Industrial adventure to alpine resort Åre
After a short introduction to the industrial ecosystem of this region we visit the SCA Östrand pulp mill, just north of Sundsvall. With its annual production of 900 000 tonnes of bleached softwood kraft pulp, the wood consumption is just over 4 million m3, requiring sustainable and secure wood supply. The mill tour will present the mill operations, their market situation as well as sustainable development of competitive logistics solutions. In addition to managing their annual turnover of approx. 12 million m3, the SCA forest division manages 2,7 million ha of own forest in Sweden, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The next leg of the voyage goes to the interior of mid Sweden, where forestry shares the resource base with the first-nations Sami culture with historical rights for reindeer husbandry. Swedish Lapland is home to approximately 250 000 reindeer and their 4 500 owners, distributed over 50 Sami villages. Our hosts (Sami Federation, Sami village) will give an introduction to the development of reindeer husbandry in the region as well as the political and planning processes for co-existence with forestry and industrial interests. This day also brings us to the touristic centre of Åre, with alternative activities including the traditional Nordic sauna, as well as hiking, fishing or just relaxation in the midnight sun.