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Leisure and outdoor activities

Outdoor life beyond the ordinary

The natural surroundings of Örnsköldsvik offer a wealth of experiences, big and small. There are woodland plains, lakes and rivers teeming with fish, gulfs and bays that carve into the countryside and characteristic red nordingrå granite cliffs. Places where you can enjoy fresh air and tranquillity or an exciting adventure in the nearby wilderness. There’s a great diversity of animals and plants here and a section of the High Coast has been a World Heritage Site since November 2000.

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.

As a resident of Örnsköldsvik, you have practically everything on your doorstep. The archipelago with all its islands, featuring the beautiful little gems of Ulvön and Trysunda, and further inland the hiking trails, chalets, ski trail system, freshwater fishing, canoeing and more.

The municipality and the local associations have worked hard to make the countryside accessible, resulting in Örnsköldsvik being awarded the title of Sweden’s Best Outdoor Municipality in 2011, 2015 and 2016.

There’s plenty of skiing around Örnsköldsvik. The nearest slopes are: Bjästabacken, Solberg, Skule och Åsbacken right in the heart of the city. There are cross-country ski trails at Rutberget and centrally at Skyttis, among other places.

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.comexternal link or telephone +46 (0)771-26 50 00, e-mail

Lots of associations

We have over 600 associations, covering everything from art, theatre and choral singing to sport in all its forms: football, ice hockey, floorball, tennis, golf, riding and much, much more. There are lots of sports facilities, as well as cultural and recreation centres. Sliperiet, in the city centre, is a popular meeting place for young people.

Many people in Örnsköldsvik are involved with sport. The local ice hockey team, Modo, plays at the Fjällräven Centre arena, at elite level. Furthermore, the town has halls for football, hockey, curling as well as Skyttis Sport Centre for training in athletics and cross country skiing. The popular adventure pool centre, Paradiset, has a spa and a sauna.

There are swimming pools, ice rinks, and illuminated jogging paths in several locations.

Regardless of whereabouts in the Municipality you live, you are always close to nature. We have woodland paths and trails, ski trails and ski slopes. The sea, lakes and rivers encourage fishing, bathing and boating activities.

The Swedish Right to Access law provides generous access to nature. However, it also requires that everyone takes responsibility, and respects the plants, animals and environment. Learn more about what rules apply at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency's website . Information is provided in several languages.

Play parks
Many of our communities have well-equipped parks with new play equipment, tables, benches and barbecue pits for the whole family to enjoy.

Leisure-time centres
Young persons can spend time together at the leisure-time centres in the evening. Adult leaders are available on site and, naturally, the centres and activities are drug-free. Parents are welcome to visit the centres.

There are centres in Bjästa, Björna, Bredbyn, Domsjö, Gideå, Gullänget, Husum, Järved, Mellansel and Själevad. There is a leisure-time centre called Sliperiet in the centre of Örnsköldsvik.

At the "Arken" library in Örnsköldsvik you can borrow books in different languages, films and music, as well as read the paper and use the Internet. The library arranges story times, plays and reading activities for children.

There are local libraries in Bjästa, Björna, Bredbyn, Husum, Själevad, Skorped, Trehörningsjö as well as at Nolaskolan and Parkskolan in Örnsköldsvik.

Museums, art and music
At Örnsköldsvik's museum and art gallery you can visit exhibitions and learn about local history. Several rural museums highlight their local cultural heritage. The High Coast Art Valley runs along the Nätra river, exhibiting art which is placed outside in natural surroundings.

Various facilities provide a range of theatre and music. In Gideå you can watch live opera from the major European stages. In addition to the cultural life in Örnsköldsvik, you can easily take advantage of all that the neighbouring city of Umeå has to offer.

Join an association
Joining a community association can be a good way to discover a new place or to get to know new people, The Municipality' Community Association Unit can help to find a community association that offers the activity of your interest.

Contact the Municipality's Community Association Unit: +46(0)660-882 15, e-mail:


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