Most of the country consists of forests.
- Gävle is the county seat and largest city.
- Sandviken is an industrial town, known for steel and bandy.
- Järvsö, a ski resort
Gästrikland and Hälsingland are the gateway to Norrland, mostly covered by hilly forests.
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport is the nearest international airport. Gävleborg County itself has hardly any commercial air service at all.
- SJ trains go from Stockholm, and many lines call at the Arlanda airport. Service is fast, but might be delayed at winter.
The county is sparsely populated, and preferrably travelled by car. The E4 is the dominant highway, though smaller roads are more scenic.
- X-trafik local trains and buses.
- The Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland — a UNESCO World Heritage Listing consisting of seven traditional farms:
- 1 Kristoffers, Stene.
- 2 Gästgivars, Vallsta.
- 3 Pallars, Långhed.
- 4 Jon-Lars, Långhed.
- 5 Bortom Åa, Fågelsjö.
- 6 Bommars, Letsbo.
- 7 Erik Anders, Askesta.
With milder climate and higher population density than northern Norrland, but still with large tracts of nature, Gävleborg is great for outdoor life, with beaches, and deep forests. As the county gets plenty of snow every winter, downhill snowsport is possible at Järvsö and some other ski resorts. Watching sport is a pastime; ice hockey in Gävle, and bandy in Sandviken and Bollnäs.
Gävleborg is also famous for its folk culture, with similarities to neighbouring province Dalarna. Delsbostämman and Hälsingehambon are annual events.