The Swedes celebrate their national day in June. When I was there, the celebrations included a parade through town, to the main square in town. There was a marching band, people in traditional Swedish costumes, and children. When they arrived, there were a few speeches, music, and the people in Swedish costumes did some local dances. There were people going around giving free ice cream, and the stores in town had free flags on the counters.
Stuff to bring
Since I lived there for 5 months, I brought 2 suitcases, my backpack, and my purse. But if you're not going to stay as long as I did, one suitcase and carry-on is good enough, unless you need room for winter sports equipment or anything like that. If you're going in winter, bring warm clothes. It gets very cold and snowy. Comfortable winter boots, a coat, gloves, and a hat. But bring trendy clothes for the clubs if you want to go out at night. Your own prescriptions, and some over-the-counter medicines you might need. In Sweden, I think you need a prescription for most things (even things that we would normally buy over the counter), so bring your own tylenol and all that. A normal camera and film. There are many photo stores in town where you can buy film or disposeable cameras, and get film developped. If it's winter, warm clothes! Snowpants and a ski jacket if you want to go skiing/snowboarding. If you wear glasses or contacts, bring a spare pair, in case you lose or break your normal pair.
Up the river
There is a lake at Sodra Berget, and to get there you can walk along the roads, but if you go along the river, it's very beautiful, especially on a sunny day. There are brooks, little waterfalls, little bridges, and sometimes you can climb up the rocks (be careful while doing this!). You might encounter a duck or two on the way. You can go from the point at Bergsgatan (gatan means street in Swedish) where the river is (I think it flows under a bridge at that part), and walk up to Sidsjo.
Sundsvall is a small town in the south of Northern Sweden and is considered to be one of the bigger cities in Northern Sweden.
It's on the main road from Sweden to the far north (Umeå/Luleå) and makes a good stop along the way.
As Sundsvall is pretty small there's not that much to offer, the small citycenter is very pleasant and the cityhill to the north makes a good vantage point.
Sundsvall is my home town.
Sundsvall is situated in the middle of Sweden. Sundsvall is a great winter city. Several ski slopes are situated just outside the city centre.
Sodra Berget is a lovely recreation area for skiing and trekking. The music life thrives. Lot's of choirs and local bands. You can find lot's of bars and restaurants in the city centre and also an international casino if you don't know what to do with all your money.