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Västerbotten County, Västerbottens län, in Norrland in Sweden contains the coastal province Västerbotten, as well as southern Lappland.


Västerbotten County.


Southern Lappland

Other destinations

  • Hemavan, a secluded ski resort
  • 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.

Get in

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By plane

Airports are

  • Umeå airport
  • Skellefteå airport
  • Hemavan-Tärnaby airport
  • Lycksele airport
  • Vilhelmina airport

By train

SJ has trains from Stockholm to Umeå.

By car

  • From Stockholm or Malmö to Umeå/Skellefteå: road E4.
  • From Stockholm or Malmö to Vilhelmina/Storuman/Tärnaby: road E4 to Sundsvall, then road 331.

Get around

By bus


The county will be of interest primarily to nature lovers, and hikers will find there the only remaining area of true wilderness in Europe. But the mines of Kiruna or the ice hotel are other points of interest.



City-life is primarily found in Umeå. This sparsely populated region is great for outdoor life; especially hiking along Kungsleden, and winter sport (see winter in the Nordic countries).


Västerbottensost is a local cheese made in Burträsk near Skellefteå.


Stay safe

See cold weather. Bears roam the region.

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