Umeå is ideally placed for a jaunt to the Älgens hus elk farm in Bjurholm, a small village 65km west of the city. Driving around Sweden you may well have caught the briefest glimpse of the “King of the Forest”, Europe’s largest land animal, as tall as a horse but with antlers. The farm, though, provides an excellent opportunity to come face to face with these cumbersome-looking beasts and to learn all about their behaviour from the knowledgeable staff, who also make cheese from elk milk – a rare and inordinately expensive delicacy. Incidentally, elk love bananas, so you may wish to pack a few for your visit.

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