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Örnsköldsvik Municipality has 55,000 inhabitants. Around half of these live in the town of Örnsköldsvik, or in neighbouring areas. Bjästa, Husum, Bredbyn and Köpmanholmen are the largest communities outside of Örnsköldsvik.
You can get to Örnsköldsvik by train, air plane, bus or car. Trains stop at the travel centre in central Örnsköldsvik. The regional train, Norrtåg, also stops close to Örnsköldsvik Hospital and in Husum.
Buses to other towns and smaller communities within the municipality depart from the travel centre in Örnsköldsvik. City buses that travel around Örnsköldsvik depart from Örnparken, which is close to the market square.
The airport is at Gideå, which is 25 kilometres from the centre of Örnsköldsvik. From here you can fly to Stockholm, Arvidsjaur and several holiday destinations.
If you want to visit the archipelago, you can take a boat tour from Köpmanholmen, which is approximately 20 kilometres south of Örnsköldsvik. The traffic service to the largest islands, Ulvön and Trysunda, operates all year round.
The High Coast
Örnsköldsvik is part of the World Heritage site known as the High Coast. One of the unique aspects of the High Coast is that here, the land rises out of the water by almost one centimetre per year.
The High Coast is popular for outdoor activities and both the archipelago and the woods cater for this. The deep bays encourage sailing. You can hike 130 kilometres along the High Coast trail, from the High Coast Bridge in Kramfors Municipality to the centre of Örnsköldsvik. Along the way you will enjoy fantastic views and have the chance to rest in small shelters and cabins.
High Coast tourism provides tips about places to visit, accommodation and activities in Örnsköldsvik and the surrounding municipalities of Kramfors, Härnösand and Sollefteå. You can find information on the website www.hogakusten.com or telephone +46 (0) 613-108 50.
Summer 2017 will see the opening of a new visitors centre on the northern side of the High Coast bridge. Visit the centre for tailor-made information.
In Örnsköldsvik, the countryside, communities, and town offer a variety of accommodation options. Detached houses are the most common type of accommodation. House prices are comparatively low in relation to the household incomes. Over the last few years, several new apartment buildings have been built in an attractive location close to the harbour and only a block away from the city centre.
The municipal housing company, Övikshem, rents out apartments in the centre of Örnsköldsvik and in some of the surrounding communities. If you would like to rent an apartment, please contact Övikshem.
Call their customer services: +46(0)660-29 93 50
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You can also contact one of the private landlords or estate agents.
If you are planning on building your own house, the Urban Planning Department can help answer any questions you may have in respect of land, building regulations and the permits required.
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or contact the municipal switch board: +46(0)660-880 00.