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.
Västerbotten is renowned for its fantastic hiking trails. One of
the newest and most interesting can be found in Agnäs in the
Municipality of Bjurholm. Here volunteers and artists from the
region have created Klangvägen, which was
inaugurated on 14 June 2014. Culture and art blended with hiking
and stunning views. The idea of a trail lined with sound
installations that hikers activate comes from Switzerland, which
has a number of such sound trails.
The latest additions among the ten artworks are Kent Lindberg's Flottarkärlek and Tryggve Lundberg's TLT, Tryggves Lokal Trafik. At the latter, you can spin a train stop sign where the journey begins to hear the station names called out and then choose a destination.
Many people come to Västerbotten to hike part of the
world-famous - and 450-kilometre long - Kungsleden,
which winds through the high alpine centre of the Vindelfjällen
mountains with sharp peaks and rolling landscapes.
Others prefer to hike the nine-kilometre long Drottningleden between Hemavan and Laisaliden, to stroll around the peaceful countryside of Björnlandet National Park or to ramble along one of the many coastal trails.
The county has much to offer - both day trips and longer adventures, hiking for the adventurous and trails for families with children.
Hiking is a perfect activity for everyone - you just have to find the right trail. And that's most easily done in Västerbotten!
A few of Västerbotten's top hiking trails:
Vitberget to Varuträsk Vildmarksgruva. About 20 km.
Kyrkstigen between the country church in Skellefteå and the church in Burträsk, following the old parish road.
Åbyälvsleden, which follows the beautiful Åby River.
Nasaleden takes hikers deep into the magical forests of Västerbotten. The trail starts in Krångfors, passes through author Sara Lidman's Missenträsk and ends in Glommersträsk. 80 km.
Nordmaling and Fredrika.
Isälvsleden between Vindeln and Åmsele. Passes through the inland ice landscape. About 60 km.
Flottarstigen follows the Rickle River from Överklinten downstream to the sea. About 25 km.
Tavelsjöleden, which starts at the Regiment in Umeå and continues to Tavelsjöberget and Torrberget adjacent to the Vindel River and the Vindel River Trail.
Lögdeälvens Vildmarksled passes through many beautiful natural surroundings. Total length about 85 km.
Klimpfjäll has both hiking and bike trails.
Björnlandet National Park in Åsele Municipality.
Marsfjället Nature Reserve in Vilhelmina Municipality, with hiking trails that run right through the heart of the nature reserve.
Blaikfjället Nature Reserve on the border between the municipalities of Vilhelmina and Dorotea.
Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve is located in the municipalities of Storuman and Sorsele and is one of Europe's largest protected areas.