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You are looking for hostels in Västerbotten? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Västerbotten hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Västerbotten.

All Cities in Västerbotten

We list every single hostel in Västerbotten and the world. In total, we have 4 cities in Västerbotten for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Västerbotten hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Västerbotten. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Västerbotten

Vasterbotten is a Northern province in Sweden. It is next to Angermanland, Lapland, North Bothnia and the Gulf of Bothnia. Culturally, Vasterbotten is considered Lapland. The Swedish province names no longer serve an administrative purpose, but they are kept as historical designations. The largest cities are Umeao and Skelleftea.

Traveling to Vasterbotten is fairly easy, you can fly from Stockholm to Umeao directly. If you prefer the train, there is a direct line from Stockholm to Umeao. However, to get to remote parts of the region its best to have your own vehicle, even though there are local and regional buses between towns. A ferry in the nearby port town of Holmsund connects with Vaasa, Finland.

Budget accommodation in Vasterbotten can be found in Umeao and Skelleftea. There is a university in Umeao, and often there are inexpensive student accommodations nearby. Look for the word “vandrarhem,” as that translates directly to “hostel.” Many Swedes speak English, so you can always ask passerby to point you to a hostel as well. Outside of the main cities, hostels are rare. Consider a guesthouse (“gasthus”) or bed and breakfast instead.

Once you have your accommodation sorted, you can start exploring this region. Vasterbotten is known for the cheese made in the province. In Umeao, the culture scene is thriving, and in 2014 it was a European Capital of Culture. The university library is given a copy of every book printed in Sweden, there are several museums including the outdoor museum at Gammlia, the sculpture garden, and the Museum of the Image, and there is a strong music and film culture.

Otherwise, the region is sparsely populated. It is home to the Nordic Sami people of Lapland, who first settled in northern Sweden around the 14th century, although not in any particular settlement. The coast was settled by Germanic tribes moving up the Bothnian Bay in the 14th century and onwards. The climate is subarctic and as a result has short, hot summers and long, cold winters. Outdoor sports are popular here, from hiking and canoeing in the summer to snowshoeing, skiing, dog-sledding, and ice skating in the winter. Lake Nydalasjon is the largest lake in the region; here you can fish, kayak, canoe, or swim. Another winter highlight in Vasterbotten is the Northern Lights, when daylight hours are scarce.

Vasterbotten is rich in outdoor pursuits and is northern Sweden’s culture capital. The province is an exciting place to settle and explore.

expert for Västerbotten hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Västerbotten hostels Jakob Lombardi

Travel Tips for Västerbotten - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Västerbotten. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Västerbotten. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Västerbotten

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Västerbotten?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Västerbotten here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Västerbotten safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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