HaparandaTornio

The sister cities Haparanda and Tornio on each side of Torne River, one in Sweden and one in Finland and in two different time zones are a historical trading site. It is still a place of trade and shopping, with the world’s northernmost IKEA and a shopping mall situated right on the border. The locals live with one foot in each country and most of them speak Swedish, Finnish and the minority language Meänkieli. Talk about borderless experiences!

Have a chat with the local tourist information for more insights. www.heartoflapland.com.

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Simple tips for shooting autumn colours

Many think autumn is the most beautiful time of year in Swedish Lapland. It's as if Earth itself grants a generous firework display of colour before the winter sleep settles over the Arctic landscape. And it's easy to capture the show with a camera on standby. These are five simple tips for capturing autumn in a photo.

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.

The Midnight sun, finally!

The Midnight Sun. The feeling of never having to face tomorrow, just keep having fun and enjoy the never-ending day, is absolutely wonderful. But. Those who depend on their beauty sleep will face certain challenges.

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.

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?

Between two worlds at Kukkolaforsen

Two villages with the same name on either side of the mighty Torne River. Kukkolaforsen is something very special and in many ways it proves that the Torne Valley is a world of its own, filled with tastes and experiences.

Our national parks – a natural place to visit

National parks are areas featuring a certain type of landscape, protected to preserve their natural condition. It's about creating opportunities to experience nature. Swedish Lapland has the most, the oldest and the largest national parks in Sweden.

How to dress for winter in Swedish Lapland

I'm travelling to Swedish Lapland this winter, how should I dress for the cold climate? Check out this guide for dressing for winter in Swedish Lapland.

Aurora Borealis: A Meeting of Gods

Galileo Galilei gave the northern lights their Latin name Aurora Borealis. A fitting description, to say the least.

13 ways of loving the midnight light

The season with the midnight light is around 100 days long. You play golf in the middle of the night, you take a swim when you feel like it and those who have never experienced the midnight light before wonder how they'll ever manage to sleep. But then you make your mind up not to worry about sleep and decide it's time for further adventures. Even more summer.

The unique species of the islands of Swedish Lapland

Around the islands of Swedish Lapland you can experience a vast and highly interesting mix of different type of environments. The shifting nature with a great vary of biotopes and the change in living species the further out you get, is an intriguing phenomenon. The land rise and brackish water has created unique conditions for both plants and animals that inhabit the waters.

Discover the labyrinths on the islands of Swedish Lapland

When you visit the islands of Swedish Lapland you might stumble upon stones laid out in a formation. Maybe it’s actually an old labyrinth that you’ve found? The phenomena is tens of thousands years old, and the pattern can be found in different places across Europe.

White Water Rafting in Swedish Lapland

In the springtime, the water level in the forestland rivers of Swedish Lapland is perfect for white water rafting. The mountain area rivers follow a few weeks later. Experience a wet and adrenaline-filled adventure that will make you laugh and scream.