Over the ages, the sea has provided a living for the people of Söderhamn. Nowadays, the sea and the archipelago, with their multitude of islands, bays and skerries, are primarily a place for recreation, swimming, boating and fishing.
Everywhere you go in Söderhamn, you will be struck by the proximity of nature. High mountains and great forests offer opportunities for hiking, berry picking and mushroom picking. All the large predators roam freely. For fishing enthusiasts there are watercourses of every kind.
The large number of old sawmill communities show that forest dominated industry in this area.
Central Söderhamn is a blend of the old and the new, with the downtown pedestrian zone as its natural hub. In the summertime the parks of central Söderhamn explode in a blaze of colour.