Do you want to experience and discover the absolute best of Västerbottens' culture and nature? Keep an eye out for places and businesses with the Västerbotten Experience-seal.

What is Västerbotten Experience?

It is an investment for sustainable hospitality industry that has been going on since 2015. All Västerbotten Experience-businesses have undergone a sustainability audit based on criterias approved by UN, produced by Global Sustainability Tourism Council. The criterias cover social, economic and environmental aspects, and to name a few examples, takes nature, culture, indigenous people, local economy, biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions in consideration. All audited businesses have a sustainability policy and an environmental plan to follow. In Umeå region, close to 40 businesses have been audited and received a so called VX-seal.

Read more about Västerbotten Experience here

Audited businesses in Umeå region 

Aurora Borealis Adventures – Dog sledding, aurora tepees and stand-up paddling, in Ekorrsele.

Berguddens fyrvaktarbostäder (lighthouse keeper's accommodation) – Cosy hostel on the island Holmön. 

Den gamla butiken i Örsbäck (the old boutique in Örsbäck) – Interior decorations and details, gifts, contemporary design and shapes from the past. 

Ecocamp - Unique nature experiences with a focus on food, nature and culture.

UmeEcoRide - Offers transportation and guided tours by powered pod-taxi.

Epic Nature Sweden – Hiding places and look-out spots for wild animals and photografy of ex. sea and golden eagles, in the forests between Umeå and Örnsköldsvik.

First Hotel Dragonen – Cosy hotel with family rooms in central Umeå.

Forsknäckarna – Experience-based business offering white water rafting, experience packages and accommodation in a tree hut, right next to the river Vindelälven in Ekorrsele. 

Gamla Salteriet – Delicacy shop with everything the sea has to offer, in Obbola.

Hotell Gamla Fängelset  – Spend a night in a cell, Umeå's former prison.

Granö Beckasin – Eco-hotel, accommodation in "bird's nests" and nature activities right next to Umeå river, in Granö.

Hantverk i Ratan – Local crafts store in cultural village Ratan. 

Harlequin - a restaurant where the best experience, service and product are always in focus.

Harriets –Familiar restaurant in central Umeå, in First Hotel Dragonen.

Holmöns båtmuseum – Museum on the island Holmön, reflectinUnique nature experiences with a focus on food, nature and culture.g the past and present life by Kvarken, exhibitions and bike rental.

Hunger & Törst - a restaurant that conveys a curiosity and love for good ingredients.

Kvarkenfisk  White Guide recommended fishing tavern by the sea, in Rovögern. 

Lergrovastugan – AirBnB accommodation in an old bakeouse in Agnäs.

Levar Hotell – Old enriched hotel and restaurant in Nordmaling. 

Lotshuset Gästhem – Unique design accommodation in an old pilot house in Järnäsklubb. 

Nature Immersion Center - Learn more and strengthen your relationship with nature.

Norrbyskärs museum – Museum, guided tours, exhibitions and food on the island Norrbyskär, a former sawmill society (one of Europe's largest!). 

Olofsfors Bruksmuseum – One of Sweden's best preserved ironworks, in Nordmaling.

Presteles Trädgårdskafé & Logi – Café, bakery, garden exhibition and cosy accommodation in Hörnsjö.

Root - A restaurant in Tavelsjö that is open all year round with a seasonal menu.

Stora Fjäderägg – Hostel next to a lighthouse on the island Stora Fjäderägg, which is part of the island group Holmöarna.

Tjarn – Cosy conference facility in an old homestead next to Lögdeå river, in Hyngelsböle. 

Wallhalla B&B – Cosy bed and breakfast in an old Västerbotten's farmhouse close to the river Vindelälven in Vännfors.  

Where the wild river runs – Accommodation, fishing and nature activities next to Lögdeå river, in Hyngelsböle.

Wild river – Summer restaurant in inland Västerbotten. Focus lies on seasonal produce and their prime characteristics.

Åbrånets Limousin – Cosy farm restaurant and shop  at the countryside in Hörnsjö.