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.
In recent years it has established itself as one of the country’s leading museums for photography and the visual arts. Painting, sculpture, drawings, graffiti, video and installations, but also photojournalism, design, architecture and the world of scientific images are presented in about 15 exhibitions per year. The museum´s new seven – story building enjoys phenomenal views. Along with its shop and café the museum is by the Umeälven river. Entrance is free.
The basic exhibitions in Västerbotten’s museum deal with the county’s ancient past, its cultural history, the life of settlers and reindeer husbandry. The photographer Sune Jonsson’s fantastic pictures of the agricultural landscape of Norrland are also to be found here. Gammlia is a hive of activity in the summer. Historical buildings have been moved here from various parts of the county, and together with the farm animals and the people living in the cottages who are dressed in keeping with the period, they create an authentic environment.
Skulpturparken, Sculpture Park, which is located in the former hospital compound in Umedalen, is considered to be one of Europe’s most distinguished sculpture parks and is also one of Västerbottens most visited sites in the summer. More than 150 Swedish and international artists has since the start in 1994 exhibited their works in Umedalen Skulptur, an exhibition that is organized every summer. Today there are also 26 purchased and permanent works in the park. Skulpturparken also has a garden landscape in connection with the IKSU Spa, Umeå’s so-called cultural spa. The garden is created by one of Sweden’s famous landscaping artists, Ulf Nordfjell. Skultpturparken is open to everyone year-round seven days a week.
The Women’s history museum, the only one of its kind in Sweden. To highlight structures and ideas about male and female, the new museum will raise the profiles of women in historiography. It will be a living museum that attracts repeated visits. The Women’s history museum will surprise. It will also twist and turn aspects and perspectives. It is to be a place for action, laughter and debate.
Älgens Hus in Bjurholm, 45 minutes from Umeå, gives you the chance to get really close to the king of the forest you might even be able to stroke or feed him? The farm produces elk cheese which it goes without saying is available for purchase. Prebooking wintertime is required.
Historical and cultural sights and beautiful scenery along the beautiful river Umeriver Valley. Our rushing waters, verdant forests, astonishing views and masses of attractions offering history, art and culture can be enjoyed on foot, from a bicycle saddle or by car. The whole trail is around 30 km.
A group of islands with a fascinating history in Västerbotten’s only archipelago, forty kilometres south of Umeå. At the turn of the century this was the location for Europe’s largest steam sawmill. It is now an idyllic place with experiences for all the family. Good food and accommodation in a country estate environment at the Hotel Norrbyskär (see Accommodation). A passenger ferry operating several trips per day during the summer takes you to the island from Norrbyn. Summer activity.
Bjurholms Golfcourse- The 18-hole golf course in Bjurholm is unique. It is rated as one of the most beautiful and challenging golf courses in Sweden. The open landscape and rolling hills provide strategic challenges and magnificent views in a pleasant environment. The golf course is located in an undulated landscape with some quite steep slopes. A round of golf usually takes about five hours, but it is time well spent.
Sörfors Golfcourse- The golf course in Sörfors is laid out on arable land and is designed as a typical park. It is an enjoyable and challenging 18 hole course. The club is known for being a family club, where both beginners and the more skilled players are happy. Restaurant with home cooking.
Offers you the possibility to play golf 24 hours a day from noon until noon! With 27 holes we give you the variation of three courses. A fully equipped Pro Shop, two Club Professionals, golf carts, golf range, trolleys, restaurant, bar, all that you require to make your Golf Holiday one to remember and make friends for life. Located only ten minutes away from the Airport and Umeå City Centre and all it has to offer.
Granöbygdens Golfclub- Is a 9 hole golf course located in Tegsnäset. In the middle of nature, surrounded by a stress free environment you can combine golf, calmness and silence. Driving range, practice area and access to food and beverages is located on the area. There is also golf equipment available for rent.
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.
Harriet has been named after the Manager Erica's grandmother, a lovely woman who does not actually wasn't so thrived in front of the fireplace, but better at the dining table and as a hostess for their relatives and friends. Harriet always appreciated good food and good company, preferably in combination with a glass of red or golden beer. In the same way, they want our guests to enjoy their stay at the table at Harriet, the work in front of the fireplace will take our talented chefs care and service are our pleasant dinner service staff.
Artonnittiosju (1897) is a restaurant that has become a natural meeting place for guests of Hotel Mimer and Umeå residents alike. Here, it is not just good food and drink that are important. So that the experience appeals to all our visitors’ senses, equal attention is given to atmosphere and service.
Angelini Restaurant offers Italian and American cuisine in a fresh and modern environment The restaurant serves everything from classic Italian dishes and American steaks to fresh salads, soups and pizzas. Here you can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and smaller meals in the cool lobby bar to the sound of modern music.
This is a new bistro in exciting premises. Its restaurant and bar are popular with Umeå residents and visitors alike. The bistro offers brunch, lunchtime meals, bar snacks while you laze, light refreshments and everything in between. Our cuisine draws inspiration from ports and countries all around the world.
Köksbaren is a gastrobar, a popular restaurant for anyone who likes to hang out and eat good quality food. Book a table in the dining room or slink in and sit down at the large table in the bar. It should be easy to get to know the taste of the really fine ingredients. Köksbaren puts out extra plates for entrees and snacks so it's possible to try food from each other. Main courses varies with the season. Or why not try grilled meat in a charkoal oven, just like you want it.
Just around the corner, in the heart of Umeå at Renmarkstorget you will find us. The menu is written on a weekly basis and the dishes are seasonal. The beverage list is based on their own favorites and have been handpicked with precision to match the food served. The range of exclusive quality wines, champagne and exciting beers are great and plenty.
The cafe is adjacent to Rådhustorget. The owners have been running the café in these premises in nearly 30 years. Yo can come to the cafe to eat breakfast at. 8 as well as for lunch or a coffee. There is a full range of delicious salads, soups, grilled sourdough bread and of course tasty cakes, everything, all day! The cafe is KRAV-certified, actually Umeå only KRAV-certified coffee shop. Welcome!
Classic Swedish cafés of the old style are becoming rarities – but here is a real gem. Nk is situated in one of Umeå’s best preserved wooden buildings from the 1920s which has a listed facade which may not be altered. A 1950s feel pervades the premises which smell of coffee and freshly baked bread.
Since 1997 Café Station offers pastries and sandwiches, lunch table with home made cooking. In the Café it's also musical entertainment many times a week. A lot of families and children visit us but everyone is welcome. In the summer you borrow a picnic basket filled with food and then go out in the Rådhuspark, close to the café
The food at the Italian restaurant Invito, gives you a unique experience which is cooked from a charcoal grill or pizzaoven. Invito Ristorante Italiano serves Italian à la carte with an influence of the landscape Norrland. Invito is one of the biggest restaurants in Umeå and has 160 seats at two floors. The restaurant turns into a nightclub during the weekends and nights, it is a capacity of 550 visitors. During the summer there is also a terrace with 100 seats for eating.
Pipes of Scotland offers a wide selection of beer and whisky can offer many different dishes from their exciting menu. Pipes is located close to Rådhustorget along Rådhusesplanaden with a pleasant atmosphere with Scottish overtones. Among their range of 17 different beers on draft and 50 bottled varieties. They also offer about 70 different kinds of whiskey. But even if you are not fond of beer and whiskey are also a large assortment of other beverages; with or without alcohol.
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.
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).
The centre of Umeå is about 4 kilometres from the airport. Airport busses depart from the front of the station building about 10 minutes after arrival from Stockholm. Inquiries about times of the airport bus can also be made at 090-16 22 50. There are taxis waiting outside the station hall on arrival and it takes only 10 minutes to travel to the city centre. If there are no cars there are direct telephones to the taxis between the entrance doors. To book a flight taxi, phone: 020-97 97 97.
Within Umeå city centre most places are within walking distance. Travel to the different city districts is provided by the local bus service, Ultra. Communications in the county are well developed, a necessity in a region where there are mile after mile of deep forests, rushing rivers and wilderness separating towns and villages from each other. Länstrafiken i Västerbotten is the principal provider of all public bus transport in Västerbotten and its routes run between the villages.
Kronans Droghandel is centrally located at Renmarkstorget 9 and stays open Mon to Fri from 9.30 to 18.00, Sat from 10.00-15.00, Sun closed. The chemists at Norrlands University Hospital is open until 20.00 and is opened on Sundays aswell. For out of hours queries you can phone +46 771 450450, 24 hours a day, for the price of a local call.