Chartered in 1621, Sundsvall is a historic city on Sweden’s east coast, where the River Selånger flows into the Sundsvallfjarden. It has been burned down and rebuilt several times throughout its history and became an important centre for forestry in the mid-19th century. Today, it is a hub for the pulp and paper industry and encompasses a Gulf of Bothnia port.
Things to do in Sundsvall
Learn about the people and events that have shaped the city at the Sundsvall Museum, which exhibits antique furnishings, porcelain and costumes. It boasts a large photographic collection with images dating from the late 19th century to the present day, as well as artworks by Arne Jones, Kalle Hedberg and Atti Johansson.
One of Sundsvall’s most impressive architectural landmarks is Gustav Adolf Church, a red-brick building topped by a soaring clock tower and spire. It’s a short stroll from the main square of Stora Torget, which is lined with beautiful old buildings now occupied by cafes and restaurants. Adjacent is the leafy green space of Vängåvan with its centrepiece fountain.
On the northern outskirts of the city centre is one of Sweden’s largest open-air museums, Norra Berget, which is home to more than 40 historic buildings that date back to the 14th century. Costumed guides demonstrate traditional crafts and agrarian life, as well as the industries that have increasingly shaped the region. In the summertime, live music concerts and cultural activities are regularly held here.
Getting around Sundsvall
Sundsvall–Timrå Airport is around 20 minutes’ drive from Sundsvall and has regular flights to Stockholm. By road, the Swedish capital is just over four hours away. Regular trains connect to the Sundsvall Central railway station and buses travel throughout the city. The centre of Sundsvall is ideally explored on foot.