Baggböle covers the entire medieval village of Baggböle: the eastern area closest to Umedalen and the western area next to Baggböle Manor and its surroundings (approx. 10 km from downtown Umeå).

The area stretches down towards the Ume River, westward along Arboretum Norr, and eastward to the island Baggböleören.

It has several interesting sights with posted information signs.

Getting here

You can reach Baggböle by car from the E12, from Sockenvägen road, along the river’s walking and cycling paths, and from the Notvarpsbron bridge from Umeå Energicentrum in Klabböle.

There are a number of stops and picnic areas along the river, and coffee and meals are available at the manor.

Destinations & sights

Arboretum Norr

In the mid-1970s, a plan was drawn up to create the world’s northernmost botanical collection, an arboretum, in the village of Baggböle outside Umeå. Today (2016) the 16-hectare area is home to almost 400 species of trees and bushes from all over the hemisphere. In total, there are 2,400 planted trees and bushes in the Baggböle arboretum.

It is a popular recreation area and a wellspring of knowledge for students and visitors.

The director of the arboretum, Johnny Schimmel, wrote a book entitled Arboretet i Baggböle – en av världens nordligaste trädsamlingar (The Arboretum in Baggböle – one of the world’s northernmost botanical collections). With beautiful photographs, the arboretum is presented section by section, making the book an ideal guide for your visit and a lovely souvenir.

It is available for order on the website and contains 120 pages filled with colour images and information about all seven sections of the arboretum, as well as the trees and bushes that grow there. The book costs SEK 150 for direct sale from the office and SEK 165 including shipping.

Revenue from its sales helps support the arboretum.

Read more about the arboretum.

Baggböle Manor

The manor was designed in 1846 in Empire style by Assistant Vicar Johan Anders Linder of Umeå. It was completed in 1847 and was the home of the owner of the Baggböle sawmill.

Two detached wings, two gazebos, a skittle alley, a school, a fee mill, a large hay-drying rack, a barn, stables and three gardens with plants and potatoes were built around the manor. The manor was owned by Umeå Missionsförsamling from

1968 to 2006 and has been privately owned since 2006.

It now houses a restaurant and offices.

Baggböle manor website.

Read more about the history of Baggböle manor.

History & curiosities

Baggböle power plant with “The Buddha”

Egil Unander-Scharin bought Baggböle sawmill in 1897. The seller was Svartviks AB and the purpose of the purchase was to build a hydroelectric plant in the Baggböle Rapids. But in 1900, Holmsunds AB bought the shoreline and water rights on the Baggböle side of the Ume River.

Baggböle power plant was built in 1916 by Holmsunds AB and supplied electricity to the Obbola factory via a 22-kilometre-long cable with a 40,000 volt capacity.

In 1947, the City of Umeå bought the land and the power plant. The power plant was torn down when Stornorrfors power plant became operational in 1958. All that remains of the plant is a concrete foundation and wetlands. Two large holes inside the plant show where turbines spun to produce electricity.

Read more about the hydroelectric plant and artwork 811 with “The Buddha”.

Baggböle sawmill

Plans for a sawmill in the Baggböle Rapids of the Ume River were completed by a consortium comprising Johan Unander, Johan Vikner, and Eric Nyberg, who had the permits from the Norrfors two-frame sawmill and Pengfors one-frame sawmills transferred to the Baggböle Rapids in 1813.

The sawmill was built in 1813–1814 near Baggböle’s old mill.

The new sawmill in Baggböle was permitted to have four frame saws and to fell 2,883 trees.

In 1840, the sawmill was acquired by the Gothenburg-based James Dickson & Company, and under their leadership, the sawmill became the county’s largest industry.

Read more about Baggböle sawmill.

Kåddis – med anor från medeltiden

Kåddis by har belagts i historiska källor redan år 1324, då en viss Johannes med hustru Cecilia skänkte ett hemman i Kåddis till Uppsala domkyrka, mot villkor att ärkebiskopen gottgjorde Cecilias bror Jerud i Hiske för hans arvsanspråk. 1346 bytte Könik Skarlakan till sig egendomen mot jord han ärvt i Uppland.

Den medeltida bebyggelsen var belägen söder om den nuvarande byn. År 1543 fanns fem bönder i byn och 1750 lika många. Vid laga skiftet 1846-47 fanns här sju gårdar. Intill byn fanns tre fasta fiskebyggnader.

Under senare delen av 1800-talet expanderade byns bebyggelse och under 1900-talet har fler bostadshus, som egnahem och villor tillkommit.

Länsstyrelsen har klassat Kåddis by som riksintresse för kulturmiljövården.