The Nämforsen rapids on the Ångerman River are home to one of northern Europe’s largest rock carving sites. On Notön, Brådön and Laxön islands and the river banks near them, there are about 2,300 rock carvings. The oldest ones date back more than 6,000 years.
Here you can see figures (mostly elks) carved by northern hunters over a hundred generations, as well as symbols and figures that show contact with people further south. The huge collection of rock carvings, the unique natural environment with its steep, sandy river banks, and free-flowing rapids during the summer, make the Nämforsen rapids into a world class cultural heritage site.
The iron works movement that started in Sweden 300 years ago was the beginning of industrialization. Today’s society would be impossible without iron, which served as the foundation for modern technology. Forests and water power were key factors in determining where to locate ironworks. There were plenty of raw materials in the interior of Ångermanland Province in the 17th century. At that time, people were afraid that the blast furnaces and ironworks, with their constant demand for charcoal, would result in the deforestation of the entire Bergslagen region.
Sollefteå has ten local history museums (hembygdsgårdar) where committed people work to ensure that we and our children will be able to experience artefacts and settings from the past. Several of the local history museums have midsummer and local district day celebrations.