In Swedish Lapland you will have the opportunity to discover three World Heritage Sites. They include the Laponia Area spanning four National Parks and two nature reserves, the Struve Geodetic Arc in Jupukka Nature Reserve in Tornedalen – and the Church Village of Gammelstad outside of Luleå.
Not many people know that the city of Luleå has not always been where it is today. Gammelstad, outside Luleå on the road to Boden, used to be the city centre up until the 17th century, before it was moved closer to the sea and the harbour where it lies today. When the city moved, it was named the New City of Luleå (Luleå Nya Stad) and the old one became The Old City of Luleå (Luleå Gamla Stad). The names were soon shortened to Luleå and Gammelstad respectively.