Kiruna

What is Kiruna? A small mining town located smack center of the Aurora oval. Home to Abisko National Park, Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise and the ski resorts Björkliden and Riksgränsen. Not to mention ICEHOTEL in the small village Jukkasjärvi. It’s also a town on the move (yes, they’re moving an entire town) towards a sustainable future for its inhabitants.

Have a chat with the local tourist information for more insights. www.kirunalapland.se

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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.

2016-06-23

13 sätt att ta tillvara på midnattsljuset

Du spelar golf mitt på natten, du går och badar när du känner för det och du som aldrig upplevt midnattsljuset tidigare undrar hur det är möjligt att sova. Men sedan struntar du i sömnen och bestämmer dig för att det är dags för ännu mera äventyr. Ännu mera sommar.

2016-06-23

Trail Running in Swedish Lapland

The most common way to experience King’s Trail (Kungsleden) is walking or skiing in a comfortable pace. But there are other ways – come along on an up-tempo journey through the scenic mountains of Swedish Lapland when Krissy, Luke and Fredrik takes on the challenge of spending a week running along this famous trail.

2016-06-07

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.

2016-05-27

Midnattssolen, äntligen!

Midnattssolen. Känslan av att aldrig behöva möta morgondagen utan förlora sig i det roliga som sker för stunden, är underbar. Men. Det tillkommer några utmaningar för den som är beroende av sin skönhetssömn.

2016-05-27

Kärkevagge, the secret stone valley

In Sámi it's called Geargevággi, which translates to Stone Valley in English. But in real life, it might as well be a fairytale.

2016-05-19

How walking the King’s Trail changed my life

When Agata Mieczko from Italy first heard about the King's Trail, she knew she had to walk it. It turned out be a life-changing experience.

2016-04-22

An arctic journey within oneself

A group of (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?

2016-04-12

It’s time for harvest! Ice harvest, that is.

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 river. We’re looking at the next year’s hotel, yet to be carved out from the crystal clear ice. It’s harvest time.

2016-03-15

Utan hiss till Sveriges tak – En skildring av Kebnekaise i vårskrud

Min relation till Kebnekaise etablerades långt innan jag fick möta henne i verkligheten. Jag är förvisso osäker på huruvida det är rätt att ge ett berg ett kön eller ej. Men ”den Kebnekaise” som jag först lärde känna var i alla fall en kvinna

2016-02-25

Upptäck labyrinterna i Bottenvikens skärgård

När du besöker Bottenvikens skärgård kan det hända att du hittar stenar utlagda i formation. Kanske är det en labyrint du hittat? Fenomenet är tiotusentals år gammalt, och mönstret återfinns på flera olika platser runt om i Europa.

2016-02-23

Säregna arter i Bottenvikens skärgård

I Bottenvikens skärgård blandas olika naturmiljöer; den mångskiftande naturen med varierande biotoper och de dramatiska skiftningarna ju längre ut i havsbandet du tar dig. Utformade att leva enlig landhöjningen och det bräckta vattnet.

2016-02-23

Aurora borealis – när gudar möts

Det vara Galileo Galilei som gav norrskenet sitt latinska namn Aurora Borealis. En minst sagt passande beskrivning.

2016-02-22

The taste of Swedish Lapland

När du besöker Swedish Lapland kommer du märka att vår matkultur är nära sammanflätad med vår livsstil. Det finns en stark tradition som vittnar om hur vi levt av det naturen givmilt försett oss med i många årtusenden. Följ med på en guidad tur över våra naturtillgångar som tar kortast möjliga väg till tallriken.

2016-02-19

The Fishing Luck of Mothers-in-Law

The Arctic climate calls for certain innovations to master the art of ice fishing. To close a door on the cold, be comfortable and catch a fish you sometimes need a whole house. But inside the house things are as they should: the smell of coffee on the stove, newly-baked cinnamon buns and today's latest gossip.

2016-02-10

Muohta

Snow is something more than frozen water to the Sami people. It's a way of expressing the foundation of their existence – the migration of the reindeer. To a skier snow is also more than snow. It's the way you experience life.

2016-02-02

Aurora Borealis: A Meeting of Gods

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

2016-01-14

Into the winter

When the rest of Sweden prepare for spring, Björkliden and Riksgränsen open for the winter season. Håkan Stenlund goes north, to the playground of the fanatics.

2016-01-14

Wintry Food Safari

The train from Kiruna, via Abisko, Björkliden, Låktatjåkko, to Riksgränsen isn't just a beautiful journey. If it's done right it can also be a culinary hit.

2016-01-13

Say hello to Strumpan, Sweden’s best sommelier

Patrik Strömsten, perhaps the best sommelier in Sweden, lives highest up and furthest away in Sweden. He loves skiing and life. Maybe that’s why he’s got such a keen nose for wine.

2016-01-12

Låktatjåkko, Sweden’s highest Mountain Station

One thousand, two hundred and twenty-eight metres above sea level is where you find Sweden’s highest mountain station: Låktatjåkko. It takes you a couple of hours to walk there from Björkliden and half-way is probably where you’ll start craving the waffles.

2015-10-30

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 again becomes a part of the Torne River. But there’s more to the story.

2015-07-07

Take your photography to the next level under the midnight sun

The sun literally doesn’t set, you simply get more hours of fun into your day. And if you’re into photography the light during hundred days without night will pose both new challenges and help you evolve.

2015-07-07

A guide to the mountain flora of Swedish Lapland

Are you curious of what kind of plants that grow in the harsh mountain climate? Ever wondered what that cute, white flower is called that you passed several times on your hike? Göran Wallin gives you a quick guide to the flora of the Swedish Lapland mountains.

2015-07-07

Abisko and Aurora Sky Station – world’s best place to experience the Northern Lights

Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland offers perhaps some of the best conditions in the world for Northern Lights. The surrounding mountains keep the skies almost clear and the light pollution is next to nothing. No wonder Lonely Planet dubbed Abisko the world’s most illuminating experience of 2015.

2015-07-07

The ride of your life – each and every run. Try heli-skiing in Swedish Lapland

So you’ve skied them all, you know your thrills and you think what else? Don’t take my word for it; heliskiing in Swedish Lapland need to be on your bucket list. Cold powder far into the season and even the option of trying it under the midnight sun. Here’s a taste of what you might expect.

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, manifesting the right to be Sámi and queer. But getting to this day has been a four year long walk.

2015-07-07

Hit the slopes – top five for skiing in Swedish Lapland!

Being outdoors is a natural part of the arctic lifestyle, and during winter – skiing is the way to go. Pro or beginner, Swedish Lapland offers it all. You just need to find your flavour among our resorts. Here is our top five for downhill skiing like a champ!

2015-07-07

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 made of ice and snow - 200 km above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland.

2015-07-07

Showdown on wheels

How to make the most of the autumn in Swedish Lapland as a biking nerd. Follow Olov and his friends on a epic downhill biking adventure in Björkliden and Abisko, where the scenery leaves them astounded.

2015-07-07

Stories told with names

Many towns, mountains, rivers in Swedish Lapland bear the names given to them by the Sámi people, usually describing their characteristics. When reading a map of Swedish Lapland, knowing the meaning of some Sámi words adds another, fascinating dimension to the landscape.

2015-07-07

The king of all mountain trails!

King's Trail or Kungsleden, is Sweden's longest and most famous trail, and mostly frequented during summer, but it's an equally exiting adventure by skis during winter. Göran Wallin, keen outdoor enthusiasts, gives us the insides to this great trail through the mountains of Swedish Lapland

2015-07-07

Meet Kevin. An Englishman with a taste for adventure

Olov, a true biking enthusiast packed his bike and went up the mountains, took a dip in the Atlantic ocean and rode along the sandy beaches on the islands of Swedish Lapland. And he brought a friend - Kevin. Let's play 'Have you met Kevin?'

2015-07-07

Safe hiking in the mountains

Hiking is multidimensional. It offers something for your mind, and your body. If you hike along the King’s Trail in northernmost Swedish Lapland, you’ll see some of the most beautiful things Sweden has to offer. But good people, remember to be safe. You are, after all, in the Arctic.

2015-07-07

A story about Kebnekaise in her spring colours

My relationship with Kebnekaise was established long before I saw her in real life. I'm a bit uncertain as to whether it's right to assign a gender to a mountain or not. But the Kebnekaise I first got to know was a woman, that’s for sure.

2015-07-07

The Northern Lights made Chad choose Abisko

A little over five years ago, photographer Chad Blakley and his wife moved to Abisko National Park to take on seasonal summer jobs, but quickly fell in love with the breath-taking landscape and warm people of Swedish Lapland.

2015-07-07

A night in -5 °C – how does it work?

It takes no little amount of courage to commit to spending a night on ice. Some have already planned a spot on the mantelpiece for the diploma that says you survived a night in minus five before boarding the plane to Kiruna. Others are more hesitant about the idea to sleep in a hotel made of ice and snow.

2015-07-07

ICEHOTEL, a frozen icon

ICEHOTEL has been reincarnated in a new rendition every winter for the last 26 seasons and there's more to come. First, let's take a walk down memory lane to find out how this frozen art project came about.

2015-07-07

Vast Contrasts in Riksgränsen

The resort Riksgränsen is situated on the border of Sweden and Norway — just as the name in Swedish suggests. This is the last outpost and when the blizzards reign, also where the road ends. Nevertheless, the train stop is less than one hundred metres from the hotel and the base station of the ski lifts.

2015-07-07

Particles in Magic Mambo

It is virtually impossible to correctly describe the sensation of the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis. The magnificence of the oscillating lights in varying shapes and forms dancing across the sky is best experienced first-hand.

2015-07-07

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.

2015-07-07