Maria Sirviö

Internet geek and mother of two. Loves food and photography. Living large in Kiruna, Swedish Lapland.

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Take a little piece of Swedish Lapland home with you

Are you en route to Swedish Lapland, wondering what souvenirs to shop for? We’ve listed some helpful tips for you. Here I am, again. Aimlessly browsing various items in a souvenir shop, hoping someth...

2017-05-01

Welcome, the forest is yours!

It is really true that anyone can walk around the forests and beaches of Swedish Lapland? Pick berries and pitch a tent anywhere? Yep, that’s exactly what it’s like in the democratic forest. Picking c...

2017-05-01

Outdoor fika for all

That Swedes have their fika (coffee and a snack), and that they drink lots of coffee, are well-known facts. But what’s the thing about having it outdoors? What’s the deal with boiled coffee? You might...

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Food

2017-05-01

It’s ice harvest time!

It’s mid-March and people are gathering on the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi. Behind us, the world-famed ICEHOTEL. But our eyes are fixated on the tractors hoisting up giant blocks of ice from the...

2017-03-12

A unique wedding for you, and you, and you, and you

Weddings. They can be lavish, intimate, fun, boring, and all of the above. No wedding is alike, as no people are alike. Some like barefoot weddings on beaches, some prefer getting married in a church ...

2017-02-14

The Chef’s Table at Icehotel

Are you a fan of cooking shows on TV? So is Maria, a food enthusiast from Swedish Lapland, who finally got a chance to participate behind the scenes. That’s what Chef’s Table at Icehotel is all about ...

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Food

2016-10-31

An autumn hike in Abisko

Autumn… It can be really boring… and dreary… and just… just wonderful! Autumn is so immediate; it makes its first appearance after a chilly night and then moves on at full speed. Its colours and clear...

2016-09-05

Pite Havsbad – the Riviera of the North

On the beach along the Gulf of Bothnia, roughly where the Pite River flows into the sea, you’ll find Pite Havsbad. Sweden’s largest camping and conference facility. A place also known as the Riviera o...

2016-05-09

An arctic journey within oneself

A group (kind) of ordinary people embarked on a 300 km journey over the Arctic tundra on dog sleds and we set out to meet them by the finish line. Just to find out – How was it? We are standing by the...

2016-04-12

Vuollerim – a small village with thousands of bright ideas

Picture this: A small, rural village above the Arctic Circle, all covered in snow, the sun hasn’t risen above the horizon for weeks, where every verge, driveway, doorway, parking lot, actually any ava...

2015-07-07

A backwood shindig in Jukkasjärvi

Most of you probably heard about ICEHOTEL – right? And the next question that might pop into your mind is: What happens to it during summer? Since it’s made of ice, it naturally melts away and once ag...

2015-07-07

The world’s first ever Sápmi Pride

There is a wind of change blowing through Sápmi, culminating in the first ever Sápmi Pride festival in Kiruna this weekend. Gathering hundreds of people in a colourful parade along the city streets, m...

2015-07-07

The red gold of Swedish Lapland

With the Nobel festivities yet again in focus, we’ll be taking a look at one of the returning key components on the Nobel menu; Kalixlöjrom. Vendace roe from the Islands of Swedish Lapland, an origin-...

2015-07-07

Build your own igloo, stay the night and live to tell the tale

Building an igloo and spending the night in it? For sure! All you need is the guiding hand of Cecilia Lundin, owner and guide at NatuLife in Jokkmokk, a couple of teammates and the proper tools. And l...

2015-07-07

Childish fun in Boden

In summer campsites and beaches in Boden fill up with sun-seeking holiday makers, young and old. What is it that attracts so many people from near and far? I’m browsing the summer brochure from Experi...

2014-05-09