Umea, the capital of Västerbotten County, is a university town in northern Sweden located at the Ume River. This destination is nicknamed the "Town of Silver Birches" for its beautiful forests. The student-centric city of Umea, known for Umea University, among others, offers outdoor and cultural attractions to please both the young and the old.
- Parish Church of Umea
- Enjoy the Umedalen Skulptur public park on a fine day
- Catch an opera at the Umea Norrlandsoperan opera house
- Visit the Museum of Skiing and see the oldest ski in the world and equipment used by Sweden’s skiing heroes
Umea has a temperate climate with mild temperatures throughout the year. Summers are short and cool, with temperatures reaching average highs of 18°C (64°F) in July, while winters are long and cold, with temperatures hitting as low as -11°C (12°F) in January. The majority of Umea’s precipitation occurs in July and August.
Getting There & Around
Umea Airport is 4 km (2 miles) east of Umea city centre. Tourists can take the shuttle bus from the airport to Vasaplan in the city centre. Taxis take tourists to destinations within Umea for a fixed price.
Umea offers a wide range of bike-friendly roads and bridges to allow tourists an environmentally friendly way in which to explore the city. Bikes can be rented through Cykel & Mopedhandlaren or Umea Camping. The Västerbottens Lokaltrafik bus system is available for those who prefer to use public transport.
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