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Luleå offers something for everyone

Luleå offers plenty of activities to fill your days with and our natural environment is something you simply have to see.

Luleå is a coastal city with water in reach wherever you turn. We are close to our beautiful archipelago but also to the rivers that surround the city. In the Råne River, fishing is often good, regardless of whether you’re after the salmon in the northern parts of the river or the pike, closer to the coastal mouth.

The Råne River is the largest forest river in Sweden and one of the few not developed for hydroelectric power, with long stretches running through un­touched nature. However, the Råne River has many faces – in some spots the flow of water speeds up and the otherwise calm fishing and canoeing river turns into a perfect place for whitewater rafting.

There is a lot to explore on land too. Our many, long hiking trails are great for those who wish to explore the flora and fauna. The Hertsöleden trail, exi­ting at the Ormberget recreation area, as well as the mighty boulder ridges of the Bälingeberget mountain, are two favourites amongst hikers.

More and more people choose fatbiking instead of hiking these days. This eye­catching bicycle with abnormally wide tyres will take you across sticks and stones, mires and sand. Exploring Luleå’s natural environment on a fatbike is a perfect way to get around, simultaneously providing an injection of adrenaline.

Climbers have great options for satisfying their needs at Snipen in Niemi­sel and Kvarnberget on Brändön where the inland ice sheet has moved large boulders to the coast – perfect for bouldering.

Our summer lasts for 100 days with no night, a natural environment that never sleeps and experiences that never end.

Gokart

For those of you looking for high-speed experiences, you can go karting, solo or together – on a 690 metre track. The race track is located in a scenic environment by the Lulviksvägen road to the airport (opposite Nordkalotten Hotell & Konferens).

www.luleamotorsallskap.org

Luleå Golfklubb

Luleå has Sweden’s northern most 27-hole course and it is likely to have some of the best lighting conditions in the world. Luleå’s midnight light means that you can even play a round in the middle of the night. Equipment can be hired on location (everything you need, as well as golf carts). Here you can also enjoy a good meal at Rutvik Golfrestaurang, serving Swedish fika and home cooked meals.

www.luleagolf.se

Golfängen Miniature Golf

At Golfängen you will find an 18-hole course where you can challenge friends and family to a round of miniature golf in a scenic environment. Here you can also enjoy a fika at the canopied open-air cafe.

www.golfangen.se

Steel Park

Go for a ride at Sweden’s northernmost concrete park for skateboards, BMX etc. Here, you can ride all you like – the park is open to everyone 24/7!

steelpark.blogg.se

Cape Wild

Cape Wild is a newly established wilderness centre located about 10 km outside central Luleå, just south of the Lule River. Say hello to the moose Zigge and his friends Zebbe and Zaga, as well as the reindeer Sven and his six mates. Book a visit as a part of a larger group or a VIP-visit for just you and a friend. 

www.capewild.se

Hertsö Organic Farm

Close to flourishing allotments, at the far end of the Hertsön residential area, is Hertsö Miljögård (Hertsö Organic Farm). There are sheep, rabbits, pigs, hens and nice barbecuing sites here. The café at Storgården serves homemade pastries, sandwiches and waffles. The farm has a garden of its own and the surrounding forest areas are wheelchair accessible. There are several trails, like the Health Trail, just nearby. Please note: the café doesn’t take credit cards.

www.lulea.se

Bondgården Bälinge

The Bälinge farm is newly established, located about 15 km outside central Luleå, along the Route 616 tourism road*. A shop, accommodation and a restaurant are under construction at the farm. Visit the farm, learn more about agriculture, enjoy some home baked Swedish fika and say hello to all the animals. Note! If you wish to visit the farm you book your tickets on their website. 

www.bondgardenbalinge.se

*Route 616 is a scenic, 33 kilometre route on the southern side of the Lule River, between Luleå and Boden. Here you will find a number of nature reserves and destinations, as well as a wide array of small businesses selling products and services.

 

Upzone – adventure at high altitude!

Upzone is Luleå’s new high-altitude obstacle course, opened in the spring of 2018. Here, you can challenge yourself amongst the treetops by walking between the trees and whizzing along ziplines. The courses vary in difficulty and are fun for all ages. The adventure begins with a safety demonstration before you ascend the courses. Please be as- sured that you will always be supervised by trained instruc- tors. This means that you can relax and enjoy the surroun- dings. A full body harness, helmet and gloves are provided on location. You just need to bring suitably sturdy clothing, closed shoes, a positive mindset and a lot of willpower!

www.upzone.se/lulea

Climbing and bouldering

Approximately 60 km north of central Luleå, west of the village Niemisel in the northern parts of the municipality, you will find climbing to suit everyone, it does sound a bit
of a cliché, but in this case it really is true. The
mtV wall is approximately 25 metres tall and located on the mountain, Snipen, an absolute must for climbers in northern Sweden. Here you will find 36 named climbing trails with fixed bolts and top anchors. If you are an experienced climber, the trail, när lammen tystnar (The Silence of the Lambs) is for you. For those of you who are newcomers, there are several easier climbs. If bouldering, free climbing across larger boulders, is your cup of tea – we recommend you visit Kvarn- berget, about 100 metres away from the Brändö Lodge, where large boulders, deposited by the inland ice sheet, stand ready for climbing. Here you will find about 65 dif- ferent boulders of varying difficulty, from the awe-inspiring ‘psycho’ to the friendlier ‘tintin in tibet’.

www.luleklattrarna.se/utomhusklattring

 

Camping in a tree tent

Experience a night in midnight light, in a tree tent at the Klubbviken Havsbad, on Sandön in the Luleå archipelago. Head out to Klubbviken with your own boat or on a tour boat and enjoy the tranquillity amongst the treetops. Each tent accommodates up to three people. There are also other activities available to try. You can for instance rent kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and fatbikes.

www.laplandarchipelago.com

 

Gammelstadsviken

A couple of hundred years ago, Gammelstadsviken was a bay. Here, cargo boats sailed into Luleå Harbour, then located outside the Gammelstad Church Town. Today, it is a lake, whose only traffic consists of animals – and mainly birds. You will have to travel almost 1,000 kilometres to the south to experience a bird fauna rivalling that of Gammelstadsviken. Examples of returning guests at the lake are whooper swans, Canada geese, ospreys, robin redbreasts and hazel grouse. You can easily find your way here from the car park of the Hägnan Outdoor Museum, where a pleasant trail with footbridges has been prepared for hikers. It is an absolute must for bird-watching enthusiasts and an excellent destination for those who wish to experience the beautiful countryside and go on a light hike.

 

Go berry-picking

Blueberries and arctic cranberries, northern Sweden’s most common berries in the wild, are easy to find and many know their distinguishing features and taste. However, we would like to tell you about two other berries that you should know about – because they are simply magnificent.

Sallow thorn

A peculiar bush, growing on areas of land uplift out in the archipelago. The berries are rich in vitamin C and a delicious ingredient in jam, marmalade or beverages. Pick them carefully, – the berries are very brittle and the bush grubby.

Arctic raspberry

Nothing like the regular raspberry. Flavoursome, with a sweet aroma, found by beach meadows, open meadows and ditch banks. Pick them one by one or you risk mashing the berries.

 

Avans gårdsbutik

Between Luleå and Boden, on the south side of the Lule River, lies Avans gårdsbutik. On the farm, there are about 30 Gotland Pelt ewes. In the shop, you can buy pelts, yarn, handicraft and in the autumn there is also fresh lamb. The Swedish Lapland cousin of oilseed rape, turnip rape, also grows here. Turnip rape is nourished by the long, bright summer nights which give the oil its taste. Use it for baking, cooking and salads. It is also useful as a massage and body oil.

www.avansgardsbutik.se