Just after the last ice age, when the massive ice sheet started retreating, Botsmark was at the shore of the Gulf of Bothnia. The rapid land uplift that followed left some distinct geological traces. The granite caves in the scree of the hill Stor-Boberget were formed by a violent earthquake in the year 7341 BC, when the southern slope collapsed in a gigantic rock-slide. You will find five caves, up to 120 metres long, below and between the rocks. You can reach the caves by an appr. half hour walk through the forest from Botsmark village.
Botsmarksblocket is ostensibly Sweden’s largest erratic: a giant boulder transported by the ice sheet thousands of years ago. More than 10 meters high, it weighs more than 5000 elephants. A road with beautiful views on the Sävar river takes you to a parking lot with fireplace, from which it is just a 100m walk.
The highest point in Umea municipality, Loberget, gives a magnificent view over the surrounding landscape. When the weather is good you can see the ships in the Gulf of Bothnia, more than 70km away. During summer you can reach Loberget by foot from Botsmark, good shoes required. Alternatively you can drive around and get closer by car, and walk only the remaining 800m from the other side. Especially around midsummer the midnight views are fantastic. During winter Loberget can be reached by snow scooter.
At Loberget there is a watchtower that allows you to view the surroundings from above the trees. Once the tower was used to spot forest fires. The person on guard would sleep in the cabin next to the tower, to resume duties the next morning. The cabin is now accommodated with beds and matrasses for 4-6 persons (bring your own bedlinen), an outside toilet, and a fireplace nearby.
NOTE THAT THE WATCHTOWER IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REPAIR.