Photography of Sweden
Sundsvall, considered the capital of Norrland (Northern Sweden) and beautifully set on the Selångerån River running between Norra Berget (North Mountain) and Södra Berget (South Mountain).
With a very pretty town centre, magnificent architecture and a great layout, Sundsvall is a Västernorrland county gem.
Sundsvall, which was first chartered in the early 1600's, has experience several devastating fires but like a phoenix, Sundsvall rose out of the ashes and the beautiful architecture of the town is the result of rebuilding after the most recent, 1888, fire.
Sundsvall grew as a centre for the Swedish forestry industry and the town is reputed to be where Swedish industrialisation started with the introduction of steam powered saw mills.
The fire and resulting rebuild also provided Sundsvall with its mascot, the Dragon. The oriental Dragon was chosen by those in charge rebuilding the city for its protective powers and many buildings are adorned with this figure of courage and power; as well as many others throughout the streets. In fact, in July, the residents honour the mythical creature with an annual street festival, (Gatufesten).
Sundsvall provides the perfect base for exploring the High Coast (Höga Kusten) north of Sundsvall and also if wanting to tour westward to Östersund and further into Jämtland and the mountains like Äre near the Norwegian border.