Activities in Luleå (Sweden)
Lulea is the capital of the region known as Norrbotten County, and Sweden’s northernmost city found on the northwest corner of the Gulf of Bothnia. It is laidback city with more than its fair share of world class restaurants for its size, and a perfect jumping off point for many Arctic activities in Sweden.
Must do activities in Luleå
Whether ice-skating on the frozen sea, a heart pumping hovercraft ride, or classic Arctic activities like dog sledding or snowmobiling, there is plenty to keep you busy in winter. Summer then brings to life local islands, rivers, forests and lakes along with all the benefits of city life.
Luleå Travel Guide
In Luleå there are plenty of activities both summer and wintertime, go on a aurora hunt, snowmobile tour, drive your own dogsled or take a guided walk in the old town with wooden houses from the 1400s. No matter how adventurous you want your vacation to be, there is definitely something here for you to experience.
With around 40 000 people living in the city, Luleå is the 5th biggest city in Swedish Lapland. Which in European measurement is a quite small town but it has a lot to offer in terms off restaurant, shops, activities and sights.
Luleå has its own airport with scheduled flights with both Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian. There are several arrival/departures a day connecting the airport to Stockholm-Arlanda airport with makes it easy to access from most cities in Europe, Asia and North America. Getting around in Luleå is easy, there are several car rentals (including Avis, Hertz, Mabi etc.) and a good network of public transport.
Apart from the many Northern Lights tours offered, a visit to Luleå would not be complete without testing a dog sled. Feeling the power and eagerness of the dogs while the wind is cooling in the face is a powerful feeling.
Experiencing it in the evening makes it even more exciting, total silence besides the dogs eager barking before departure. If you are lucky, the sky is open and the northern lights dance on the sky, together with millions of flashing stars.
Luleå is located at the east coast in Swedish Lapland. The area has a subarctic climate with long winters and quite short summers, but if you want to visit in summertime, don´t be worried, Luleå has for several years been the town in Sweden with the most sunlight and temperatures up to 30 degrees celsius is not to uncommon during the summer months.
The climate in Luleå has not only attracted visitors but also companies, Luleå is actually the location where Facebook made their first investment outside of the United States. The climate is perfect for natural cooling of the big data halls that Facebook has built.
Northern light in the Luleå region is common and there are several ways to experience the natural phenomenon. What about hunting the northern lights while riding your own dog sled, hiking with snow shoes or learning more about photography of the light. There are many ways to experience the northern lights and everything can be booked here at Visit Lapland.
Luleå offer a wide range of accommodation and most of the Scandinavian hotel chains can be found here. There is also more unique accommodation. Tree Hotel located just over an hour’s drive from Luleå in the town Harads, is renowned throughout the world for its unique range of luxurious hotel rooms built among the tree tops in the woods. There are also companies offering more simple living, for example sleeping in a hammock between two trees. It doesn’t get more basic than that.
The range of restaurants is great and you can experience the traditional Swedish cuisine made from local produce at most restaurants. Several of the restaurants are also mentioned in the White Guide, which is the Nordic countries leading guide system for restaurants and cafes. For budget travellers, there are also several fast food and sushi restaurants.
Since Luleå is a university city, there are several pubs and nightclubs, meeting Swedes and other international guests of all ages and backgrounds makes the nightlife a colourful cultural experience. If sport interests you more than night life, Luleå has a professional ice hockey team. Experience the sport up close and interact with the Swedish fans.
Luleå is a neither budget or a luxury destination so accommodation, activities and restaurant comes in all price ranges. Depending on your budget you can choose from high comfort hotels to cheaper Air B&B apartments, there are places to stay and things to experience for all budgets. Getting here though, can be real cheap with two airlines competing for travellers.