It has been a while between getting back from Umeå and posting about it because of the computer trouble. But here are some pictures to make up for it! Umea is on the East cost, just 200km shy of the artic circle. It is fairly cosmopolitan city, with a huge University (5th oldest in Sweden, making it older than any in Canada) and giant hospital with multi-helipad that services the whole north. It has culture and great restaurants and an awesome exercise/community centre, which I just can’t imagine getting in Anchorage or Whitehorse or Iqualiut. Sweden does a good job of spreading services and ‘civilization’ into the North, and there is population up there as well, rather than cowering in the South like in Canada.