Car Hire from Umea Airport
Umea Airport is located in Norrland, the most northerly of the Swedish regions. Norrland is home to the majority of the country’s national parks, some excellent ski resorts and a host of eclectic university towns. In this remote part of Sweden, hiring a car is a great way to get around. There are some incredibly scenic roads to travel and lots of lesser known treasures to discover.
Where to hire a car at Umea Airport
Car hire companies at Umea Airport are based inside the arrivals hall in the airport terminal. There are a variety of companies to choose from including Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Mabi and Sixt. Cars are returned to the long-term car park where the rental companies have marked spaces.
Petrol Stations near Umea Airport
If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, there’s a petrol station located right on site at Umea Airport.
Driving around Umea Airport
Umea Airport offers easy access to route E12, a road which travels south to Holmsund and northwest to Umea and Brannland. The airport also lies close to the E4 which travels southwest towards Nordmaling and Ornskoldsvik, and northeast to Savar and Bygdea.
Cars drive on the right hand side of the road in Sweden and there’s a maximum speed limit of 110kph on motorways. Headlights must be switched on, even during daylight hours and there’s a zero tolerance policy towards drinking and driving. Winter conditions in Sweden can be extreme so if you’re travelling between December and April, be sure to check your hire car is equipped with winter tyres. During winter months, it’s compulsory for drivers to have antifreeze in the windscreen fluid and a shovel to clear snow.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Umea Airport, there are lots of great destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
The small city of Umea was a European Capital of Culture in 2014 and it has plenty of artistic attractions for visitors. There’s a public sculpture park, an open air theatre and a famous opera house. Visitors can head to watch Umea’s ice hockey team play, wander around Nydalasjon, a beautiful lake, or sample Swedish cuisine in one of the city’s many restaurants.
Umea city is less than ten minutes’ drive from Umea Airport. Drivers should join the E4 westbound before branching off onto the E12. Umea is a relatively small city, easy to explore on foot, so it’s a good idea to make use of one of Umea’s well-signposted car parks as soon as you can.
Vindeln is a small town north of Umea. Lying next to the Vindeln River, it offers excellent white water rafting opportunities. You can sign up for a half day excursion or longer two day trips. It’s also possible to rent a hot tub here.
It takes around 50 minutes to drive from Umea Airport to Vindeln, taking the E12 into Umea city centre and then picking up route 363 heading north. Vindeln is a very small town, set over just a few roads, so it’s easy to find your way.
Lycksele is oldest surviving Sami settlement in Swedish Lapland. It’s located north of Umea and the quaint town is home to both a forestry museum and a small zoo. Lycksele is worth a trip in itself but also acts as a rest point on the way to ski resorts further north.
It takes around an hour and 30 minutes to drive from Umea Airport to Lycksele, taking the E12 north. The town is small with lots of parking spaces and good signposting.