- Umeå is the county seat and, by far, the largest city.
- Hemavan, a secluded ski resort by the largest nature reserve in Sweden, trailhead to the famous Kungsleden hiking trail
- Tärnaby, a ski resort which has fostered several ski champions
While the coastal Västerbotten province has culturally been part of Sweden since the Middle Ages, Lappland is a traditional homeland of the Sami people. Many settlers from middle Sweden arrived during the early 20th century; currently population is decreasing, except the bustling city of Umeå.
While Sami language is spoken together with some archaic Swedish dialects bondska, virtually everyone speaks Swedish as their mother tongue.
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- Umeå airport
- Skellefteå airport
- Hemavan-Tärnaby airport
- Lycksele airport
- Vilhelmina airport
SJ has trains from Stockholm to Umeå.
- From Stockholm or Malmö to Umeå/Skellefteå: road E4.
- From Stockholm or Malmö to Vilhelmina/Storuman/Tärnaby: road E4 to Sundsvall, then road 331.
- Länstrafiken i Västerbotten has local and regional buses.
The county will be of interest primarily to nature lovers, and hikers will here find quite some wilderness. But the mines of Kiruna or the ice hotel are other points of interest.
- See also: Nordic cuisine
While Umeå has a lively community of vegans and vegetarians, fishing and hunting are pastimes in the countryside.
Nightlife can mainly be found in Umeå, and at the ski resorts.