A small idyllic city of 70,000 inhabitants, Lulea is the seat of Norrbotten County and is located at the mouth of the Lule River. Due to the presence of more than 10 schools which provide professional training, the city is called the educational centre of the country. The prominent industries include iron smelting, shipbuilding, engineering, and lumbering
The largest city in Swedish Lapland, Lulea provides ample opportunity for entertainment and nightlife. With various White Guide listed restaurants, explore the different cuisines provided. Well worth a visit for any food lover, try the Slow-cooked ox cheek braised in red wine, blue mussels with smoked potatoes or deep-fried small lavaret on flatbread. A small White Guide galaxy, the city booms of an exciting, new, thriving restaurant culture.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can find the Gammelstad Church Town just outside Lulea. The largest late medieval stone church in Northern Sweden, it lights up beautifully at night. Built in 1492, the original church amazingly stands on and there are now over 400 church cottages preserved in Gammelstad Church Town. Make sure you participate in the long old tradition of staying overnight here.
Extremely famous for its ice track that surrounds the city, locals and tourists use it for both recreation and long-distance skating. Spanning from one harbour to the other and then out into the Bothnian archipelago, spend some time walking, sled kicking, running, cycling, skating and sometimes even horse riding on the ice track. You’re guaranteed a fun-filled time here.
For a wonderful shopping experience, visit the city’s shopping mall in the town centre which is considered to be Europe’s first indoor shopping mall.
Autumn is considered to be the most beautiful time of year in Lulea. The sky shines brilliantly with lights just before the winter cold ascends the land. You can spot the fabled northern lights, Aurora Borealis, from September to March under right conditions. For different and magical experiences all year, from snow, cold temperatures and a frozen sea in winter – to sunshine, warmth and midnight sunlight in summer, make sure you plan your trip to Lulea carefully.