Skellefteå

Skellefteå is the southern entry into Swedish Lapland. Half the population inhabits the country side – next door to wild salmon rivers, hundreds of lakes, dense forests and miles and miles of coastline. The other half dwell in a modern city; a seamless transition from urban to rural defining the good life in the subarctic – stretching from fine dining to cooling winter swims.

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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.

Time to go hiking

Getting just the right amount of physical activity will do you good. This is common knowledge. It is also said that nature is a healer for both body and soul. Maybe more so than ever in late summer when the colours begin to change, from sharply green to fiery red and orange. The air becomes wonderfully crisp and fresh, filling your lungs and your mind with energy.

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?

Yoga on ice

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Winter bathing – a declaration of love for the cold and dark

Some people do it once in a lifetime. Some every week - on Sundays at lunch time. Some do it for health reasons; some because they want to show bravery and some just because they want to win. But the only real reason you need is your own, when you step through a hole in the ice, into 0,1°C cold water.

LEGO, that’s the life!

Some think LEGO is only for children. But that’s not quite true. Skellefteå is home to Sweden’s biggest collection of LEGO. Of course, children are welcome, but an adult perspective is at least as important.

Lantliv Lodge, a place to wind down

Edoardo Miola’s idea behind the Lantliv Lodge (Country Life Lodge) in Österjörn is that you should stay for a long time. At least long enough to wind down. Appreciate the moment. And, best of all, find inspiration. To create. Or to just be. There and then. That is his philosophy.

Extreme golden eagle photography

Many years ago, Conny photographed a young golden eagle from one of his hides. It was ringed and he managed to get a picture of the ring, telling him that the bird was native to Finland. "It was roughed up by local territorial eagles and as it hopped over the marsh, badly battered, I thought to myself that I had probably seen it for the last time..."

Experience dog sledding!

If it’s the first time you have ever met a pack of enthusiastic huskies, no wonder you would be a bit reserved. However, there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Join the British couple Sabina and Pete for their first encounter with some of Skellefteå’s shaggy residents...

A burning passion for lights

A candle consists only of a wick and some stearin. Its light however, can spread so much warmth, cosiness and comfort. At the candle factory, Lowima in Skellefteå, the foundations for many a cosy winter evening are crafted.

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.

Entering the dark and cold

This is the short documentary "The Pangea Ice Challenge – entering the dark and cold", telling the story of the subarctic lifestyle, the dark and cold and an unforgettable Winter Swim way up north. In Skellefteå and 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.

Three Wild Salmon Rivers

There are five rivers in Skellefteå, three of which are classified as wild salmon rivers. Such a concentration of salmon waters cannot be found anywhere else in Sweden - and the crown jewel is Byske River, without a doubt, however, you need to earn your Byske salmon.

Frozen sea

The ice age is always present along the coast of Swedish Lapland. From the constant land elevation to the barren, windswept frozen sea.

Crayfishing under a moonlit sky

As the bright summer nights slowly turn to dusk, we have by now entered August and fall is almost upon us. And that is a good thing. At least if you are about to go crayfishing in the Skellefteå River under a moonlit sky.

Beauty and the Beast

When it comes to sport fishing Skellefteå is known for two things - Salmon and Pike. Or the beauty and the beast, if you will.

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.

Kallholmen, brewed with stubbornness and pride

As in other parts of the world – the interest of local beer and microbrewery has intensified in Sweden the recent years. While visiting Swedish Lapland – don’t miss the opportunity to taste what might be Sweden’s finest local beer. A recognition earned the hard way…

On the trail of a wildlife photographer

Imagine what it would be like for a few days to leave all the stress and all the noise behind you, breathing in the forest scent and meeting its four-legged or winged residents face to face and assuming the role of a real nature photographer.

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.

Scouting for moose

This is kind of an introduction to what is usually referred to Europe’s last wilderness. Starting out softly with kokkaffe, cinnamon buns and a tour of a wilderness exhibition – and ending up in a hole in the ice in the middle of nowhere.

A photographer’s good life

Imagine that someone who has travelled all over the world chooses to settle down in Boliden, just outside Skellefteå, in Swedish Lapland. Why, you might wonder? Well, it’s because Boliden is the best place on earth. That is if you ask Neil and Julia Crighton.