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Welcome to Norra Berget Here you will find something for everyone! Stay comfortable, enjoy a nice dinner, botanize among local crafts and locally produced food.
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Stay at a hostel! At Gaffelbyn - Sundsvall Hostel, we offer you a comfortable stay to a reasonable price. Free parking, free WiFi, guest kitchen and barbecue areas. Enjoy great views at the edge of the mountain and stroll around at the Norra Berget among buildings and animals.
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CONTENTS // 12 Hiking St. Olav’s Trail // 18 Entertainment City – now even more fun // 20 Fishing paradise for everyone // 26 Making Sweden’s most beautiful city // 35 Sensommar – a dream festival // 30–37 Guides: Stay, do, eat – in all weathers.
We make the good life pos sible! Vi gör det goda livet möjligt! Culture meets outdoors Sundsvall and you can findHär something I Sundsvall finnsthe något för allainnär det gäller kulturochalways friluftsliv. kan du läsa om to do for wholesom family. are a few things några av the de saker finnsHere att uppleva och göra.to experience. Outdoor activities in Sundsvall Friluftsliv i Sundsvall Go swimming in all weathers our adventure waterpark, Himlabadet, or in the Bad i alla väder, här finnsinäventyrsbad, utomhusbassänger och friluftsbad big range of outdoor pools, lakes andi beaches byälv the27sea. The fishing is great in med härliga sandstränder. Fiska hav, sjö, å fiskevårdsområden med the sea, lakes and There are 27 fishing areasPaddla with shelters and benches. rastplatser ochstreams. vindskydd. – Kom ihåg fiskekort! i Indalsälven dagstur – Remember your fishing license! Canoeing is availableUpplev in Indalsälven for från a day eller veckotur, övernatta i en av de 6 raststugorna. Sundsvall or a week. stay the night in one of six cabins. Experience Sundsvall from vattnetYou ochcan paddla längs Selångersån. Sidsjö friluftsområde med slalomthe water and paddle along Selångersån! Sidsjö Friluftsområde has ski slopes, backe, motionsspår, gratis fiske och grillmöjligheter. jogging tracks, free fishing and Berget barbeque facilities. Friluftscentrum Södra Berget Friluftscentrum på Södra med äventyrsstigar och motionsspår året has adventure pathsi Raststugan, all year round and seasonal jogging and ski tracks. The café runt. Servering dagligen kl. 11-16. Den äventyrlige hittar också is open 11–16. Ifoch you’re up for more challenges you’ll find climbing and hiking finadaily, klätterleder krävande vandring i Midskogsberget, Omsberget, on Midskogsberget, Nolbykullen and Brattberget. In the northern Nolbykullen ochOmsberget, Brattberget. I de norra delarna finns Lögdö vildmark där part jaktof ouroch region you’ll find Lögdö, fiskemöjligheterna är where stora. you can practice hunting and fishing.
Norra Berget – lek, historia, upplevelser Norra Berget – history and leisure
Ett friluftsmuseum som erbjuder historieupplevelser på ett spännande och The outdoor museum Norra Berget, the berättelser northern mountain roligt sätt. Tvätta, baka,on kärna smör och hör om livet of förr i tiden. Sundsvall, history and leisure in a wonderful all year round. Se våra finaprovides getter, får, kor, höns, grisar och kaniner av setting gamla lantbruksraser Experience and miljöerna. activities of the past, visit the animals and stop och hälsa påthe i dechores historiska I Norrgården kan man leka bondgård by the restaurant, café and shops. There is also a big playground, barbeque med trädjuren och stöka i köket. Här finns också en stor lekpark, grillplatser, facilities, a summer circus and beautiful pathways through the forest. sommarcirkus, utsiktstorn, fina promenadstigar och en fantastisk utsikt över Don’t miss the spectacular view of and harbour! Sundsvallsfjärden och Stenstan. Ät the ellercity fikacenter i restaurang och caféer och For opening hours and events: shoppa i unika butiker med norraberget.se lokalt hantverk och delikatesser. För öppettider och evenemang se www.norraberget.se
Svartvik’s industrial history Svartviks industriminnen Svartviks Industriminnen a point of interest for the region’s industriali parkmiljö history En havsnära plats därisdu kan uppleva industrihistoria, promenera withoch exhibitions, café and a restaurant. Here you’ll also find a playground, njuta av ablomrabatternas doft och färger. skittle alleyoch andcafé a beautiful park and garden. Open during summer. Guider på sommaren. For more information: sundsvall.se/svartviks-industriminnen För öppettider och evenemang se www.sundsvall.se/svartviks-industriminnen
Gudmundstjärn Känn historiens vingslag i ett skogshemman frånagroforestry självhushållets tid.dwelling Gudmundstjärn, a unique and well-preserved with Ett uniktbarn, och välbevarat skogsbruk medworked boningshus, ladugård, house, forge, bakery and a saw by water. Openbagarstuga, summers. smedja vattensåg. Öppet sommartid. For moreoch information: sundsvall.se/gudmundstjarn Läs mer på www.sundvall.se/gudmundstjarn
Kulturmagasinet Kulturmagasinet Sundsvalls centralt belägna kulturhus med arrangemang varje Kulturmagasinet is Sundsvall’s culture house in hundratals the city center. Visit the city år.and Här museum finns museum och stadsbibliotek samtevents. flera andra som library with exhibitions and cultural Enjoyverksamheter coffee or Magasinet och Medelpadsarkiv. Lunch och fika på Café Stair Culinar. lunchUnga at the café. Open daily. Öppet dagligen. For more information: sundsvall.se/kulturmagasinet www.sundsvall.se/kulturmagasinet
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WINGED HARE TURNS 100 Fathered by a wood grouse and born to a hare. That’s a skvader! This year, Sundsvall’s unofficial official animal turns one hundred. This fantastical animal was supposed to have been shot in Lunde Forest, Timrå, back in 1874 by log driving inspector Håkan Dahlmark. He was never able to present his ‘trophy’ as proof, but he did later receive a painting depicting the so-called skvader. A hare and a wood grouse bought at Stora Torget in Sundsvall were combined into the unique crossbreed used as the subject of the painting. Before his death, Dahlmark donated the painting to Medelpad Ancient Monument Society, which ensured that a, erm, real model of the animal was stuffed and preserved for future generations. It can still be seen today in a display case at the open air museum Norra Berget. So why not visit to congratulate the centenarian! The museum is also planning centenary celebrations for 3 June.
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CANNELLONI, MACARONI! World-famous tastes from Italy will fill Sundsvall’s Stora Torget on 4–7 July when the touring Italian Village farmers market comes to town to sell its delicacies. Benvenuto.
Best kids pool Himlabadet in Sundsvall is Sweden’s best water park! When the real experts, and that means kids, had their say in Sweden’s Children’s Holiday Awards 2018, Himlabadet won gold in the category for Best Water Park. The awards have been arranged by website barnsemester.se for several years and centre manager Hasse Bergqvist is extremely proud of their accolade, which is an improvement over the silver they won in 2017. They faced stiff competition from runner-up Arena Skövde and bronze medallist Lost City in Gustavsvik, as well as from many other fun water parks throughout Sweden. “It’s really great that we won this award. It means that many of our customers so enjoy their visit to Himlabadet that they take the time to vote for us. So we’d like to thank them!” himlabadet.se
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‘Sing-along at Tynderö’ returns this summer, following its premiere last year. The first sing-along, on July 11th, will feature accordion king Bengan Janson and Lars Ericson, one of Sweden’s best bass players. The featured performer on July 18th will be Lasse Berghagen, who’s perfectly suited to the job having been the presenter of the Swedish TV show ‘Sing-along at Skansen’ from 1994 to 2003. The sing-along shows will be held at Anna och Martin Gården in Tynderö. Advance tickets from Entré Sundsvall.
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river Selångersån in the city centre. It came about after the municipality received an e-mail in 2011 from a 13-year-old skateboarder who wanted an outdoor park. Construction began two years later and Åparken was completed in 2014. The municipality estimates that the park attracts 400–500 visitors every day, from small children to veteran skateboarders. Alex Elfving from Sundsvall is studying the arts programme with a focus on skateboarding at Bryggeriet High School in Malmö. He spends much of his time in Åparken when he’s home in Sundsvall. “It’s a good park! I like skateboarding there. The Bowl is the best, and it’s pretty big,” he says. Alex will graduate this summer. “It was a dream come true for me to attend this high school. I’ve developed a lot, both socially and in my skateboarding. My plan is to move home after graduating, work a bit, then travel to Barcelona this winter.”
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S K AT E B O A R D C L U B D R A K S TA D E N S S K has some 800 members and runs an indoor skate park at Universitetsallén. Many of its members can also be seen at Åparken during the summer.
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Leisure and culture for you The outdoors and culture meets in Sundsvall and you can find something to do for the whole family. Kulturmagasinet is Sundsvall’s culture house in the city center. Visit the city library and museum with exhibitions and cultural events. Enjoy coffee or lunch at the café. Open daily. Swimming in all weather in our adventure waterpark, Himlabadet or in a big range of outdoor pools, lakes and beaches by the sea. Fishing in the sea, lakes and streams. 27 fishing areas with shelters and benches. – Remember your fishing license!
Canoeing in Indalsälven for a day or a week. You can stay the night in one of six cabins. Experience Sundsvall from the water and paddle along Selångersån. Sidsjö friluftsområde with ski slopes, jogging tracks, free fishing and barbeque facilities. Friluftscentrum Södra Berget has adventure paths all year round and seasonal jogging and ski tracks. Café is open daily, 11-16. Norra berget, the north mountain provides history and leisure in a
wonderful setting all year round. Experience the open-air museum, animals, restaurant, café, shops and the big playground. Gudmundstjärn, a unique and well preserved agroforestry with dwelling house, barn, forge, bakery and a saw worked by water. Open during summer. Svartviks industriminnen is a historic point of interest from the industrial time. Playground, skittle alley and a beautiful park and garden. Exhibitions, café and restaurant. Open during summer.
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CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OVER 5 WEEKS A fifth anniversary deserves five weeks of celebrations. Every Tuesday evening in July, it’ll be obvious that popular Sundsvall Bjuder is celebrating its fifth anniversary. And as usual at no cost to visitors. TEXT JENNIE ZETTERQVIST
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Eurovision contestants Robin Bengtsson and Frans, Joakim Lundell, Lasse Berghagen, Molly Sandén, Jill Johnson, Danny Saucedo, Eric Saade, Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Hep Stars … The list of stars who’ve performed at Sundsvall Bjuder since it all began is long and diverse. And this summer it’s time to make it even longer!
ROCKABILLY, SING-ALONG AND HIP HOP
The free event has attracted huge crowds to the main square and is returning for its fifth year with an impressive line-up. The summer party will get off to a royal start on July 3 with rockabilly queen Eva Eastwood and her full live band. On July 10 Kalle Moraeus and friends will entertain us with a
sing-along. On July 17 you’ll have the chance to shuffle with would-be Swedish Eurovision contestants Samir & Viktor. On July 24 Linda Pira will fill Stora Torget with hip hop and the touring Rix FM Festival will provide the grand finale on July 31.
FUN FOR ALL EVERY TUESDAY
Sundsvall Bjuder is a collaboration between Sundsvall Municipality, companies and restaurants that has attracted countless music lovers of all ages from the start. “We’re so pleased that Sundsvall Bjuder is returning in 2018. It’s really helped to boost the city centre on otherwise humdrum Tuesday nights, and it’s great to see what it’s grown into,” comments Eva Bergström at municipal company Näringslivsbolaget i Sundsvall.
P S S T ! Sundsvall Block Party is also celebrating five years on 24–25 August. The block party will once again be centred on two indoor venues and one outdoor stage. Check out pipelinesundsvall.se/blockparty to find out more.
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FOLLOW SARA’S TIPS for the most flavoursome way to tour Sundsvall, from morning to night.
BREAKFAST Start the day with a hotel breakfast at Knaust. The historic atmosphere is magnificent and the breakfast buffet is impressive.
LUNCH Lunch at Brasserie Verket, with an interior inspired by Sundsvall’s industrial past. Here you can also enjoy a glass of bubbly with your meal if you like.
APPETISERS Enjoy a drink at Vinbaren at Stora Torget. It’s so cosy to sit in the window and people watch right in the heart of the city.
DINNER Step into the homely atmosphere at En liten krog to enjoy an evening meal.
DESSERT Would you, like me, rather skip dessert and enjoy a cocktail? Then I’d recommend finishing the night at Bar de Ménagerie. Dance a little to the DJ’s tunes, hang out in the cava bar or just sit down and chill.
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Journey onwards d n a inwards ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL S A IN T OL AV ’ S T R A IL T E X T J E N N I E Z E T T E R Q V I S T P H O TO S A I N T O L AV ’ S T R A I L , H Å K A N W I K E , S VA N T H E H A R S T R Ö M
A HIKE FROM COAST TO COAST through dramatic landscapes that gradually shift in character across two countries. The journey, which takes you step by step both onwards and inwards, begins in Sundsvall. Follow in the footsteps of Olav Haraldsson along the pilgrim’s trail from Selånger to Trondheim and experience almost 600 km of real life in a meeting with yourself, nature and friendly souls along the way.
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standing has been under way for as long as we’ve been able to call ourselves humans. And it still entices hundreds of millions of people to undertake pilgrimages around the world each year. But for many people there are attractions other than the historical and religious to keep their feet going, kilometre after kilometre. The hike is simply about being in the present, experiencing reality in an unhurried way; a way better suited to human sensibilities than the daily grind of non-stop sensory input that most of us otherwise endure. Maybe this is the biggest reason why hiking is increasing in popularity.
with an army of his own soldiers he made his way to Stiklestad in Norway to fight what was to become one of the most famous battles in Norwegian history. But instead of triumphantly retaking the throne, Olav was slain on 29 July. His body was buried near the battlefield. Not long after his death, rumours began circulating that the former king was actually a holy man. Seemingly inexplicable wonders were witnessed near his grave, which was eventually exhumed. When his body was found to be in as good a condition as when he died, with his hair and nails still growing, the matter was decided. Saint Olav was the first and perhaps most popular Nordic saint. When Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was built, his remains were moved there.
Hiking offers a meditative calm conducive to an inner journey parallel to the physical one. Start your journey in Sundsvall, just like Olav Haraldsson once did. You’re sure to meet many others along the way. But mostly you’ll meet yourself on Europe’s northernmost hiking trail. Originally, Olav Haraldsson had completely different plans for his journey. He was born in 995 and in his youth was a successful Viking busy plundering Sweden, Denmark and even England, where he is said to have laid waste to London Bridge. After converting to Christianity, he left England to take the throne as king of Norway, full of his new convictions and apparently with the ambition to Christianise the country. Olav was clearly good at building infrastructure and churches, but not so good at loyalty and friendship. Displeasure with the king’s tyranny grew until Olav was forced to flee to Russia.
FROM VIKING TO SAINT
During his last summer in 1030, he landed at Selånger, which at the time was on Sundsvall’s coastline. With his sights set on a return to power in Norway and the continued Christianisation of the country, together
P E O P L E O N S A I N T O L AV ’ S T R A I L “Wonderful weather, beautiful panoramas and convenient pathways. Sweden delivered everything I could have hoped for. Saint Olav’s Trail is exceptionally well signposted. Most of the time I could focus on the surroundings and myself, instead of searching for the right direction with every other step. It was a wonderful hiking experience. Three beautiful weeks and a pilgrimage that has earned its place alongside Rome and Compostela.” // Christophe Vandewalle, Belgium. “The Saint Olav’s Trail landscape is idyllic, with beautiful lakes and forests and spectacular waterfalls.” // Ria Warmerdam, Holland. “In an age where there’s so much hate in our world, my pilgrimage along Saint Olav’s Trail restored my faith in humanity. It revived the childhood feeling that strangers are simply future friends. And the amazing nature you experience along the way calmed my soul and reminded me that our world is still such a wonderful place.” // Hali Liddell, Sweden.
SAINT OLAV’S TRAIL, EUROPE’S NORTHERNMOST PILGRIMAGE The medieval pilgrimage Saint Olav’s Trail is 564 km long and runs from Selånger outside Sundsvall to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway. The trail was reopened in 2013 following extensive renovation work and stretches from coast to coast – from the Bothnian Sea to the Atlantic Ocean – through two countries and eleven municipalities. The trail is divided into five stages, each of which is divided into a number of sections. The first section is from Selånger to Matfors and covers 14 km.
HIKING BREAKS THE DAILY GRIND
Today, Saint Olav’s Trail stretches from Selånger to Nidaros Cathedral. Early pilgrims were attracted by the opportunity to drink water from the different springs along the way, which legend says appeared after Saint Olav hit the ground with his staff. You too can taste the refreshing spring water, perhaps at the most famous Saint Olav springs in Borgsjö and Pilgrimstad. Hikers who’ve swapped the daily grind for another grind, where the present and an inner dialogue are most important, have realised that true luxury has nothing to do with money. When all other worldly attributes are brushed aside your senses are heightened, as is your ability to appreciate the small things
Early pilgrims were attracted by the opportunity to drink water from the different springs along the way.
along the way. After a long day of hiking, food tastes exquisite and seldom has sleep felt so invigorating. And, best of all, everything starts over the next day. And the next. If you want.
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Eight reasons to dare to go hiking
1. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH. Walking reduces blood pressure, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and is a perfect form of exercise in an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. 2. IT SUITS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES. At a comfortable pace with plenty of breaks on a chosen stretch of Saint Olav’s Trail, hiking can be an adventure for all the family.
New pilgrim centre in Selånger Almost a thousand years ago, Viking Olav Haraldsson sailed into Selånger harbour to begin his journey to Norway with the aim of retaking the throne. In the summer, a new pilgrim centre will open at this historical site. T H E C E N T R E P R O V I D E S E U R O P E ’ S northern-
most pilgrimage with a solid base, which has been in increasing demand since the interest in hiking began to grow. A more than 100-yearold barn adjacent to the vicarage has been remodelled to welcome hikers from all over the world. The work was financed by, among others, Selånger parish, Härnösand episcopate and Sundsvall Municipality. Here hikers will be able to get answers to all sorts of questions about the pilgrims trail, such as accommodation and attractions along
the trail. Anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge about the history of the trail and Selånger, as well as pilgrimage as a lifestyle, can visit the exhibitions. The centre will also house a café and conference facilities. Part of the centre will open on 17 June this year, but the formal inauguration will take place in 2021 when the City of Sundsvall celebrates 400 years.
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Rotenleden. A 17.9 km trail through the dramatic riverbank landscape of the river Mjällån. // Helvetesbrännan. Nature reserve with signposted pathways in Ånge municipality. // Västanåleden. A 7.8 km hike from Mjällådalen to Västanåfallet. // Fäbodstigar. Discover the hill farm paths in Tuna, Frötuna, Edsta and Fuske. // Kronvägen. Twenty-kilometre hike from central Ljustorp to Indal. // Gusturleden. About 40 km in length, this hiking trail and bridle path starts in Hov, Selånger. Visit vandringsguiden.se/vandringsleder/medelpad to read more.
3. IT’S A GREEN AND INEXPENSIVE WAY TO GET ABOUT. A pair of good walking boots is all you need for a sustainable means of transport, free from environmentally harmful emissions. 5. HIKING IN NATURE REDUCES STRESS. Studies show that stress levels are reduced and that being in nature has a very positive effect on mood. 6. HIKING CAN HAVE A HEALING EFFECT ON BODY AND MIND. The therapeutic effect and its ability to counter depression are documented. When harmful stress is reduced, the body’s ability to fight physical illness is also improved. 7. IT INCREASES YOUR CREATIVITY AND SHARPENS YOUR MIND. One study has shown that just four days spent in nature was enough to increase creativity and concentration by no less than 50 percent. 8. IT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Hiking helps you to appreciate the small things in life and gratitude is an important route to happiness.
In the steps of St Olav THE SAINT OLAV´S TRAIL
You can walk in the footsteps of St Olav all the way from Selånger to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim. The St Olavsleden trail starts at the ruined church in Selånger. As far as possible, it follows the paths along which pilgrims walked and rode in days gone by, up the valley of the River Ljungan into Jämtland and then along Indalsälven and through the mountains on the border between Norway and Sweden. In Norway, the trail leads through farmland near Trondheim Fiord. It is a fairly easy walk because the St Olavsleden trail follows paths and old tracks and is not particularly hilly. We are continuing our five-Sunday tradition; a pilgrimage in five stages over five Sundays, starting in Selånger on 1st July. The pilgrimage will take us all the way from Selånger to Borgsjö. We will be posting more information about this pilgrimage on our website: www.svenskakyrkan.se/selanger On the 17th July, part of our Pilgrim Centre in Selånger will open, the official ceremony taking place after the pilgrim service in Selånger Church at 11 am. We are delighted to be able to mark clearly the starting point of the pilgrim trail and, at the same time, create an interesting place to visit. For more information, please contact our lay-worker, Helene Westerlind, on 060 55 28 15. www.svenskakyrkan.se/selanger www.stolavsleden.com
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Ånge naturum & visitor center: Activities and guided tours • Boat rental Exhibitions • Gift shop Excursion and hiking tips Open daily during summer 10:00-17:00.
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New housing is being built, the restaurant scene is flourishing, conference visitors are ever increasing and the hotels are expanding. Central Sundsvall is experiencing a social upturn that’s boosting the entire city, and attracting more investors. “We want to make Sundsvall even more fun,” says Magnus Torstensson, owner of O’Learys, which is launching a new entertainment concept.
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Jocke Sandström, DJ at nightclub Oscar. STENSTAN IS THE COMMUNAL LIVING ROOM of Sundsvall’s
residents – and there’s good reason why so many restaurants boast sturdy outdoor seating. Sundsvall’s residents happen to like making the most of the sun.
FUN FOR EVERYONE
One of the most popular outdoor seating areas is the one at O’Learys, which enjoys the very last sunrays of the day. This year the restaurant has even invested in expanding indoors to offer a completely new entertainment concept, including a climbing wall, golf simulator, shuffleboard, pool table, and arcade and basketball games. “We truly believe in our stunning inner city, which is growing, thriving and becoming more dynamic every day. All the new housing being built in the harbour is a very positive development and we hope to see continued densification with even more apartments. The idea behind our new entertainment concept is that you shouldn’t need to leave town to find fun things for everyone to do,” says restaurant owner Magnus Torstensson. “It’s been tested in other locations, primarily O’Learys at Tele2 Arena and at Mall of Scandinavia by Friends Arena, where it’s been a success.”
THE MORE THE MERRIER
In Sundsvall, O’Learys is located at Olof Palmes torg, which has become a real restaurant mecca in recent years. “It’s great that so many different niches have been established here. Originally we were alone, but it’s turned into a cosy and homely square with many restaurants to choose from. There’s great interest in sport in Sundsvall, which means it can even get a little cramped in our spacious restaurant when particularly popular matches are screened here. GIF Sundsvall plays in the Swedish Premier League, and now that Timrå IK has entered the Swedish Hockey League we’re even busier, so the extension was well timed in many respects.”
The city’s rejuvenated restaurant scene has clearly struck a chord with all ages. At Zmak Deli & Restaurang, sounds of laughter will often draw your attention to parties with silver-streaked hair enjoying an extended lunch, commonly sharing good wine as well. Pinchos is popular with younger patrons for tasty appetisers in a cosy atmosphere. The fact is that the growing interest in dining out seems to have surpassed the interest in nightclubbing among the city’s younger residents. Jocke Sandström is a DJ at nightclub Oscar and has many years’ experience of the trends in Sundsvall’s nightlife. He says that the number of dancefloors has dropped, but that there are more bars employing DJs and troubadours. And if you’re in the mood for dancing into the early hours, there are two exceptional places to choose between: Oscar for the younger generation and E Street for the more mature. “Sure, there are fewer people going out to dance than, say, ten years ago, but there’s a good buzz at Oscar. Generally speaking, historically, when the economy’s been doing well, like now, we see a drop in interest in nightclubbing. Instead, people treat themselves to more expensive entertainment, such as fine dining, overseas travel and skiing holidays. But when money’s a little tighter in an economic downturn, the hometown dancefloors fill up again. Because going out dancing doesn’t need to cost much,” says Jocke.
FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT
Peter Eliasson, partner at E Street, considers the combination of the music restaurant’s many regular diners and continually busy dancefloors a clear sign that sociable Sundsvall residents appreciate good food and partying. He believes, quite simply, that the curiosity about new forms of entertainment among both residents and visitors is sufficiently large for the positive entertainment spiral to continue. “At E Street, we continually develop our business and aim for some kind of happening every night of the week. When we have our nightclub with live music on Fridays and Saturdays, there’s no doubt that Sundsvall’s residents love going out and socialising and really know how to enjoy themselves,” he says.
Peter Eliasson, partner at E Street.
SALMON, TROUT, GRAYLING AND PIKE
Land a catch in Medelpad The fishing in Medelpad is extremely diverse. Regardless of whether you’re an experienced pro or a novice who wants to have a go, alone or with your family, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Choose between everything from fly fishing to sitting with a fishing line in one of the many lakes in our landscape. And why not try your luck catching a record salmon! T E X T S T E FA N E V E N S S O N
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dering, densely stocked coast is a top choice for pike and perch, but there’s also a chance you’ll catch more prized game fish such as grayling, whitefish and, most of all, sea trout. Medelpad’s mighty waterways, the rivers Indalsälven and Ljungan, add to the well-stocked sea, with salmon, sea trout, whitefish and grayling migrating upstream to spawn and spread their genes. Sport fishing along the coast in Medelpad is free and doesn’t require a fishing permit. You can fish here all year round and catch different species, from both land and boat. Be aware, however, that there are closed zones where fishing is not permitted at the Ljungan’s coastal estuary and in Selångersån. The minimum sizes for sea fishing are: • salmon: 60 centimetres • trout: 40 centimetres • grayling: 30 centimetres • pike: 40–75 centimetres, maximum of three a day
SEA TROUT SPRING: Fishing for sea trout is good at certain times. During the spring, once the ice has begun to break, the hunt for sea trout begins and runs until the temperature in the water reaches 8–10 degrees and the bait fish leave the coastal waters. The season starts around 10 April and runs through May, stretching to the middle of June some years.
Autumn fishing starts again once the water temperature drops towards the autumn, around September, and continues until the water begins to ice over. In principle, it’s possible to fish the entire winter if the water remains free from ice. Remember to use common sense when the weather gets colder. Flat rocks and stones turn extremely slippery, so try to fish with a friend.
Don’t forget to bring a tasty snack and something warm to sit on. Binoculars can be fun to have to see whether there are any white-tailed eagles soaring in the sky or whether it’s a seal or a rock you can see out in the big blue. And a camera is a must.
It comforts the soul to wander our vast coastline. You’ll often see white-tailed eagle, osprey, waterfowl and seal. The fishing can be a little tricky and difficult, but don’t give up. We usually say that the fish are simply a bonus on top of the overall nature experience. INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF A CATCH! Methods that work are spin fishing and fly fishing. Fishing lures should resemble sand eel, herring, lamprey, stickleback and cottid. Generally speaking, long, thin lures are preferable. Reel the lure in unevenly, as this tempts sea trout to bite. Also use flies that resemble gammarus, stickleback, sand eel or cottid. Move in stealthily and begin casting when standing a short distance from the water’s edge. Fish near the water’s edge in a fanning motion. Use polarising sunglasses that enable you to see beneath the surface and any sea trout following your lure. Sea trout are shy and you can’t jump out to the furthest rock in bright clothing, as this will scare the trout and they’ll flee immediately.
PERCH AND PIKE Fishing methods that work for perch and pike are spin fishing, coarse fishing, ice fishing and fly fishing. When spin fishing, the lure should resemble tiny fish. Spinners and small lures, as well as small wobblers and rubber jigs, work. The latter can prove extremely successful. Use a float with worms, tiny fish (roach, common bleak) or maggots when coarse fishing. When ice fishing, use vertical jigging lures, preferably with a leader and mormyshka underneath baited with maggot, worm or larvae. When the fishing is slow, a mormyshka alone is often the only thing that will land you a catch. Use poppers or colourful wet flies and reel them in jerkily when fly fishing for perch. When fly fishing for pike, large and colourful creations with bright, squiggly tails in green/silver, blue/ silver work. Reel them in unevenly, sometimes speedily, sometimes jerkily. If you have a boat you’d like to launch, you’ll find ramps and further information at fiskeisundsvall.se. And finally: If there are tiny fish, then there are always smaller fish.
Standing looking out over the open sea, with a small rod in your hand, can feel hopeless, but there’s a good chance a sea trout will fall for your lure and swallow it violently when landed. A good tip is to before you start fishing always check where you can land your catch safely, should something bite.
POPULAR FISHING SPOTS I N S U N D S VA L L SEA TROUT ALNÖ: Slädaviken, Bänkåsviken, Spikarna, Skorven and Vindhem. ÅSTÖN/TYNDERÖ: Oxviken, Skeppshamn and around the lighthouse on Åstön. SOUTH OF SUNDSVALL: Bergafjärden and Lörudden. P E R C H A N D P I K E can be caught all year round and popular hotspots are found in Tynderösundet, Björköfjärden and Alnösundet. Marinas are usually good, as are reeds and shallows, for fishing pike.
The lakes and waterways in Medelpad are thriving and some have been revived and restored so that the fish can spawn and reproduce naturally. One nice example is the river Ljustorpsån, which runs into the river Indalsälven at Stavreviken. INDALSÄLVEN – BEST IN SWEDEN FOR BIG SALMON AND SEA TROUT
F ISHING F OR E V E RYON E I N RIVERS, ST R E A MS AN D LAKE S T H E L A K E S A R E N U M E R O U S and offer some truly good
fishing. Some of the lakes are so-called put-and-take waters, whereby a fishery plants rainbow trout, trout and Arctic char. A fishing permit is always required for such waters and as a fisher you are responsible for finding out about the rules which apply to the waters you plan to fish. Sidsjön, however, is an exception. Here fishing is free for everyone all year round. (Except in the winter when the STnappet competition is held. Sundsvall’s Sport Fishing Club closes the water one week before.)
The river Indalsälven stretches 430 km and offers good fishing along its entire length. Here we present fishing downstream from the Bergeforsen hydropower plant. This stretch covers about eight kilometres from the hydropower plant to the sea and the water level is regulated via the Bergeforsen power plant. Open for fishing all year round, split into three zones and permitted from both land and boat. Fishing permit required. Indalsälven is renowned for being one of Sweden’s absolute best rivers for large salmon and sea trout. Salmon weighing about 20 kilos are landed here every year. The sea trout fishing is good and the whitefish are increasing in number again. A few years ago, Indalsälven was the most densely stocked river in Sweden. The migratory sea fish can only swim as far as Bergeforsen power station, which was completed in 1965. G U I D E D F I S H I N G TO U R S : facebook.com/indalsalvenguides The fishing is administered by Bergeforsfisket: bergeforsfisket.com
LJUNGAN – FLY FISHING PARADISE FOR SALMON, SEA TROUT, GRAYLING AND WHITEFISH The river Ljungan offers variation, with both rapids and calmer waters, offering – in addition to good fishing – an impressive nature experience just over 15 minutes from Sundsvall city centre. The river stretches 350 km and offers good fishing along its entire length. Here we present fishing downstream from the Viforsen hydropower plant, which is the most downstream power station in the system. This stretch covers 18 kilometres from the hydropower plant to the sea and the water level is regulated via the Viforsen power plant. It’s open for fishing all year round except in conjunction with a few closed seasons when the grayling and sea trout/salmon are spawning. Fishing permit required. Ljungan is known to be a fly fishing paradise for salmon, sea trout, grayling and whitefish. Salmon up to 20 kilos, and sea trout up to 10 kilos, are landed here every year. Gladly enough, the grayling are increasing in number after a few years of poor reproduction. MORE INFORMATION: flugfiskenedreljungan.se/om-fisket/fiskekort
HAVERÖ STRÖMMAR – GREAT FOR FLY FISHING Haverö strömmar is a nature reserve and part of the Ljungan’s river system. Here one of Ånge’s most popular cafés is open on the weekend. The waters are open for fishing spring, summer and autumn and a permit is required. This place is well known for good grayling fishing with a fly rod and really beautiful trout are landed here every year. Fly fishing in late spring in Haverö-Kölsillre-Vassnäsströmmar. From 1 September trout fishing in flowing water is forbidden due to the spawning season. M O R E I N FO R M AT I O N : fiskekort.se/havero/
Haverö strömmar is well known for good grayling fishing with a fly rod and some really beautiful trout are landed here every year.
SIDSJÖN – CENTRAL GEM FOR FISHERS AND SUN WORSHIPERS Sidsjön is a gem just a stone’s throw from Sundsvall city centre. It’s open for fishing all year round and you can fly fish, spin fish and coarse fish/ice fish. This popular recreational area boasts a slalom slope and nicely prepared ski tracks in the winter and running tracks and other training opportunities in the summer. Here fishing is completely free and Sundsvall Municipality plants rainbow trout and Arctic char all year round. Adjacent to the cottage (by the ski lift) is a jetty with very good accessibility. Around the lake are a number of jetties shared by fishers and sun worshippers. S U N D S VA L L F I S H I N G C L U B administers the fishing: svenskalag.se/sundsvallssfk
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King Chulalongkorn’s visit to Sundsvall and Hotell Knaust in July 1897.
The story of Sundsvall can be seen right in front of us. On the buildings of Stenstan. So look up and soak in a unique city centre, with buildings not seen this far north anywhere else in the world. S U N D S V A L L ’ S S T O N E C I T Y rose from the ashes after the fire of 1888. “Like a monument to a golden age without compare in Sweden’s history,” says author and journalist Nils Johan Tjärnlund. His book Staden som reste sig ur askan, which translates as The City that Rose from the Ashes, is an architectural guide illustrating the birth of Sundsvall’s stone city. Who commissioned the buildings and who were the architects? And what were their original purposes? The golden age that Nils Johan describes was founded on the highest concentration of sawmills in the world. The forestry industry generated unparalleled growth in Sundsvall, which even played a role in laying the foundations for the welfare of both the city and the entire nation. “Sweden’s economic history owes much to the development of Sundsvall and its forestry industry, trade and shipping,” says Nils Johan. With few exceptions, all the buildings in Stenstan were built with private funds, some in fact as family homes. As such, the region was pretty independent and distinguished by its innovation and entrepreneurialism. “Sundsvall is also a sibling of sorts to Östermalm in Stockholm, with its grandiose stone houses built by the same architects and master builders. It reflects a thousand-year-old European urban building tradition,” says Nils Johan. In his book, he writes that Sundsvall was a waypoint for people from northern Sweden considering whether to try their luck in America. And perhaps some of them decided to stay put, such was the pull of the pioneering
Sundsvall had tramways between 1910 and 1952. spirit in the city that came to be known as the Gateway to northern Sweden. Sundsvall was a hub for trade goods from all over the world for further distribution to the north. Stenstan was a melting pot and a bit of an oddity, a European-style city that rose among farmland and dirt roads. And in this respect Sundsvall remains unique, as Swedish art historian Anders Åman expressed it in 1988: “In the eyes of the old European urban building tradition, Stenstan is the last city in Europe. If you arrive from the south. Or the first. If you arrive from the north.” So join us on a tour of the first and last city. Through Sundsvall’s unique city centre, with buildings not seen this far north anywhere else in the world. Through a city that following disaster in 1888 experienced a successful new beginning and whose rich history is open for all to see. Because the story of Sundsvall can be seen right in front of us. On the buildings of Stenstan.
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T H E C I T Y T H AT R O S E F R O M T H E A S H E S The complete city tour is best done with Nils Johan Tjärnlund’s book in hand. It’s available at Akademibokhandeln Vängåvan, in Kihlmanska huset at Storgatan 22, in the heart of Stenstan, or at Kulturmagasinet.
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Here’s a selection of the buildings in Stenstan, starting at the eastern end of Storgatan and moving west.
HOTELL KNAUST Storgatan 13. Built 1891. Legendary hotel renowned both in Sweden and abroad. Knaust became a symbol for the Sundsvall of the timber barons, with magnificent dinners, parties surrounded by myth and share holder meetings. The classic stairway in the foyer and the richly decorated mirrored ballroom are breathtaking sights even for the most well-travelled visitors. The most prominent guests to have stayed at the hotel include King Chulalongkorn of Thailand, Swedish singer/actress Zarah Leander and jazz musician Louis Armstrong. 3
The most prominent guests to have stayed at the hotel include King Chulalongkorn of Thailand, Swedish singer/actress Zarah Leander and jazz musician Louis Armstrong. FÖRSÄKRINGSBOLAGET SVEAS HUS Storgatan 18. Built 1893. One of many examples that both the capital-intensive insurance industry and many banks were attracted to Sundsvall and its thriving economy. For a time, Swedish author and women’s rights activist Frida Stéenhoff lived here. 4
SUNDSVALLS ENSKILDA BANK Kyrkogatan 15. Built 1883–1886. Sundsvalls Enskilda Bank was founded in 1864 at another address. A little more than twenty years later, the building was completed and encompassed an entire block adjacent to Vängåvan Park, only to be devastated in the great fire a couple of years later. The building was badly damaged, but was restored. At the time, it was the largest bank office outside Stockholm and Sundsvalls Enskilda Bank was the leading commercial bank in Norrland. 5
GRANSKA HUSET Storgatan 26. Built 1889–1891. One of Stenstan’s first examples of the new architectural ideal of the late 1800s with n atural materials and irregular façades. The building was commissioned by wealthy pharmacist Peter Gran and the text Apoteket Gripen is still visible at the corner of Storgatan and Centralgatan. Keep an eye out for the many façade paintings and Latin texts, well as Gran’s monogram. NORRas A 7
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HOLMSTRÖMSKA HUSET Storgatan 28. Built 1896. This was the city’s indoor food market, and later SÖDRA JÄRNVÄ GSGATA Forum, and today h department store ouses the N In shopping mall, which covers several blocks on Storgatan. The building is so well harmonised with the adjacent Granska huset that it’s easy to mistake them for a single construction. The courtyard between the buildings has been covered and today houses a restaurant. 8
HIRSCHSKA HUSET Torggatan 6–8. Built 1890–1891. Hirschska huset covers the entire length of the western side of Stora Torget and retains much of its original elegance following extensive restoration work about ten years ago. Isaak Hirsch, whose initials can be found on the façade, commissioned the building but never lived here himself, an example of the wealthy choosing to invest in Sundsvall despite few personal ties to the city. The façade clock facing Storgatan is a copy of the original that belonged to the oldest tenant (Björnström Clockmakers). 9
HEDBERGSKA HUSET Kyrkogatan 26. Built 1889–1890. One of the most well preserved buildings from the 1800s in Sundsvall, with a beautiful location adjacent to Hedbergska Park. The building was commissioned by Johan August Hedberg as a home for him and his wife Maria Hedberg. The façade decor includes stylised faces and bunches of fruit and the iron gates to the driveway bear Hedberg’s initials. Today, parts of the state apartments are used by the municipality for business entertainment and wedding ceremonies. 10
KULTURMAGASINET Packhusgatan 4. Built 1890, 1891 and 1895. Remodelled in the 1980s. Eight old colonial warehouses combined into a culture centre with space for exhibitions, a library and a restaurant. This is where Sundsvall’s wholesalers received trade goods from the entire world for further distribution in northern Sweden. 2
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HUSET Esplanaden 14. Built 1892. One of the most original buildings in Stenstan, with a façade richly decorated in a south European style. This three-storey building was built as a home for Gregor Wikström and his family. The Wikströms were one of Sundsvall’s wealthiest families and SÖDRA the Mons sawmill south of the city. owned TJÄRNG AT 6
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DAHLMANSKA-NORDLINGSKA HUSET Storgatan 12–14. Built 1891–1892. Between the first and second floors, across the entire façade beginning on Nybrogatan, is a painting that can be compared to a cartoon strip. It describes the building industry, from architectural drawing to construction. A good start to a tour through a city whose construction boom around 1900 is unparalleled in Swedish history. 1
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TOWN HALL 150 YEARS
One of the first large stone buildings in Sundsvall is 150 years old this year. Today, The Town Hall houses the Stenstan Visitor Center, a combination of tourist office, gallery and knowledge centre. Swing by to find out more about the city’s history!
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RIKSBANKEN Storgatan 29. Built 1906–1907. One of few buildings financed with public funds. Inspired by the Baroque style with a steep, black tiled roof and copper-clad corner towers. Above the word Riksbank is a large relief featuring Sweden’s national coat of arms. The Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, generally only had branches in county seats – the office in Sundsvall was one of only two BERGSG ATThe AN building was later home to Sundsvall Museum and exceptions. now houses offices. 12
FÖRSÄKRINGSBOLAGET SKANDIAS HUS Storgatan 31. Built 1957. A later example of all that Stenstan represents: a time when buildings were commissioned to make an impression rather than returns. This is clearly seen in the artistic decoration, such as the wooden window frames and the ornamental ironwork seen in the entrance from Varvsgränd. The subjects are inspired by the forest, industry, the sea and the home. 13
LÄROVERKET Skolhusallén 6. Built 1882–1886. Not until the mid-1800s were grammar schools established in cities other than the old cathedral towns. In Sundsvall, a grandiose, three-storey building in an Italian renaissance style was erected. A vaulted archway marks the main entrance facing Köpmangatan, where modern-day high school graduates run out onto the steps every spring. The building survived the great fire and was long used as a temporary seat for the city’s governing body. 14
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BERNSKA HUSET Storgatan 34. Built 1893–1894. A candidate for Stenstan’s most expensive building, built entirely from natural stone with ambitious façade paintings and a very lavish stairway. The building was commissioned by Johan Bern and above the entrance you can see J Bern in gold lettering. Nowadays the building houses stores, offices and a café. 11
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Time travel in Stenstan
24–25 AUGUST 14–15 SEPTEMBER The sport event of the year, claim trotting fans. The Sundsvall Open Trot is one of Europe’s biggest trotting events and Norrland’s biggest sport event, according to organiser Bergsåker. The best horses and drivers travel to Bergsåker trotting track for two fun-filled days that also attract thousands of visitors on the last Friday and Saturday of August each year.
It’s never more appropriate to wear something old than during Stenstan Days. This is when Sundsvall’s history comes to life with a market, music, lectures and live shows. Many people take the opportunity to dress in period clothing from the turn of the twentieth century to better reflect how things were in the city one hundred years ago.
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Lögdö Ironworks closed down more than a century ago. But the site’s fascinating history has been preserved as Sweden’s first municipal culture reserve and a couple of times a year it’s once again filled with life. Scheduled for 30 June is Lögdö Day, with a classic market and activities for both young and old.
There are secrets buried at Stora Torget 366 objects are hidden under the blue paving stones formed into a cross at Stora Torget in Sundsvall. During a daily urban ritual from 1 January 1999 to 1 January 2000, Sundsvall residents were invited to bury select gifts to be kept for the future. The idea was part of Millennium Project 1999.
Maximum Midsummer 22 JUNE
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ANDERSSON WIJ SETS THE MOOD
The most beautiful of all the warm, shimmering summer nights in Norrland has to be Midsummer’s Eve with its special charm. In Sundsvall there are several celebrations in magnificent surroundings, although most people gather for a traditional Midsummer’s Eve at Norra Berget. Free buses depart from Navet for all who want to join in and dance around the Maypole, which the participants decorate and raise themselves.
30 JUNE The biggest picnic concert of the year at Galtström Ironworks with Tomas Andersson Wij will set the mood for the summer. This experienced performer’s career has skyrocketed since he appeared in Swedish TV4’s music show ‘Så mycket bättre’ where, among other things, he brought viewers to tears when covering the songs of his fellow stars. On 30 June, together with Melissa Horn and each of their bands, he’ll join the three-hour Summer Music in Galtström event in a double bill for everyone who’s set up their picnic basket and camping chair in front of the manor house. e n t r e s u n d s va l l . s e
Stenstan was built in record time
The dragon is covered in gold
600 stone buildings were completed in just six years following the great fire of Sundsvall in 1888. Today, Stenstan is the world’s northernmost city centre in the same continental architectural tradition as cities such as Vienna and Berlin.
The dragon on the roof of Hirschska huset is covered in gold leaf equivalent in weight to an old Swedish five crown coin. This dragon also inspired the design of Sundsvall Municipality’s logo.
ACTIVITIES Classic time! 27 MAY, 18 AUGUST AND 15 SEPTEMBER Prepare for a classic race in Medelpad’s naturally challenging landscape. By completing four classic races in the space of a year you can earn your Sundsvall Classic medal, and you get to choose the level of difficulty. Cycle, swim and run in the Alnötrampen Cycle Race, the Sundsvall Classic Swim and the Sundsvall Classic Cross Country during the summer months. Come winter, you can test your prowess in the Södra Berget Ski Race.
INDALSLEDEN RACE THROUGH THREE MUNICIPALITIES 16 JUNE
In Norafors, some 25 kilometres from Sundsvall, is an actual gold panning camp. Rent or buy equipment on site and learn from experienced gold panners. Even if sudden wealth doesn’t strike, you can still treat yourself to something nice. Why not rent your very own mountain lake full of game fish? The season runs from May to October and you need to book.
The relay race along Indalsleden, which passes through Ragunda, Sundsvall and Timrå, starts in Bispgården and takes runners out from the land of Wild Huss and the Dead Falls. The race then continues past the Thai Pavilion built in memory of King Chulalongkorn’s visit more than one hundred years ago. With the beautiful vistas seen from Indalsleden as a backdrop, the race continues towards Järkvissle and artist Rolf Lidberg’s Troll Village. Near Indal we find tourist attraction Gudmundstjärn, a farming settlement, and all this is finished off nicely as your pass the line at Bergeforsen sports ground. Itching to get running? Then put together a relay team and register for the Indalsleden Race.
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Birsta City is celebrating ten years all year long As one of Sweden’s most popular shopping centres, Birsta City attracts some four million visitors every year. The current offering of 95 stores under the same roof first opened in 2008 and a big anniversary party was held in March. However, the celebrations will continue throughout 2018, so keep an eye out for more festivities.
Travel beautiful roads Skeppshamnsleden, Ljungandalsvägen or Kustvägen? If you really want to make the journey the destination, Medelpad offers some enthralling routes. Sandy beaches, fishing, viewpoints, manor houses, restaurants, cafés, stores and flea markets. As well as wonderful nature, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s taste.
LONGEST FLEA MARKET GETS EVEN LONGER 14–15 JULY
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Take a rooftop stroll
Sweden’s longest flea market is back for the sixth year running. Over the space of two days, flea market stalls are set up along Ljungan dalsvägen. Not only can anyone set up a stall anywhere along the road, there are also a number of set gathering places. This year Sweden’s longest flea market will actually be even longer. Plans to extend Ljungandalsvägen through all of Ånge Municipality and into Berg Municipality are in the making and to test the waters sellers are encouraged to set up stalls along the extended route.
Welcome to Europe’s first rooftop tour! Here you can get a guided tour, in the middle of central Sundsvall, on one of the city’s tallest buildings. The tour takes you round an entire block, some 25–27 metres above ground, while the guide recounts the city’s history.
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Green Highway runs from Sundsvall to Trondheim The 450 km Green Highway between Sundsvall and Trondheim is Europe’s longest roadway for electric cars. This green transport corridor offers a continuous network of charging stations for green motorists and entails a collaboration that unites three regions and two countries.
Experience the adventure at the worlds first Boda Borg in Torpshammar
LAUGH FIGHT STAMP www.bodaborg.se/torpshammar tel. 0691-122 00
Pride Parade all set 1–7 JULY
MARKET WITH TRADE FAIRS
Sundsvall Pride continues to spread happiness and pride. The organisers promise a new festival week that will be both fun and serious, happy and sad. Pride Park will be located in Hamnträdgården and the programme will include lectures, performances, discussions and much more. The highpoint will be on Saturday: the Parade. Everyone is welcome to join. The only requirement is that you share values based on our universal human rights. s u n d s va l l p r i d e . s e
17–19 AUGUST Popular Selånger Market in Bergsåker outside Sundsvall has been held during week 33 every year since 1983. Some 100,000 visitors and 300 sellers turn up every year and the market has often been named Sweden’s best by Swedish market seller organisation Tomer. New this year is a trade fair area for motoring, hunting, fishing, forestry and leisure. And as usual, there will be food, entertainment and plenty of children’s a ctivities. selangermarknad.se
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2,500 stuffed animals live in Ånge Stuffed birds and other animals from all over the world are gathered at Ånge Zoological Museum. More than 2,500 stuffed animals, including all European species of owl, are on display all year round by appointment. You can find more information at angezoologiskamuseum.nu.
Bringing Thailand to Norrland 4–7 JULY
k o o B ! t s s s P a hotel … SENSOMMAR DREAM COMES TRUE
The scent of Asian spices and the sounds of Thai performers will create the right atmosphere at the Thai Festival on 4–7 July in Sundsvall. As many as 25,000 visitors have attended the festival in the past and the organisers are investing heavily in the music to attract really big Thai stars to the stage. Food stalls, a market, Thai boxing, a football tournament and a play area for children will fill Ungdomsfältet in Hamnen with life.
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A dream come true. Alesso will be playing this year’s Sensommar festival at Idrottsparken. Swede Alessandro Lindblad is one of the biggest international performers in house music and, according to the organisers, one of the stars most requested by festival-goers. “He’ll get the entire Sensommar Festival to explode in a euphoria of dance,” predicts Oscar Westerlind, CEO of Höga Kusten Nöje. Icona Pop, Alan Walker, Hov1, Kapten Röd, Tjuvjakt and Tove Styrke are other popular artists already in the line-up. The Sensommar Festival started in 2015 and since then has trebled its visitor numbers and attracted a number of international stars to Sundsvall. Their sights are set on becoming Sweden’s biggest festival. sensommar.se
It’s pretty easy to bathe in Medelpad
The entire casino was lifted 1.5 metres
36 seaside and lakeside spots to bathe with beautiful sandy beaches can be found in Sundsvall Municipality alone. Find your perfect bathing spot in Medelpad at sundsvall.se, timra.se and visitljungandalen.se.
In 2001, Casino Cosmopol in Sundsvall was inaugurated as the first of Sweden’s now four state-run casinos. When the casino was built in the old station house, the entire building was raised 1.5 metres so that a basement level measuring over 1000 m² could be excavated under the premises.
RESTAURANTS Casino Cosmopol’s acclaimed restaurant Casiopeoja has closed for good. Instead, the casino is betting on a new concept aimed to please a wider range of guests. Both the environment and the menu have been revamped and the casino now welcomes diners to its new Jackpot Bar & Grill instead. The aim is a more accessible offering, with the same high quality as before. c a s i n o c o s m o p o l . s e / s u n d s va l l
QUENCH YOUR THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE Mid Sweden Beer and Whisky Festival returns to Stadshuset on 25– 26 May. Here you’ll have the opportunity to quench your thirst for knowledge at lectures and tastings with expert guides. The broadened offering will let you tickle your taste buds with wine, liqueurs and delicacies. m i d s w e d e n f e s t i va l . s e
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Betting on Jackpot
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT WITH STAR QUALITY Entertainment every day of the week is to music restaurant E Street’s liking and live music is its lifeblood. The music theme is evident in both the menu and the decor and this is a place you visit to eat tasty, wellmade food, dance your socks off, quench your thirst and then try your own vocal talents on karaoke nights. With their new Big Voice Weekend events, E Street has enlisted the help of Swedish stars such as Robin Bengtsson and Linda Bengtzing to add a little more glitz to their popular entertainment nights. estreet.nu
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Sweden’s longest wooden bridge is in Fränsta Vikbron in Fränsta, Ånge Municipality, is Sweden’s longest wooden bridge of this type. It stretches 133 metres across the river Ljungan and is open to pedestrians. Vikbron was built by Finsta-Viken Byamän in 1888 to protest the toll demanded when crossing the existing bridge over Byforsen, half a kilometre away. Today, the bridge is a popular destination and many people admire the beauty of both the design and the surrounding landscape.
Public favourite Vindhem came out tops when the public chose their favourite restaurant at Sundsvall Restaurant Gala 2018. This summer restaurant on south Alnö won most hearts with its selection of classic dishes seasoned with small surprises and served in an unrivalled archipelago environment. The season starts at the end of May at Vindhem while sibling restaurant Carlsvikspiren is open from Easter.
Coastal food There are plenty of coastal restaurants in Sundsvall and Timrå to stimulate all the senses. Here are a few suggestions of places where you can enjoy both tasty dishes and sea views at the same time this summer:
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RESTAURANG LÖRUDDEN In the middle of thriving fishing village Löran, Restaurang Lörudden offers dishes made using ingredients often taken directly from the trawler to the plate. An authentic environment, to say the least. sillmans.se
SALTERIET JUNIBODSAND Served in a well-preserved historical environment, here you can enjoy simpler dishes such as sandwiches and tapas, most with tastes of the sea of course. And there’s a sandy beach right outside. sillmans.se
SKATANS CAFÉ & KROG Skatan has been a popular destination since the beginning of the 1900s and Skatans café can be found in a carefully remodelled boathouse. In addition to the café, there’s a smokery and a delicatessen. s k ata n s c a f e . s e
Tynderö Sound fans out in front of Holmö Brygga, which offers a classic à la carte with obvious inspiration from the Swedish smörgåsbord. Don’t miss Virriga Bakverk adjacent to Carlsvikspiren if you have a sweet tooth. The café opens for the season on 27 May.
Huge Y shows Timrå’s faith in the future The giant Y adjacent to the E4 near Sundsvall Timrå Airport is 30.5 metres high and was inaugurated in 1995. The artist behind the work is Bengt Lindström and the Y represents the county registration letter for Västernorrland. Or a giant stretching its arms towards the heavens in a victory sign. Or a monumental tree as a symbol for faith in the future. The question visitors most commonly ask the owner, Timrå Municipality, is: Can you go up inside the Y? The answer is no. The artwork is to be admired from the outside.
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SUMMER IN SUNDSVALL Why not take a weekend getaway? Enjoy our summer deal where kids (ages 12 and under) get anything from the kids menu for free * Have a nice dinner in our lobbybar q.bar, where we also have outdoor seating. Catch a family movie at our cinema Filmstaden, or the kids can enjoy a movie while you and your partner continue your evening in q.bar until the movie ends. It’s as simple as that. It’s your choice!
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A MAGICAL MOMENT Get lost in the world of movies at our cinema! Whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring - you can be a superhero! Free your imagination at Filmstaden Sundsvall! Open everyday this summer! Why not throw a birthday party at the cinema? We offer a kids-themedconcept for birthdays! Feel free to contact us! Make your reservation at https://biokalas.sf.se/
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Welcome to one of the most popular shopping destinations in Norrland! In one of the most popular shopping centres in Norrland, Birsta City, with more than 90 stores on two floors you are able to find shopping distributed into world famous store chains, locally niched favorites, restaurants and cafes. Open seven days a week and with more than 2 500 free parking lots Birsta City is the natural choice this summer. Welcome!
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A magazine with wide range, stylish design and modern feel. A natural scene for meetings and experiences in one of Sweden's most interesting...
Published on May 24, 2018
A magazine with wide range, stylish design and modern feel. A natural scene for meetings and experiences in one of Sweden's most interesting...