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.
- 1 Sundsvalls turistbyrå, Stora Torget, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M–F 11:00–18:00; Sa 11:00–15:00.
The regional gateway is 1 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 3½ 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. There are two railway stations in town, the main 2 Sundsvall Centralstation and the smaller 3 Sundsvall Västra station. In general, express trains stop only at the first one while regional trains stops at both stations.
A range of long-distance buses travels along the Swedish coast makes stop-overs in Sundsvall. This is often the cheapest way of travelling, 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.
Central Sundsvall is characterized by Stenstaden (the stone city), built after a great fire in 1888. At this time, Sundsvall was one of the richest cities in Sweden and the rebuilding of the city included a large number of art nouveau buildings, many with lavish exteriors.
- 2 Norra Stadsberget (North-west of the city centre). A nice recreational area with several museums and a great view of 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.
- 1 Casino Cosmopol Sundsvall, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. 12:00-03:00. One of Sweden's four casinos, and the only one in Norrland. Although far from the glamour of Monaco, you can still spend (or with some luck, win) a lot of cash here.
- 2 Södra Berget, Södra Stadsberget 1, Sundsvall, Sweden, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A hilltop complex overlooking the entire city, complete with a hotel, a bowling center, day spa and a restaurant.
- 1 Brandstation Bar & Matsalar, Köpmangatan 29, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Lunch M-F 11:00-14:00, dinner F-Sa 17:00-23:00. Low-priced Swedish gourmet cuisine, located close to city center. Single course from 220 kr, three-course menu starts at 415 kr, lunch 90-155 kr.
- 3 Tant Anci & Fröken Sara, Bankgatan 15, ☎ . A café with focus on ecological and locally sourced produce.
Almost all bars are in the "Stenstaden" area.
- 1 Elite Hotel Knaust, Storgatan 13, ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Built in 1891 and extensively renovated 2002 this hotel is a landmark in itself, and ranks among the best in town. From 950 kr per night.
- 2 Best Western Hotell Baltic, Sjögatan 5 (600 m from Central Station), ☎ , fax: , e-mail: email@example.com. Three-star hotel opposite the Kulturmagasinet complex, with views of the waterfront.
- 3 Södra Bergets Vandrarhem, Regementsvägn 5, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A small hostel with 16 rooms 1½ km from the city center. Dormatory from 185 kr, single rooms from 255 kr..
|Routes through Sundsvall|
|Stockholm ← Gävle ←||W E||→ Umeå → Haparanda|
|Trondheim ← Östersund ←||W E||→ END|