Västerbotten is the second northernmost county in North Sweden. The county is known for its sustainability where foods and products are concentrated on local ingredients and local businesses. To travel to the Västerbotten is very easy, you can either take a flight from Stockholm which only takes 90 minutes or you can take a train, a coach, or a boat, you can choose any transportation that fits your travel.
Umeå and Skellefteå are the largest cities in the county. Umeå is situated on the Ume River, one of the main rivers in Northern Sweden while Skellefteå is situated at the southern coast of Sweden. There are several aurora locations in Umeå where you can enjoy the show but our users spotted the aurora most at the Lake Bäcksjön. At the lake, you can have the aurora reflected on the still water when the condition is good and the lake is only around 26 minutes by drive from Umeå.
We already talked about the Finnish Lapland above, we cannot forget the Swedish Lapland. The best time to see the aurora in Swedish Lapland is during winter from September to March but you can of course see it in late August when the sky is getting dark.
The most spotted aurora location reported by our users in Lapland is in Kiruna, Kiruna is the northernmost city in Sweden situated 300km above the Arctic Circle right inside the aurora zone. It has a population of 17,000 people and it’s a perfect hub for aurora lovers to stays and enjoys the aurora shows. At Kiruna’s city center you can expect to see the aurora every night and you can either enjoy hunting them by yourself or you can decide to take local tours there. Even Though you can enjoy the aurora while stay cozy in your hotel rooms we recommend taking a small stroll outside of the city center and find a dark place where you can see the lights in full experiences.