Light plays a central role in this part of Sweden. The winter nights are lit up thanks to the northern lights that flow over the sky in different colours. If you are really quiet you can hear how they crackle. Join one of the northern lights tours that are arranged. In Swedish Lapland, the nights during the summer months never really get dark when the midnight sun squanders its light.
In Swedish Lapland you get many opportunities to take a sleigh ride with reindeer, an excellent chance to get to know the region’s wildlife. Allow yourself to be driven through a snowy landscape, an experience certainly beyond the ordinary. One company that arranges sleigh rides with reindeer is Nutti Sámi Siida: Transfer: 08:15 pick-up from Kiruna. 13:30 return to Kiruna.
Riding on a sled pulled by a number of lively dogs is a popular winter pastime and is available in several formats. It is a breathtaking journey through forests and over plains. Impressions from this dizzying ride don’t dissolve easily. Companies arranging dog sled: Wilderness Life Auktsjaur 16 SE-933 91 Arvidsjaur www.wildernesslife.se +46 761 35 98 91 Northern Nature Experience Kiruna www.kirunanature.com [email protected] +46 703 21 91 08
The fishing season is short and intense, summer nights are bright and during June and July the sun never drops below the horizon. There are five free flowing rivers, creeks, forest lakes, mountain lakes and the fish never sleeps. Bring the coffee pot, matches, and something to eat, so that you have enough energy to fish all through the night.
Hunting is a big part of the culture and traditions here in the north, and it has been ever since first inhabitants settled the area. This close to nature, the locals have had a unique opportunity to follow deer populations, recognize individuals and get a good understanding of game, thus securing sustainable hunting of a viable wildlife population.
Shed the stress, loosen tight muscles and untangle your thoughts while sitting in the hot log sauna by the Lainio River. Feel the steam roll through the room after water was poured on the hot stones. Take a dip in the snow or dive into the river to cool off. Let your mind wander, or just have a good time and a cold beer. There is also a hot tub on the terrace by the river, if you rather enjoy fresh air and warm water instead of the sauna. Lapland Incentive:
The open swampy terrain of Vasikkavuoma provides for a rich bird and plant life. There is a total of about 50 different species on the mire, which together form a "plant community". The area is approximately 250 acres and in its heyday there were about 350 barns - only 70 remain now.
The first stone blocks to the church foundation walls were broken in 1875 in Kenttärova. The same year F. R. Ekberg completed the drawings of the architect. The Royal Majesty, however, decided March 23, 1877 that the church and school house would be built on the same area: Nivankorvanmaa.
Palokorva blast-furnace is he best preserved blast-furnace ruin from this age. Back in the mid-seventeen hundreds, a structure of this sort was what caused the eventual accumulation of people around the area, which led to the lands becoming permanently settled by people.
Laestadiuspörtet became the residence of the Pajala's first pastor, the temperance campaigner, botanist and scientist Lars Levi Laestadius. Laestadiuspörtet used for many years after his death as a tenant house and was used during World War II as a military barracks.
The foundry at Kengis rapids is a monument to the bygone industrial epoch which began in the 1640's with the discovery of iron ore. The find was made, according to legend, by a squirrel hunter, who felt his arrow's iron-shod tip pulled against a stone (it was found to contain magnetic iron ore).
The hike is about 11 km. The trail passes through old forest lined with open fields where you can enjoy different experiences in nature, as well as witness local animal and plant life. The water is clear and clean so you can drink straight from the stream or from a spring.
Lapland is Europe’s last wilderness, a true paradise for fishermen. Lapland offers many opportunities for great fishing adventures, both with the fly and with lure. Do not miss the opportunity to fish during the "white nights" - an experience to only be had here.
The restaurant offers a cosy environment overlooking Tärendö River, with friendly staff and a family feeling that warms you up. With your feet in Tornedalens food traditions, the chef has created a modern dining experience with inspiration from around the world, with much local produce.
Featured in the White Guide 2016 and heralded as one of the top three in all of Swedish Lapland, the Icehotel Restaurant serves exquisitely crafted dishes from it's daily varied fixed five-course and á la carte menus. Cold dishes and sauces are served directly in ice trays.
Restaurang CG ranks amongst the finest in the Swedish Luleå. It serves local cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients, and focuses heavily on beef and game dishes. Seafood-lovers and plant-based eaters won't find themselves at a loss either. In the evenings, the venue transforms into a cocktail bar.
A one-of-a-kind fine dining establishment in Luleå, this restaurant cum bistro cum deli serves elegant local dishes and houses a deli counter, where cheeses, wines and meats are available for purchase (if you're feeling adventurous - try preparing reindeer stake back at your accommodation).
Once reindeer meat is ticked off the to-do list, Restaurang Chowkeeng is a great place to change it up and tuck into some Asian favourites in the heart of Luleå. Chinese, Indian and Korean dishes at reasonable prices await patrons daily, for lunch (buffet-style) and dinner.
Even if your choice of accommodation did not fall on Camp Ripan, spending an evening at its elegant restaurant is on the visitors' to Kiruna "to-do" list. Savor the local flavours of reindeer garnished with lingon berries along with a variety of other meals. Fixed lunch and dinner menus on offer.
A taste of Spain in Luleå, Tapas De Papá is a different dining experience for those looking to change it up. The concept is based on you picking several different tapas dishes from the coolers and grabbing small hot dishes carried around by the staff. This is a very social and enjoyable way to eat.
Located in a scenic venue by the water, Bistro Norrland is the perfect lunch spot in Luleå. It offers a fixed-price lunch menu special, which includes salad buffet, a choice of one out of three warm local dishes along with bread, and hot coffee or tea. Also on offer is a bistro menu with delightful dishes like duck breast, rack of lamb, steak, fish and seafood.
A cosy pit stop on a tour of Kiruna's old town, Café Safari serves generous portions of filled baguettes, as well as a number of hot and cold meals for those looking to have something slightly more substantial. Most known for its heavenly cake and deserts, and high-quality coffee.
The hotel has events like pub night, disco, live music and every Friday they have something called "Fredagsmys", a Swedish tradition which is roughly translated to cosy Fridays. Every Friday they have different team, so pop in to see what it is all about. On-site there is also a nightclub (only open a couple of times per month) where you can enjoy live music and disco vibes.
Landströms Kök & Bar is a pleasant, laid-back establishment that combines features of a restaurant and bar and is immensely popular with the locals. Try the Arctic Char, wild boar, or any other of the Swedish/Scandinavian meals served. The wine list is concise, but the selection - tasteful.
The O'Learys installment in Luleå is a very special one - it isn't just a bar but an entire entertainment center with a bowling alley, game hall, pool tables, large flat-screen TVs and even a small cinema. At night, guests are welcome to make use if the designated dance floor area.
A very special experience to have in Lapland is a midnight cruise in the Bothnian bay, when the blazing sun makes it hard to believe that it is, indeed, night time. Other evening cruises are available, including the popular "shrimp cruise" and the Wednesday night cruise to Brändöskär.
With a traditional USA-style diner atmosphere, Royal is more than just a place to have a meal, it's rather an evening entertainment center. On weekend nights, DJs spin hot tunes, and karaoke is sung by patrons (mostly young locals in their twenties and thirties). 30++ parties are often hosted as well.
Only 8 km away from downtown Luleå lies Storheden shopping area, a shopping paradise that is also home to the Leos Lekland children's entertainment center. Browse through dozens of stores and boutiques selling clothing, shoes, cosmetics, - plus restaurants, cafés and supermarkets.
Located in the World Heritage Gammelstad Church Town, the Shop in Lapland is a one-stop shopping spot to stock up on local arts, crafts and delicacies. Check out the exotic Sami bracelets and other jewelry that make for perfect gifts and souvenirs from your journey to the North.
If in Jokkmokk, do not miss the best place to marvel at (and possibly stock up on) traditional Sami handicrafts. Most of the items on sale are made of natural materials, including reindeer skins and horns. Hand-made textiles, clothing, and jewelry are among some of the things you may expect to find.
Luleå Airport is one of the main airports in Swedish Lapland, where both SAS and Norwegian flies from. The Luleå Airport is only seven kilometres from the city centre. From and to the Luleå Airport there is a bus service. You can buy your ticket with credit card on the bus but please note they do not accept cash. There are also prepaid travel tickets and 3-day tourist cards from Luleå Local Traffic (LLT) which you can buy at the Mat & Fika café at Luleå Airport and in the so called Quickomat, a ticket machine which you can find at the bus shelter outside the airport terminal. In the Quickomat you can also buy credit it to your bus card and check the balance. Timetable information: +46 771 99 00 00. There is also a taxi stand outside the terminal or you can Prebook Flygtaxi so that the taxi arrives at the same time as your flight. Contact +46 (0)8 120 920 00. At Luleå Airport, you can rent cars at Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Budget och Mabi. All car rental offices are situated right next to the arrivals hall.
Another main airport in Swedish Lapland is Kiruna Airport and both SAS and Norwegian flies here. The airport is located approximately 9 kilometres from Kiruna centre. From Kiruna Airport, buses run every day to Kiruna Central Station, Abisko, Björkliden, Riksgränsen and Narvik/Norway. The airport bus usually departs 30 minutes after arrival and adjust at any delay. You can buy your ticket from the bus driver onboard. Cash and most credit-card are accepted. (Notice: no ATM for cash withdrawal at Kiruna Airport.) Another way to travel to your destination is by taxi. You can book a taxi or just go outside the terminal. Flygtaxi, +46 (0)8 120 920 00, www.flygtaxi.se. At Kiruna Airport, they offer rental car companies like Avis, Europcar and Hertz.
You will find many bus companies throughout Lapland, both private and public which will bring you around in the different parts of the Swedish Lapland. You could even spend hours hopping from bus to bus in order to reach your destination. In Swedish Lapland you can check out the LTN buses in the Norrbotten part of Lapland. In the Västerbotten part you will find the bus company Länstrafiken buses. Pajala has an extensive network of bus lines to many attractions from the bus station Malmen.