The vast archipelago, shaped by weather and wind, midwinter cold and the magical summertime midnight light, is well-preserved and tranquil. An experience for everyone and for all the senses.
A well preserved world
The Luleå archipelago is part of the archipelago of the Gulf of Bothnia, stretching from Skellefteå in the south to Haparanda by the Finnish border in the northeast. The Bothnian archipelago is the world’s largest brackish water archipelago. The water is neither salt nor fresh, which affects the flora and fauna. There are 1,312 everchanging islands in the Luleå archipelago, shaped by weather and wind, midwinter cold and the magical summertime midnight light. This vast archipelago, near the city, is wellpreserved and tranquil. An experience for everyone and for all the senses. Those used to life in the archipelago often say that you leave everything behind on the main land. 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 mirrorlike waters become stormy seas.
Luleå's archipelago has islands almost completely made of sand!
During summer archipelago boats traffic our most popular islands everyday. Boat trips to the larger and most popular islands are comfortable and a great excursion for the whole family. On Sandön you will find the popular Klubbviken, with its two entirely different sides: one idyllic and simple with sandy beaches, restaurants and fun activities, one untouched and facing the sea. On the tour boat you can reach the archipelago with islands such as Kluntarna, Småskär, Brändöskär, Hindersön and Junkön – islands which have been inhabited for hundreds of years. Fishermen’s cabins, light house keepers’ cottages, lighthouses and log chapels remain. Travelling with your own boat, you can dock at one of Luleå’s guest harbours or choose a natural harbour and have an entire island to yourself.
Hop from beach to beach and walk across islands. Fall asleep and wake up in a tent or cottage in the archipelago, to the sound of sea birds, waves and winds. Bright, tranquil nights or days of adventure. Experience the Luleå archipelago in your own way.
Spending the night
There is nothing quite like it – the midnight light. Magical, calm and surreal it makes our summer nights unforgettable. Experience them in the archipelago, with the open sea in front of you for as far as the eye can see. No darkness in sight. Go to sleep with the sea breeze just outside your window, wake up and have your morning cup of coffee while dipping your toes in the ocean.
Luleå's archipelago offers plenty of different accommodations, choose between hotels and cabins, or if you are feeling adventurous why not bring a tent?
M/S Stella Marina and M/S Laponia traffic our waters every day during summer.