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On the north side of the Lule River, just over half a mile northeast of Boden, lies the village of Vittjärv. Beautifully situated between river and lake and with its cultivated fields, the area has a distinctly rural atmosphere, while the buildings are varied with both modern villas and older houses. The village has a preschool and primary school (F-6), hosts a variety of thriving companies in a wide range of industries and has a lively association life. The proximity to road 97, good cycle paths and bus connections make it easy and convenient to travel to both the city center and commuter towns. Residents describe Vittjärv as cozy, child-friendly and with high nature values. “All roads here are cycle paths!” The proximity to the river, lake, stream and varied forest terrain provides great opportunities for outdoor experiences all year round.

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  • 1. Nature The village takes its name from Lake Vittjärvsträsket, which is used for swimming, fishing, skating and skiing, and even folkrace. In winter, both classic and skating trails are made on the ice. The lake supports species such as pike, perch, gers and bream. The river is also used for fishing precious fish and crayfish. A few kilometers north is an exciting nature reserve, Bröstsockerkläppen, with pebble fields, silver pines and dry spruce trees. Signal species such as scented lichen, lung lichen and tibast can be found here, and bird enthusiasts can see capercaillie, three-toed woodpecker and common crow. Around Vittjärv there are nice snowmobile trails in the winter. Electric light trails can be found at the Pagla ski station, about three kilometers away. There are hiking trails everywhere in the forests around the village.
  • 2. Preschool and primary school (F-6) Friskolan Mimers Brunn offers preschool and primary school from preschool class to grade 6 (age 12). The school works according to the Bifrost pedagogy with cross-curricular themes and prioritizes outdoor life and outdoor-based learning.
  • 3. Active associations Vittjärvs IK was founded in 1924 and is still a vital association that focuses on football and orienteering. At the Tjärnbacken sports ground is the association's clubhouse with office, meeting room, kitchen, changing room with shower, sauna and storage room. There is a kiosk in the building for matches. The premises can be booked by anyone who wants to organize events and activities, such as parties, exhibitions, yoga and dance classes.

    The Active Women Association organizes various events such as book circles, lectures and wine tasting. The association also provides a forum for discussion of issues and actions related to the village. Activity Vittjärv is a Facebook initiative that provides information on local events. Every year, the associations jointly organize the Vittjärv Day, with events such as a football match for children, a sale of palt (north Sweden's national dish), orienteering, a quiz, a boules tournament and a barbecue.
  • 4. Playground In the middle of the village there is an accessible playground for small children. The park includes a playground, two swing sets (buddy swing and rocker), a sandbox, sand table and bench table.
  • 5. Vittjärv cottage / Mayor's summer cottage An interesting building in the village is the Mayor's summer house, built in 1925 and designed by architect Ewald Gabrielsson. The house includes a small cottage, bicycle shed, hearth, playhouse and storage room. The decor is characterized by wall-mounted, decorative painted beds, shelves and cabinets. The buildings (with the exception of the hostel, which has been moved here) were built by the then mayor of Boden and are a well-preserved example of a summer residence for the upper classes. The cottage was listed in 2001 and is privately owned.

About the area

The name Vittjärv comes from the nearby lake Vittjärvsträsket. The word is a multilingual construction consisting of Tornedalian Finnish vitta (rice), Finnish järvi (lake) and Swedish träsk (lake). Just to the west of the village there used to be a rapids which disappeared due to the hydroelectric plant completed in 1975 and still in operation today. The history of hydropower in the village dates back to the mid-19th century, when the villagers built a frame saw and mill. A so-called rafter was also added for the production of shingles. When electricity production was considered in the early 1900s, Vittjärv was an interesting site, but the plans were not realized until the 1970s. The construction – the power station was the last in the development of the river – wiped out the rapids of the Lule River, but saved the Vindel River from regulation. The construction of the power plant in Vittjärv was an important workplace, employing 250 people during the construction phase.


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