Church Town / Lappstan
For church goers who wished to stay over night the church built cabins, this is known as Church Town. These buildings are some of the best preserved Church buildings in Västerbotten.
Potato hill / Pärbacken
Our nationally-known potato cultivation is one of Sweden’s eight wonders. It was one of Ammarnas first settlers Nils Johansson in the mid-1800s who discovered that potatoes do not freeze as easily on the slopes. This is because the hill is a moraine hill located in the south which retains heat well into autumn.
1858 inaugurated the first Sami chapel of Ammarnäs. The current church was built between 1910 and 1912. It was designed by architect Torben Grut, who also designed the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm. The church is in the national romantic style and consists of a nave with a vestry to the east and a small tower above the west gable.
In Spring 1674 the first priest came to Gillenoule. There were services at least twice a year in early July and late August-September for the Sami from Grans and Rans Sami villages. This simple chapel has been very important to the Sami and settlers from the 1600s and after.
In a cabin in Nolsivägen lives Sami craftsman Margareta Grahn. A world celebrity. She works with birch roots mostly, as well as textiles and tin wire and her works have become gifts during state visits and have been exhibited at the Nordic Museum. Opening Thurs-Sat 12:00 to 17:00
Here the cliff wall is high and has an overhang that forms a half cave-like place where Ammarnas forest grazing sheep sought shelter during storms. The walk starts at the ski slope under the slalom ski lift about 400 m before turning to the left. This is a great place for tourists to visit, it has good cultural and historical value.
Built in 1901, it served as a dwelling house, post office, school, police station, telephone exchange and health center. Today there is an exhibit of old artifacts and photographs. Coffee and waffles are served in the summer.
Ammarnäs Sami Association
There is a permanent exhibition of old Sami objects, crafts and pictures. The café is open upon request, see the notice board at the store.
Start your tour of Vindelfjällen with a visit to the Naturum Visitors’ Centre in Ammarnäs. There has been a Naturum Centre here since 1980. A new exhibition was opened in 2004. You can read all the texts in the exhibition in English.
Visitor Centre offers guided tours in the exhibition. If you are interested in a guided tour in naturum please contact the naturum manager well in advance. +46 (0)952-601 56 or +46 (0)70-368 01 65