Sundsvall is the seat of Västernorrland County, and the only city in the Medelpad province in Sweden. The population figure is about 55,000 but including suburbs the population is close to 100,000. It is located in a hilly area by the coast and is the centre of an industrial district (pulp and paper factories, sawmill, aluminium industry, hydroelectric power). Sundsvall also houses one of the major campuses of the Mittuniversitetet (Mid Sweden University), which got university status in 2005.
The regional gateway is Sundsvall-Timrå Airport, located 21 km north of the city. There are daily domestic flights from Stockholm, Gothenburg (direct flights through Nextjet) and Luleå with seasonal connections from Visby. A airport shuttle bus takes about 45 minutes to the city centre.
Daily express trains from Stockholm make the journey to Sundsvall in 3.5 hours, with intermediate stops in Uppsala and Gävle. Standard fares range from 200 to 900 kr depending on demand; prices are significantly better if you book in advance. There are also X-Tåget regional trains from Gävle, and Norrtåg services from Östersund (for connections to Trondheim) and from Umeå.
A range of long-distance buses travels along the Swedish coast makes stop-overs in Sundsvall. This is often the cheapest way of traveling, but not very fast. Most buses comes from Luleå or Umeå going south-ward to Stockholm or vice versa. A trip from Stockholm might take up to six hours.
With local buses operated by Din Tur or taxi.
City area with old stone houses, "Stenstaden". All built around 1890 after the great fire in 1888 that destroyed the whole city.
"Kulturmagasinet", museum and library, in the city near the harbor.
The museums at "Norra Stadsberget", which also is a nice recreational area. There's a great view over the city.
Visit the "Sundsvall Street Festival", which is held in the first week of July. A street party with a lot of great artists.
Sundsvall has more than 60 restaurants, bars and pubs, more than anywhere else in Norrland. Most international cuisine is represented and of course Swedish traditional husmanskost.
Almost all bars are in the "Stenstaden" area.
|Routes through Sundsvall|
|Stockholm ← Gävle ←||W E||→ Umeå → Haparanda|
|Trondheim ← Östersund ←||W E||→ END|