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The archipelago and water

EU - European Region Development Fund

There are 1,312 ever-changing islands in the Luleå archipelago, shaped by weather and wind, midwinter cold and the magical summertime, midnight sun. The people of Luleå long wanted to keep this vast archipelago near the city, to themselves, consequently, it is tranquil and well-preserved.

An experience for everyone and for all the senses. Hop from beach to beach and walk across islands with your children. Fall asleep and wake up in a cottage in the archipelago, to the sound of sea birds, waves and winds. Bright, tranquil nights or days of adventure. A day trip or island hopping. Experience the Luleå archipelago in your own chosen way. Those used to life in the archipelago often say that you leave everything behind on the mainland. 

Worldly things leave your mind and time itself slows down. Here, there is a fresh fragrance, an aroma of sea and not harbour. The weather shifts. Sun turns to summer rain and mirror-like waters become stormy seas. The archipelago is whimsical. The popular island, Klubbviken, for instance, has two completely different sides: one idyllic and simple with sandy beaches, restaurants and fun activities and the other, untouched and facing the sea. A well-preserved world.

Boat traffic to the larger islands is frequent and comfortable. Travelling by your own boat, you can dock at a natural harbour and have an entire island to yourself. The archipelago is wild, yet accessible, flat and safe for children. Here, you can let your mind run free. Swim in the freshwater of Swedish Lapland’s mighty rivers. Further out, the river meets the sea and the water becomes brackish.

Taste the archipelago. Enjoy the amazing archipelago buffet aboard the tour boat M/S Laponia. The salmon is caught in sea bays and berries and mushrooms are picked on the islands. Enjoy fried herring at Klubbviken, with mashed potatoes, lingonberries and clarified butter.

Some islands have been inhabited for hundreds of years. On the outer rim of the archipelago you will find the islands, Rödkallen, Kluntarna, Småskär and Brändöskär. Fishermen’s cabins, lighthouse keepers’ cottages, sea pilots’ cottages and lighthouses remain. You can walk inside 18th century log chapels. In winter, you can watch as the almost magical pack ice rises like a wall against the rest of the world.

In summer, the sea opens up to the horizon. The flora and fauna is unique. Here you will find roe deer, elk, sea eagles and reindeer, left behind after grazing the islands in winter. Farthest out, seals are a more common sight. In the water, you will find fish such as herring, salmon, pike perch, grayling, pike and vendace. The greatest culinary experience, next to the vendace roe, is said to be the sea trout.

Here, there are fish and seals that belong in the Arctic Ocean, relics from the end of the ice age. In the archipelago, cloudberries, sea-buckthorn and arctic raspberries grow. Clean air and light nights fill the berries with flavour. Here, you can feel the fragrance of heather, clay and Bothnian field wormwood. You can also catch a glimpse of the rare eyebright Euphrasia bottnica, found nowhere else in the world. We wanted to keep this place to ourselves – and that made it a well-preserved and tranquil one, perfect for adventures and experiences, or for quiet, never-ending days.

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