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Skellefteå (Sweden)

Practical information about Skellefteå

  • Encounters with locals
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • River
  • Ski resort
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1 hour by plane from Stockholm
When to go
All year round, but from November to April if you want snow.
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Skellefteå

Julie Olagnol Travel writer
91 travel articles

Skellefteå is a small, calm town in the south of Swedish Lapland. You go there to enjoy nature and the many sporting activities in the surroundings.

My suggestion:
You could try a dog sledding raid in the region, rather than going to the Great North, which is more touristy and more expensive.

During my trip to Sweden, I visited a couple of friends who own a guest house and a raid (a sort of endurance trip) agency in Swedish Lapland, in a village called Flarken. The simplest way to get there is to take an SAS flight from Stockholm to Skellefteå, a small town where my friend also go to stock up on equipment for their agency.

In March the weather was already very nice so the plane didn't land on frozen runways, as it does in winter. The sunshine didn't stop me enjoying all the unmissable activities in Lapland: snowshoeing, ice skating, snow mobiling, ice fishing, and, of course, the famous dog sled driving.

We stayed in a traditional Swedish house, in the middle of the forest. During one of the raids we stayed in small chalets in the middle of Swedish Lapland. Lots of tourists do these sorts of trips at Kiruna. I've never been there, but I can really recommend the region of Skellefteå (not the town itself, I grant you), where there are no tourists and the nature is fabulous.

Off on a "raid" towards Skellefteå