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Umeå and surrounding districts offer many exciting activities and pleasant places to visit. In the town centre there is a multitude of inviting restaurants and other nice meeting points.

The standard of hotels in Umeå is high and conference facilities are very good. A wide range of events such as the opera, theatre and festivals make Umeå an exciting cultural region.

A large number of the Holm islands are nature reserves, but a short bit inland a little village of around 100 inhabitants can be found. Sun worshipers should take note that, according to statistics, Holm island is Sweden's sunniest island. Examples of adventures that the region offers and which you will not forget are, white water rafting, seal safari, adventure courses with wildlife evenings or archipelago crossings. More relaxed activities such as hiking and canoeing in a variety of settings attract many people who simply love to enjoy the undisturbed Norrland environment.

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At the rivers Öreälven and Sävarån there are facilities for renting canoes for those who do not have their own. The trips traverse extremely beautiful countryside and paddling is not strenuous. Suitable for all ages! However, both white-water and calm water will be encountered along the waterways in the Åman lake system. If you do not feel like paddling yourself, but would still like to experience the force of the river, you can ride the rapids against the current in a Jetboat from Slöjdarna Hus in Vännäs. Along the river Vindelälven there are many white-water enterprises offering everything you need for an enjoyable adventure.

Scooter safari and husky dog tours are typical winter activities, but you can also get to meet reindeer and learn more about the Lapp culture. Älgens Hus is open all year round and here you can stroke a live moose. In Burträsk outside of Robertsfors, the home of Västerbotten cheese, you can not only shop but also taste the cheeses in a genuine cheese environment. The well-matured, golden Västerbotten cheese is one of the most prominent brand names in Swedish brand foods.

* Information is courtesy of Erja Back, Umeå Turistbyrå


Festivals & Events

Hultsfred Rock Festival, June

Sweden's largest rock festival for young and old. Sideshows incl. acrobats, comedians, tightrope walkers, jugglers, mimics, musicians and dancers.

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Midsummer celebrations all over the country, June

Perhaps the most characteristically Swedish tradition of all is the Midsummer celebration. The Midsummer holiday is celebrated on the weekend closest to 24 June, with Midsummer Eve on Friday followed by Midsummer Day on Saturday. Midsummer marks the longest day of the year, and the skies never really grow dark.

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Music on Lake Siljan, June

The Peer Gynt Festival is a ten day long cultural festival with an open air performance of Henrik Ibsens Peer Gynt, with music by Edvard Grieg, open air consert "Ved Rondane", art exhibition, and much more.

Around Gotland Sailing race, June - July

The worlds largest offshore sailing race.

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The Hälsinge Hambo, July

A huge festive and colorful, long line dance. Dance groups from Sweden and abroad dance and play while the World Champion of Hambo is selected from the thousands of dancing couples.

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Victoria Day, July

The island of Öland's National Day, celebrating Crown Princess Victoria's birthday with the Royal family. The ”Victoria Mini Marathon” is held during the day, and an extended marathon in the evening. The prestigious ”Victoria scholarship” is presented to a sports achiever. Information: Öland Tourist Office, tel: +46-485-390 20; Fax: 46-485-390 10

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Stockholm Jazz Festival, July

International jazz festival with international and Swedish world-acclaimed artists from the genres of jazz, blues, soul, funk and latin. In the center of Stockholm people gather to eat and enjoy the view as they listen to artists from all over the world. Sit and enjoy or dance to swing bands on the smaller stages.

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Medieval Festival Week, August

For one week the old town of Visby on the island of Gotland goes back in time to the Middle Ages. Locals dress up in historic costumes, knights demonstrate their strength in jousting tournaments and a maiden is locked in a tower. Carnival atmosphere and festivities; a mixture of sobriety and merriment, education and carnival extravagance in a genuine medieval town.

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The Gothenburg party, August

Swedens second largest and, some say, friendlest city throws a week long festival with an abundance of activities in the city center

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Lidingö Cross-Country Race, October

The worlds largest cross-country race for runners in beautiful Lindingö outside of Stockholm

Stockholm Open, October

The world famous tennis tournament.

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Stockholm International Film Festival, November

International film festival premiering over 100 films from all over the world.

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Nobel Prize Day, December

The Nobel Prize Awards are presented by H.M. the King at a formal ceremony in the Stockholm Concert Hall. By special invitation only. Banquet follows at the Stockholm City Hall.

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ST. Lucia Day, December

The coronation of Saint Lucia, the bearer of light. Celebrated all over Sweden on the darkest night of the year, December 13, when a young woman is chosen to lead the annual procession of light at Skansen open air museum.

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