This trail is 450 kilometres long and passes through the Swedish mountains. It's one of the best hiking trails in the world.
Borgafjäll, Kittelfjäll and Klimpfjäll in southern delights Lapland are undiscovered delights for many winter tourists.
The first snow has fallen over Västerbotten. Winter is coming and cars must have winter tyres. But did you know that the Sami have 200 different expressions for snow and its quality?
If you're in or around Umeå and wondering what to do with your family, why not make your way to Västerbottens Museum? It has something for everyone and this year the programme is broader than ever.
In Umeå, urban and rural are never far apart. Follow the Ume River until you see a horse farm and you'll have found Umeå's new green restaurant. Central but still in the countryside.
What does the Vindel River have in common with places such as Camargue, Denali, Yellowstone, Amboseli, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Pantanal and Galapagos? Well, since February this year the river valley is a candidate for UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere programme.
Ryanair began operating flights between Skellefteå and London in spring 2014. Skellefteå was the only destination in Scandinavia to been given one of the new routes from London-Stansted.
Guitars, more guitars and even more guitars. The Åhdén twins from Vännäsby created the world's finest collection of vintage guitars that has now turned into Guitars - The Museum in Umeå.
Tourists from around the world come to Ekorrsele, 38 kilometres north-west of Vindeln, to go dog-sledding. Since they started Aurora Borealis in 1993 Donald Eriksson and Maria Gustafsson have welcomed customers from Australia, China, South Africa, Israel and several EU countries. - About 70 per cent of our guests are from other countries. For them, it's an exotic experience to ride straight out into the wilds on a dog-sled, says Donald Eriksson.
Västerbotten in summer has lots of different events to offer. And plenty of major folk festivals! Åsele market, the Umeå football festival, the Holmön Song Festival and trästockfestivalen in Skellefteå are some of the biggest.
Thorbjörn Holmlund has operated the Svansele Vildmarkcenter, a colossal wilderness centre that houses one of Northern Europe's largest wilderness exhibits. A popular place to visit, even for royalty. "We have had a guest who wore a crown, but I can't tell you anymore than that," says Thorbjörn Holmlund.
The Bjuröklubb Nature Reserve attracts 35 000 visitors every year. The lighthouse, also known as den gamla damen or the old lady, is an obvious attraction. But you'll also find outstanding coastal landscapes and exciting maritime history here. "Anyone coming to Bjuröklubb will never forget their visit. The nature and cultural values are hard to beat!" says Staffan Markström, Chairman of Arena Bjuröklubb, a nonprofit organisation.
A tremendous nature experience.So describes Peter Näslund a
visit to one of Västerbotten's nature reserves.
- You can experience nature as it was before human exploitation began, he says.
Västerbotten has fishing waters to suit everybody, beginners and pros alike. A number of the fishing waters in the county are internationally renowned and entice crowds of Swedish and foreign tourists to visit every year. "Fishing is an incredibly relaxing pastime, but at the same time it's exciting. It's really something worth doing," says Mats Byström at Fiskecentrum in Saxnäs.
White Guide has produced a list of the best restaurants in the Nordic countries. Four of these restaurants are in the county of Västerbotten.
The trip begins in Ammarnäs. Up onto the Ammarfjället mountain and straight out into silence. You hear only the swishing of the sled and the dogs panting. Come along on a dog team adventure in true Jack London spirit.
Home to Sweden's largest wilderness museum. And much, much more. In Svansele, adventure is never far away and a wilderness buffet is always on the go.
Photographer Magnus Ström likes autumn. The intensive
colours give photographs something extra.
"You have to make the most of the good days," he says.
If you like to enjoy good food and dramatic natural surroundings then the Mårdsele Rapids Café and Restaurant is definitely worth a visit.
Västerbotten is a large county with safe roads that take you safely and securely through areas with sizeable gold deposits, a fantastic cultural history, soaring mountains and fast-flowing rivers. Discover the pearls along the fine roads of Västerbotten.
Exclusive fishing in exceptional waters, or readily accessible fishing in the local area. Ammarnäs has fishing for everyone: from professionals to families with children. And more and more people are starting to realise this. The peak season is in the summer, but fishermen - and women - from far and near come to this village in southern Lapland to catch grayling, pike, char and the special Ammarnäs salmon trout all year round.
Reindeer, char, Västerbotten cheese, cloudberries and chanterelles. Västerbotten has plenty of delicacies to choose from on which the sea, the soil, the forests and the mountains have set their mark. "We have a wide range of ingredients to offer; everything from vegetables that have ripened in the light summer nights to fish from the mountains and sea and fabulous game," says Susanne Jonsson, food creator.
Västerbotten Lappland has produced a great many skiing champions this century and last. This is not least true of Tärna IK Fjällvinden, one of the world's most successful clubs in downhill skiing. The club's latest rising star is Magdalena "Monne" Fjällström. Born in 1995, she is ranked as one of Sweden's best in her age group and normally trains together with Anja Pärson. - Anja inspires and encourages me. She's a fantastic role model, says Magdalena Fjällström.
Sami handicrafts, weaving, paintings, yoiking, museums and guided tours. Sven-Åke and Doris Risfjell tell people all about the Sami culture in lots of different ways. Their base is their shop and gallery Risfjells Sameslöjd in Vilhelmina, which is visited every year by people from all over the world. "We're driven by a strong passion," explains Doris Risfjell.
Always ask for food made from Västerbotten ingredients. and try always to eat at restaurants that are members of Gastro Botnia. That's the advice of food professional Ella Nilsson to anyone who'd like to enjoy some fantastic food in Västerbotten this summer.
Christmas is approaching. This means that it is time for Christmas markets in various locations across Västerbotten.
The Swedish Institute has listed "24 landmarks of Swedish architecture" A hotel in the county of Västerbotten is on that list.
Do you like hiking? Then Västerbotten's the place for you. Short and intensive? Long and taxing? Or perhaps stunning and relaxing? Or why not try Klangvägen - a unique hiking trail with a focus on sound.
Sweden's best lay-by is in Västerbotten - according to a survey conducted by Swedish vehicle-owners association Motormännen.
A number of orchids and other rare plants found in two marshlands outside Boliden have gained sanctuary following the establishment of two new nature reserves.
Paddling a canoe is much about cooperation and the narrower the overgrown waterways become the more important that cooperation becomes. Just 10 minutes from the centre of Skellefteå you'll find the perfect waters for canoeing.
In 1997 physical education teacher Per Strömberg took his ninth-graders on an educational trip to Kittelfjäll. Two years and four months later he started Active Ski Travel, that today has taken over 20,000 skiing enthusiasts to Kittelfjäll.
Västerbotten is a county full of stories. A number of authors famous in Sweden and elsewhere grew up here: Torgny Lindgren, Stieg Larsson and Sara Lidman, to name but a few. Our county offers a number of opportunities to get a little bit closer to our authors. Visit the village of Raggsjö in the municipality of Norsjö, for example, where Torgny Lindgren came from. This is a place where you can immerse yourself in the environment in which the author grew up and get closer to his literary works.
Gammlia area, Nordanå, Fatmomakke, Gammplatsen and Olofsfors bruk
When TV presenter Sverker Olofsson has guests, he loves to take
them for a stroll along the Vindelälven National River.
- There are some real pearls along the river, all the way from the Norwegian border down to Vännäs. Just sitting by the water with a cup of coffee in your hand, enjoying the magnificent natural beauty of it all - it's a new experience every time, he says.
TV chef and cookbook author Susanne Jonsson has prepared food for people from around the world. - Foreign visitors want to experience our local food culture. They think it's fantastic that we can get our raw produce directly from a clean, unspoilt natural environment.
Glaciers, cliffs, rolling landscapes and sharp mountaintops. It's easy to find hiking trails with dramatic and beautiful nature all around in Västerbotten. "Hiking is for everyone - you just have to find the right terrain and length of hike," says guide Johan af Ekenstam