Visit Långträsk, part 1
Me and my sister was out on a tour by car and saw a sign "Långträsk" (Which means long swamp in swedish, but "long sea" in some Sami language) and we thought "Let's go there!". It was a ride of maybe 70 km by car and the road itself wasn't very funny but we enjoyed it for the fun of it all.
At one time we came across some rein-deer which might by fun to see for a foreigner. Jsut beware the risk of bumping into them... people flashing their headlights at you in this region probably don't want to warn you about police controls, but rather of reindeer on the road....
Mind you that there is rather little snow in this picture....there were places with much more along the way. And this was in late April 2005...
Visit Långträsk, part 2
We knew that there wasn't going to be much to see in Långträsk...but that it was SO small we didn't know. This is the store we found there. We bought a can of coke and went back. Now THAT's real northern mentality!
Långträsk is situated halfway between Piteå and Arjeplog along road 373 btw!
Polstjärnan. Piteås gay pub....
Polstjärnan. Piteås gay pub. They have parties once a month, and sometimes really BIG parties at 'Havsbadet'. But you have to be a member in RFSL to get in....
Phone: 0911-925 70, Webbsite: www.rfsl.se/pitea
Pittoresque little town in northern Sweden
Piteå, a city of about 45.000 inhabitants is situated in northern Sweden, where the great river Piteälven joins the Gulf of Bothnia. It's south of the northern polar circle so there's no midnight sun there, but the sun just barely sets for a short time during summer. When I went there in April 2005 the sun went up at about 5 and set at about 10 in the evening.
Piteå is the place where my sister and her fiancé lives (and where he has been living for most of his life). It's a great place for summer are well as winter activites as there is a well-known beach in Piteå called Pite havsbad, which some years actually has the highest water temperatures in Sweden even though it's so far north.
When you go here you really should have a car to go around in the wild surroundings and enjoy the scenery.
My best tip is actually situated in the "neighbouring" municipality (100 km away), The great whitewater rapid "Storforsen" in Piteälv. The rapid lies in the Älvsbyn municipality.
I actually went here to celebrate my sister's fiancés 30th birthday but I think I won't have the guts to put THOSE pics online :p
Popular and charming summer town
Pite? is a popular town to visit in the summertime, due to it's great seaside location and it's friendly atmosphere. The "Pite havsbad" offers great facilities for indoors and outdors swimming and bathing fun. We only stopped in Pite? for a short afternoon, so check this website for more info: Pite havsbad
The towns located along the coast of Sweden are blessed with a large amount of sunny days during summer, and thus they make pleasant and popular places to visit in summer.