Infos about the region Gästrikland
In the middle of the south-eastern part of Norrland you will find the province of Gästrikland. It borders in the east and south towards Uppland, in the south to Västmanland, in the west to Dalarna and in the north to Hälsingland. Gästrikland consists mostly of plains with just smaller hills. In the south and east there is some arable land, but the province is dominated by forest, especially in the west and north. The landscape is fairly rich on lakes, the largest lake is the lake Storsjön and the largest river in Gästrikland is Dalälven, which flows through the country side. The lower Dalälven is known for its pike and pikeperch and attracts anglers from all over Europe. Gästrikland's largest cities are Gävle and Sandviken, with about 70 000 and 22 000 inhabitants. Gävle is located in Gavle Bay, where the river Gavleån flows into the Gulf of Bothnia (Baltic Sea), about 15 km northwest of Skutskär where Dalälven has its estuary. About 20 km west of Gävle and upstream along Gavleån is Sandviken located. Between Gävle and Skutskär is Furuvik, known for the animal- and amusement park Furuviksparken. Gästrikland has something for everyone!