Four rivers flow through the Umeå region: the changeable Lödgeälven, the curvaceous Öreälven, the powerful
Umeälven, and the wild Vindelälven – all with their very own tempers, all presenting different sides to the river country. “Historically everything was transported by river, of course,” says Erja Back, project manager at Visit Umeå. “So, up until 1979, you could see the timber logs being transported through the city by rafts.” Those looking for an authentic traditional Swedish countryside experience can book a stay at the award-winning Wallhalla Bed & Breakfast, recently voted the second-best B&B in the country.

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