If there is a Swedish city that has risen from the ashes like a Phoenix and dazzled the rest of the world with its new splendour, it must be Sundsvall. After the major fire in 1888, the city was rebuilt with insurance money and contributions from the rich timber magnates. It was built entirely in stone and designed by the leading architects of the time, who took pride in outdoing each other. It would be, absolutely, impossible to build a similar city today. Back then, Sundsvall was Sweden’s Klondike, a city to which thousands of people travelled to seek their fortune and a better life. Today, Sundsvall is a city buzzing with life and activity more than ever. The opportunities to find happiness here have not diminished with the years, quite the opposite.
Sweden’s largest coastal delta is formed at the mouth of the river Indalsälven where it flows into the Gulf of Bothnia. This unique natural environment is best explored on foot or by canoe. Sundsvall-Timrå Airport, the county’s largest airport, is located in the middle of the delta, a stone’s throw from the magnificent Y sculpture created by the artist Bengt Lindström. Here is also a seaside 18-hole golf course. Timrå is also home to Merlo, the only castle in Norrland, and the beautiful Tynderö peninsula with its many roadside cafes and farm shops along Skeppshamnsleden. A ten-minute drive south brings you to Birsta Retail Centre and Sundsvall’s diverse offerings.
The geographical heart of Sweden is starting to develop into a musical centre. The rock bands Takida and Corroded both originate from Ånge. The beautiful valley of the river Ljungan, dotted with small villages and large manors from the days of the timber magnates, strikes a chord in people’s hearts. The result is sweet music.