Luleå, Sweden

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Arthur the moose (or elk as the animal is called in Europe)

The Avid Cruiser visits Luleå, Sweden, a port of call in the Gulf of Bothnia, situated in the far north of the Baltic Sea. Luleå is a natural gateway to Swedish Lapland, which constitutes a quarter of Sweden’s area and is home to Europe’s last remaining wilderness.

Among the shore excursions featured in the series of videos that follow: Gammelstad, Europe’s best preserved example of a church village; Swedish Lapland, and a visit with the native Sami people; Storforsen, one of Europe’s largest rapids.

Luleå is a member of the Bothnia Cruise Ports, along with Umeå, ÖrnsköldsvikHudiksvall on the Swedish side and Rauma, Pori and Oulu on the Finnish side of the Gulf of Bothnia.

The Avid Cruiser Highlights Shore Excursions In Luleå, Sweden

Shore Excursion From Luleå, Sweden To The Untamed Rapids of Storforsen

The Avid Cruiser visits Storforsen, one of Europe’s largest rapids and only an hour’s drive from Luleå, Sweden.

Shore Excursion From Luleå, Sweden To Swedish Lappland

The Avid Cruiser visits Swedish Lappland, where reindeer and elk (called “moose” in North America) are still herded by the local Sami people (also known as Lapps).

Shore Excursions In Luleå Sweden: Gammelstad Church Cottage

The Avid Cruiser visits Gammelstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that represents the best-preserved example of a “church village.” Villages like Gammelstad were once found throughout northern Scandinavia. The 424 wooden houses that radiate from the early 15th-century stone church, were used only on Sundays and at religious festivals to house worshippers from the surrounding countryside who lived too far away from home to return on the same day. Gammelstad is fewer than 20 minutes by car or bus from where the cruise ships dock in Luleå.

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