The fell area around Hemavan is an important destination, with the nature reserve of Vindelfjällen to the north and east the largest in Sweden, at 5,500 km2 (2,100 sq mi).
The ski resorts of Hemavan and Tärnaby (20 km away) form the biggest centre for downhill skiing in Sweden. The pists have among the biggest height differences in Sweden. The highest fell, Norra Storfjället, reaches 1,768 m (5,801 ft). Most tourist facilities are owned by a single company, Hemavan Alpint.
Hemavan itself is in the lowlands in the valley of the Ume river, by the lake Ahasjön. The area is a nationally important cultural landscape. Hemavan and its surroundings belong to the municipality Storuman. The Norwegian border is some 40 km away.
The first tourists came in the 1930s, as the road along the Ume river, continuing to Norway, was improved. The first ski lift was built 1954.
- 1 Hemavan Tärnaby Airport (HMV IATA) (1 km from the centre). Closed in summer. A small airport, with flights from Stockholm.
- 1 Botanic garden of alpine plants (Fjällbotaniska trädgården).
- Vindelfjällen visitor centre (Naturum Vindelfjällen).
- 2 Hemavan church.
- 1 Vindelfjällen.
- Tours and excursions. The Vindelfjällen visitor centre arranges tours and excursions. Check dates.
- Mountain biking. Some of the ski lifts can be used for bikes in the summer season.
There are hotels, cabins etc. in Hemavan. There are wilderness huts in Vindelfjällen, although a tent gives you more freedom to choose your routes.