Umeå is popularly known as the City of Birches, which dates from 1888 and the enormous city fire that devastated large areas of the city. When Umeå was rebuilt, wide avenues with birches planted along them were used as fire breaks to prevent fires from spreading.
Today Umeå is the most densely populated town in northern Sweden. The 33 000 students at the university mean that Umeå stays young and vital and offers lots of city-pulse activities like shopping, eating in restaurants and pubs, or having a picnic in the city park.
The Umeå region is composed of Umeå and the five neighbouring municipalities. Together they have a unique span in which nature and nature activities, culture, history and city life can be easily combined.
All year round, the Umeå region has many guises. In the summer, beach life and boat trips draw you to the sea. Whitewater rafting trips are run along the Vindelälven, one of Sweden´s national rivers. A canoe is an excellent way to tour our islands and rivers. For the fishers, there are good salmon, salmon, trout, grayling and perch waters. The forests can be experienced from horseback or along any of our exquisite walking trails. There many golf courses in beautiful settings. Games can go on long into the light, summer nights.
Wintertime is embarking on a dog sled trek and experiencing the forest´s stillness and quiet a real adventure. A popular winter pleasure is also ice fishing on the frozen sea or a lake. The region has many kilometres of beautiful snowmobile routes to discover.