In Luleå, industry, history, culture and sport meet in a delightful combination. Here, you find one of Sweden’s largest ports of shipment, and a steel industry that represents the backbone of the region’s economy. Sweden’s northernmost and oldest university of technology is also located in Luleå.
Unique church town
If you are interested in history, a visit to the world’s largest and best-preserved church town is a must. Norrland region's largest medieval stone church is located here. The surrounding village has no less than 400 cottages. The village is so unique that it has been added to the Unesco World Heritage List.
Cheer on the pros
Located by Lule river is the town’s culture house where you can listen to many Swedish artists and familiarise yourself with some of Sweden’s artistry. Those of you who prefer drama and action would perhaps appreciate attending a match with one of the town’s elite teams in basketball or ice hockey.
Just one hour by car from Luleå you reach Pite Havsbad with its many activities including waterpark, spa and golf. Kalix, with its Torne och Kalix national rivers, is located at a similar distance in the opposite direction. With a bit of luck on your side, it is not unlikely to find a grayling or salmon on the end of your hook. If you find yourself in Piteå during the last week of July, you have the opportunity to listen to plenty of live music at the Dansar och Ler street festival. Luleåkalaset is another festival organised in Luleå each year.
Relax in the archipelago
Isolation sums up the Luleå archipelago. Jump aboard a boat and island hop among the 1,312 islands. But the archipelago offers more than just summertime activities. In the winter, the ice is often ideal for cross-country skiing, snowmobile rides, long-distance skating or dogsledding. If you enjoy fishing, ice fishing is always a good option, and a dip in an ice hole before and after a visit to the sauna is no experience for the faint hearted.