The city of Luleå sits at the northern end of the Norbotten Coast on the Gulf of Bothnia. The city was originally located around nearby Gammelstad but moved to its new position when the land began rising in the absence of the heavy glacial ice layers that once covered this region. When you arrive in Luleå why not explore the Museum of Norbotten and its art gallery or enjoy a show at the theatre?
Without this proximity to the sea Gammelstad has avoided the commercialisation of the newer city and retained its sense of history. Built up around a 15th century stone church, this is a picturesque setting for a lantern guided tour, or a meander along historic streets, passing among the Scandinavian style cottages that have earned this parish village UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Luleå Archipelago just off the coast compromises of over 700 islands. Relax at sandy Klubbviken Beach on Sandön Island or go bird watching on Småskär. Here historic sites, forested hinterlands and picturesque harbours reward those who take the time to explore this out of the way region.