Which is good news for you as you won’t need much shuteye as you’ll be cramming in as much of the Capital of Culture programme as you can. If you’re coming in wintertime and you can drag yourself away from whichever culture-vulture activity you’re experiencing, you’ll get to see the Northern lights, the best light show in the world.
Just a note on what to wear; if you’re coming in summer bring the shorts and sandals, if you’re coming in winter, bring the thermals.
As well as being European Capital of Culture in 2014, Umeå can also claim to be the northernmost capital of culture, located as it is in northern Sweden, a place of extreme natural beauty and rugged wilderness (and culture, of course).
It goes without saying that the city of Umeå in northern Sweden is going to be one giant culture-fest for the whole of 2014.
The capital of culture programme is based around the eight Sami seasons.