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The town of silver birches does not only offer top-class culture. Some of the very best restaurants in northern Sweden are also found here, and they serve local culinary delicacies with singular precision. Add to that, an exceptional outdoor life, and you will understand why tens of thousands of students feel so at home in Umeå.

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Dog sled

A trip with a dog team, wrapped up in warm blankets under the northern lights, is a superb way of experiencing the countryside of Norrland. Perhaps you’ll encounter an elk or a reindeer? Hedlunda Husky, Granö Beckasin (picture), River Lake Huskies and Aurora Borealis.

Guitars - The museum
Vasagatan 18-20, Umeå

Umeå brothers Samuel and Michael Åhdén possess one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of guitars and starting in 2014 the whole world has a chance to see it. You can visit the experience-based, interactive exhibition of electric guitars, basses, amps and music accessories at Umeå Guitar Museum. The museum houses about 500 exhibits altogether. Alongside the exhibition the museum arranges lectures, temporary exhibitions and presentations of new developments. World stars will also visit the museum during the year and hold ‘clinics’ – open guitar lessons.

Hunger & törst
Strandgatan 15, 903 29 Umeå

A visit to "Hunger och Törst" should always be perceived as exciting and varied. In the restaurant's warm atmosphere they want to convey their curiosity and love for the raw material. The raw materials are carefully selected for what they think is best and most exciting at the moment.

Orangeriet Boule & Bistro
Kungsgatan 71, 90326 Umeå

Tasty Mediterranean cuisine in an authentic setting. Take the opportunity and play some Boule.

Antiques & second-hand

Central Umeå offers many possibilities for making those finds of high quality antiques.

Kungsgatan 54, Umeå

Shopping mall along the pedestrian street in central Umeå built in three floors. From McDonald’s that lies at the street level, to Clas Ohlsson at the top floor. Besides them, there are plenty more well-known stores for you to visit at MVG.

Passport / Visa

Sweden can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

There are extensive skiing opportunities in the region, so those looking to go skiing on their trip to Umeå should best plan their trip for the snowy winter months. The period from May to September tends to be the most pleasant temperature-wise, and and many events take place during the summer months (like the famous Swedish Midsummer celebration in June).

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