Walk in old growth forest illuminated by the midnight sun. Listen to the sound of the seabirds, the wind and the waves. Cut wood, feel the warmth from the stove and cook on an open fire. Have a sauna and a bath in brackish, clear water under the light blue evening sky. Stay overnight in a cottage and experience this vast, unique archipelago for real.

The Luleå archipelago is a world of its own. 1,312 shifting islands, shaped by weather and wind, midwinter cold and the magical summertime midnight sun. For a long time, the people of Luleå wished to keep the vast archipelago near their city to themselves. This has made it well-preserved and pleasantly sleepy.

If you really want to experience all the peculiarities of the archipelagic world, you should stay overnight in a cottage in the archipelago.

M/S Symfoni departs daily from June to August, an easy way to get to the islands. Photo: Lars Mandahl

Comfortable, simple and genuine

– I would describe it as a comfortable adventure suitable for everyone. It depends on what you are after. In a cottage in the archipelago, you will have a comfortable stay and the experience is simple and genuine. You are close to the sea, the weather and the untouched natural environment. You don’t need to hurry back to the city. I would say that a stay of two to four nights is perfect to give yourself time to wind down, see the islands and really experience the archipelago. As cell coverage is poor, you might as well try turning your phone off, says Lars Mandahl at the Luleå Tourist Centre.

Archipelago cottages are available for hire at Kluntarna, Brändöskär, Junkön and Småskär, islands, with their own feel, character and history.

At Brändöskär you find yourself in the outer rim of the archipelago. Here, the boatsheds and the fishermen’s cabins lie close to your cottage. Step inside the island’s unique fishermen’s chapel from the 18th century. Look out over the open sea, stretching towards the horizon. Brändöskär brings a feeling of freedom.

Junkön is one the biggest islands, habited since the 17th century. Still an active fishing harbour. Photo: Lars Mandahl

About the islands

At Småskär a genuine, barren archipelagic environment mingles with old-growth forest. Take a walk to the western side and have the island all to yourself. The lagoon between Småskär and Finnskär is something quite out of the ordinary.

Kluntarna is a favourite amongst families with children. The archipelago cottage lies in the middle of the cosy fishing camp with small red cottages, but the uninhabited parts of the island are close by. Walking paths will take you through shifting natural environments and across rugged terrain. Having fine, natural sandy beaches to yourself is true luxury. Discover one of the peculiar stone labyrinths on the island, built in the 14th century. If you would like to get even closer to nature, you can go ‘wild camping’.

Learn more

During the high summer, there are hosts on many of the islands. Near the cottages, you will find firewood, campfire sites and propane refrigerators. We recommend bringing blankets, sheets, a lighter, toilet paper, drinking water and food, as well as a flashlight if you’re staying here in late summer. For more information, visit lulea.se.

Unforgettable memories

At Stora Junkön, you can enjoy more comfortable accommodation and running water. The cottages are beautifully situated by the harbour inlet. Walk across picturesque footbridges and visit the windmill, several centuries old.

Midnight sun, wind and waves. Old-growth forests and natural beaches. Cosy fishing camps and the sea stretching towards the horizon. Regardless of which island you choose, an overnight stay in the Luleå archipelago is a genuine, unforgettable memory.

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