Lulea - Sweden

Lulea lies at the mouth of the Lule river on the north-west corner of the Gulf of Bothnia. On the east coast of Sweden it is the capital of the district of Nforrbotten, on the Sando. It is a port for shipping iron ore and tinber but is closed by ice from November to the end of May. For those who are interested in the countryside there is an amazing archipelago to visit and also two beautiful river valleys. A must is the world heritage site Gammelstads kyrkstad (‘Old church town'), a unique location found on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Places of interst in the town include the Teknikens Hus (Lulea Science Centre) and Friluftsmuseet Hägnan (Open-air museum, Hägnan). Lulea was founded in 1621 around the medieval church in Gammelstad. The city was an important commercial centre even then, with maritime trade with ports in the south, in particular Stockholm. However, the harbour in Gammelstad did not satisfy the demands made by an expanding maritime trade, and the city had to be moved in 1649 7 miles (10km) to its present site. Nevertheless, some of the citizens refused to abandon Gammelstad. The King had to resort to a decree to force them to move to the new city. Trading with fish, leather, wood and tar continued. The town was almost entirely burnt down in 1887, and its buildings are new the church (1888-1893), the Norrbotten Museum and a technical school being the most important. The following 1 cruises call at Lulea. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.