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Arrival and visit Skelleftea in Swedish Lapland

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Old Sami houses in Skelleftea


When the plane began to descend we could see the completely icy Baltic sea and a blue sky without a glimpse of clouds. The trip promised and a slight nervousness parked the delayed sleep for a while.

With our eyes half closed we left the plane and prepared to pick up the backpack at the small airport of Skelleftea. Suddenly, what we found in the same luggage room suddenly woke us up. The Swedes had prepared a welcome across the top of the first arrivals of the Iberian Peninsula with the brand-new Ryanair flight. A woman played music on an electric piano, we were offered canapés and champagne and the press approached to ask us questions. A welcome of these characteristics opens your appetite to quickly pick up your backpack and get to travel and meet this cozy town.

It would be easy now to exaggerate and compare that received as if I had found myself in the Steven Spielberg film and its meetings in the third phase. However, I was surprised by the warm welcome. Later I would understand that this area in northern Sweden receives very few tourists and a direct flight from southern Europe with a few journalists and a couple of travel bloggers was going to be in the newspapers for the next few days.

Skelleftea downtown square

We headed downtown by car. However, if you need public transport, there are buses that link the airport with the center of Skelleftea and their schedules are connected with the arrivals and departures of flights. It leaves for 80 Swedish crowns and takes about 20 minutes. As in any other service or establishment in the country you can pay by card so forget about changing or withdrawing money from the cashier during the entire trip. Blessed Swedes!

We visit an old part of the city where there is a Sami house settlement. Formerly the Swedes forced politely to the Sami to profess Christianity. Over time, this nomadic tribe of Lapland was asked to make regulated visits to the churches of each town in order to have a census of the inhabitants of the area. Small wooden houses were built around the churches and, today, they still stand and some cases serve as accommodation for the locals.

Skelleftea is a pleasant city of about 30,000 inhabitants by the Baltic Sea. In the center square you will find commercial areas with all kinds of shops and services. It is a good place to carry out your operations in the area although it is advisable to spend a night in the city and rent a car to learn about the surroundings of this remote area of ​​Swedish Lapland.

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