Sundsvall – located in the Medelpad province on Sweden’s northeast coast – has everything you could wish for, whether you’re an urban type or more of a nature lover. According to some historians, Sundsvall brought industrialization to Sweden in 1849. And, boasting a major forestry industry since the early 20th century, it continues to be an important industrial hub.
A town with an eventful past, Sundsvall has been destroyed by fire four times. Following a particularly devastating fire in 1888 – the worst in Swedish history – the city was rebuilt entirely in stone, giving it the nickname Stenstaden (Stone City).
For a healthy dose of culture, visit Kulturmagasinet in the heart of the city. At Sundsvall, home to the city library as well as the Sundsvall museum, you’ll find exhibitions that showcase the historical and artistic heritage of the town. Venture beyond the urban borders, with its diverse range of cultural spots and entertainment venues, and you’ll discover that Sundsvall and its surrounding areas boast immense natural beauty. You’re also within easy reach – about an hour and a half drive north of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Höga Kusten (the High Coast).
The Höga Kusten is renowned for its granite cliffs and rocks that jut up from the edge of the sea and is a popular hiking destination. The Sundsvall area’s must-see sites can be enjoyed year-round. Take it all in while hiking, cycling, jogging, or, for the slightly more adventurous, enjoying a canoe ride along the many waterways surrounding the city. In wintertime, you can whizz down the snowy slopes of the various ski stations located less than 15 minutes drive outside the city center.