from sturdy motorboats. We go fly fishing in proud, flowing rivers, for salmon, trout or grayling.

AND WE SWIM. Oh, how we swim. Sometimes in the middle of the day with the sun at its zenith, sometimes just dipping our toes in from a pier and sometimes an evening swim just as the sun has sunk behind the treetops, leaving a soft and dusky light.

AND WE LOVE getting soaked in a fresh summer rain, or hearing its rhythmic tapping against a metal roof. We love sitting in an open-air restaurant in the city centre, with the beautiful, mirror-like surface of the Skellefte River as a backdrop.

AND WE LOVE the view from the outer rim of the archipelago, where the sky meets the sea and the mind is set free. But we do a lot more than that, of course. We dance as if nobody is watching during groovy music festivals, we tell stories and we fall in love with local, small-scale production.

WE GET BITTEN by mosquitoes on cloudberry-covered mires, we get excited when art and culture inspires us to think new thoughts. Bigger thoughts. And every now and then we do something we didn’t really think we had the nerve to do, just to feel that amazing thrill.

BUT MOST OF ALL we love the fact that this is our summer – our wild, wonderful waters – and that you are warmly welcomed to share all of this with us.

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Beauties and beasts

When it comes to sport fishing, Skellefteå is primarily known for two species of fish: salmon and pike. Or beauty and the beast, as some people say.
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A perfect morning

Pite-Rönnskär, a kind of slumbering gem in the southern part of the Bothnian archipelago, has been opened up to a wider audience. Four rooms, with a simple, rustic feel have already been prepared on the ground floor...

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Crayfishing under a moonlit sky

As the bright summer nights slowly turn to dusk, we have by now entered August and fall is almost upon us. And that is a good thing...
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A photographer’s good life

Imagine that someone who has travelled all over the world chooses to settle down in Boliden, just outside Skellefteå, in Swedish Lapland. Why, you might wonder? Well, it’s because Boliden is the best place on earth...

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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF A WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER

För några år sedan följde jag med Conny upp på självaste Vitberget. Då vandrande vi. Och klättrade. 17 meter upp i utsiktstornet på toppen. Då var det natt, högsommar och utsikten vidunderlig.

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Close to town while in the midst of nature

Paddling a canoe requires a lot of cooperation and as the overgrown waterways become narrower, that cooperation becomes more and more important.

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Stay in a Church Town

In many ways, church towns are synonymous with the olden days, when people had to travel long distances because of mandatory church service attendance...
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Three Wild Salmon Rivers

There are five rivers in Skellefteå, three of which are classified as wild salmon rivers. Such a concentration of salmon waters cannot be found anywhere else in Sweden...
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3x taste of Swedish Lapland

Isn't it true that everything tastes better outside? It can be a large cappuccino at a nice café, surrounded by people and friends, or a warm night at one of the inviting open-air  stablishments in the city...

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