Luleå has a wide range of hiking trails, each with its unique character and showcasing distinctive parts of Luleå’s natural environment. Several are within walking distance of the city center, others are easily reached by bus or bicycle. If you have access to a car, then the possibilities are endless.
Hiking in Luleå is almost like strolling through the history of this unique city. For instance, you can begin by hiking across the large shingle fields on Bälingeberget – the first spot to rise from the sea, following land uplift after the recession of the inland ice sheet. At the time, Bälingeberget was just in islet in the middle of the sea and the waves shaped the rocks that now make hiking on the mountaina fascinating experience.
Continue through the history of Luleå by visiting the place we now call Gammelstad Church Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once the centre of Luleå, before the city was moved in the 17th century. Today, it is a popular tourist destination and there are also many rare birds in the area. Here, you
can hike on what was once the seabed, now a beautiful forest with pleasant walking paths.
When you have made your way to the modern city of Luleå, on the peninsula by
the coast, you will find many other amazing areas to explore on foot. When people moved here in the 1600’s, they also began exploring the surroundings. This helped create several excellent hiking trails near the city centre,
such as one of the locals’ favourites, the trail around Hertsöträsk.
Luleå has a lot to offer hikers. We have collected our favourite destinations in our hiking guide and we hope you will enjoy them just as much as we do.
You can get your own copy of the hiking guide through the link below or pick it up at the Luleå tourist center in Kulturens hus.