Destinations & sights
Swimming & picnic areas
History & curiosities
The neighbourhoods of Umedalen and Backen are five kilometres west of downtown Umeå, between the winding Ume River to the south and the expansive forests north of the E12.
Getting here from the town centre is easy, whether travelling by foot, bicycle, car or bus line 1. Follow the Storgatan-Backenvägen road through Västerhiske, Grubbe and Grisbacka. If you continue west, you soon come to the nearest villages, Baggböle and Brännland.
If you prefer being like a local, at least in summer, then walk or bike on the river path. It takes about 15 minutes to bike from the downtown riverfront to Backen Church. Along the way you pass meadows, fields, and horse pastures. At the church, turn up hill and look for the horse in the tower to find the right place.