Umea, or if we wanted to be really correct here we would write Umeå, is a city of about 80,000 people - half of which are students - in northern Sweden's province of Västerbotten. If you are heading to Sweden's Norrland (Northland), there is no bigger city to visit than this.
To be quite frank, the picture accompanying this article (showing the town's city hall) is about as exciting a capture as we could manage to come up with for Umea's city center. It would be much easier to find spectacular photos of the surrounding nature which, being situated just off the Bottenviken（Bothnian Bay) in the Ume River Valley and with lakes like Nydalasjön or the Grossjon and Strömbäck-Kont Nature Reserves nearby, is truly something to write home about.
But that wouldn't exactly be giving the city a fair shake. For connoisseurs of European university cities know this：dig a little deeper, and much more fun is to be had than you can see when only looking at the surface. The same goes for Umea - of course there are some standard spots to check out, such as the Västerbottens Museum with its exhibitions on Sami heritage, the contemporary arts Bildmuseet or the fun Umedalen Skulpturpark. And yes if you go shopping here you will probably come across a familiar brand or two. But that's not really what it is about.
Instead you will find a city that, no matter how far out of the way it may be geographically speaking, is always going to be quite bustling with (student) life, whether that is at a cafe in the morning, a restaurant in the afternoon or a pub or club in the evening. You will find plenty of entertainment here.
Of course as we already hinted at earlier, Umea is quite an outdoorsy type of city, and if you head outside there is hardly any activity you can think of that can't be done here. The classic ones are hiking in summer or (cross country) skiing in winter, but have you ever considered dog-sled riding, sailing, ice fishing, rafting, kayaking, renting snow mobiles? [Review by travelindicator]
- Umea is a city in Sweden's region of Vasterbottens Lan. It has a population of 79,594, is situated at an altitude of 16ft and the best airport to fly into is UME (Umea, Umea)
- The currency used in Sweden is the Swedish krona (SEK)
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More Umea travel resources
Umea is a smaller place so there is not an extreme amount of websites giving detailed information on the city in specific, but the main one that does do that is Visit Umea. A similar place is the section on Umea on Visit Sweden. As always we will mention Wikitravel and Lonely Planet, while we thought it was funny that the Umea University actually has some really useful information on the city - intended for prospective students we suppose but helpful for everyone else too!