In Swedish Lapland we keep honestly prepared food from local produce close to heart. That comes quite naturally since nature’s pureness and lots of great ingredients surround us. Welcome here and taste all the goodness of nature that has over centuries adapted to life in our subarctic environment.

It was the Sami that first started evolving our culinary art thousands of years ago, kettles over open fire with whatever was on offer from the surroundings. Reindeer, naturally. And elk of course. Game birds like grouse, fish like grayling, char, salmon and whitefish.

A traditional cup of boiled coffee.

During the spring, summer and autumn they had the finest company on the plate by berries and wild greens in the shape of herbs, roots and other eatable plants packed with vitamins and minerals.

Many of our current food traditions are sprung from the need to preserve and utilise ingredients all year round. Through drying, smoking, curing and preserving the supply of food was secured during all seasons.

Cloudberries complements both sweet and savoury dishes.

The flavours that you find on your plate today often carry a history from a time when supermarkets on the corner was a rare luxury. And in the parts of Sweden where the Sami community still makes a living from reindeer herding and spend long periods of time in the mountains, this knowledge and culinary craft is very much alive still today.

A lot of the raw ingredients from Swedish Lapland is extremely sought after by gourmet restaurants all over the world, and they often end up on the plats at the Nobel Banquet and other festive occasions.

Gáhkku, the Sámi flatbread is usually cooked over an open fire.

The Bay of Bothnia has the world’s largest brackish water archipelago, which means that if you accidentally swallow some water whilst bathing in the ocean it won’t taste salty at all. The inflows of sweet water from the rivers are fresh and filled with minerals, and provide unique qualities.

It is these conditions that provide the fish “vendace”, who rarely get bigger than 20 centimeters long, with its unique composition of nutrition that in turn results in the worlds most precious roe (if we may say so ourselves).

This characteristic roe from Kalix, Kalixlöjrom, has as the first food in Sweden been awarded with Protected Designation of Origin as a receipt of the clean and unique delicious flavour.

Kalix löjrom (vendace roe), just as good as any fancy caviar.

Creeks, rivers, lakes and oceans have always been vital lifeblood to the people of Swedish Lapland. With more than 30 000 lakes, over 300 kilometers of coastline and three of Sweden’s four national rivers, fishing has always played a major roll, for both breadwinning and recreation.

A considerably larger relative of the vendace migrates up Torne River to reproduce every year, and are greeted by fishermen equipped with long-shafted nets along the way. During July there is intense activity in Kukkolaforsen, among other places, where long jetties, “pator”, are built into the stream so that the fishermen can reach the nets into the riverbed where the fish stop to rest during their migration.

Whitefish grilled at Kukkolaforsen.

If you hike in the mountains in Swedish Lapland, a mug or “kåsa” should be part of your gear since you can have a drink of fresh water straight from creeks. With water that pure, it?is no wonder that char, grayling and trout thrive here.

Even in the winter many people go fishing on ice-covered streams and lakes, especially when the rays of spring sun are beaming intensely. During this period, fishing huts with a hole in the floor for ice-fishing is a common sight on frozen lakes. So the fish on your plate, is usually from a nearby lake or river – year-round.

Lingonberries are full of vitamins and antioxidants.

With fresh natural pasture the meat from our game is both lean and healthy. As far away from processed food as you can possibly get. Elk and bear live freely in Swedish Lapland, both in the woods and the archipelago.

For a lot of people, hunting season in the fall is close to sacred, and a lot of visitors also come to the region to join in on the white grouse hunt.

The reindeers are also grazing freely, but the difference to other game is that they all wear a mark on their ear showing which reindeer keeper it belongs to. In Swedish Lapland there are 32 Sami communities, all different co-operative societies, which have reindeer husbandry as their main source of income.

The Sami culture and traditional knowledge of nature and sustainability has evolved reindeer husbandry to a competitive industry in terms of environmentally sound and healthy food. Naturally produced food without unnecessary additives is what conscious consumers want most of all.

Suovas is Sámi for lightly smoked.

Agriculture may not be the first that comes to mind when you think of Sweden’s northernmost destination. But actually Swedish Lapland is practically self-sufficient when it comes to milk.

Torne River Valley is an area with remarkable conditions for cultivating vegetables and the landscape here rather resembles the southern parts of Sweden. The clean water in the rivers has created good conditions for agriculture in the six river valleys around Skellefteå River, Piteå River, Luleå River, Råneå River, Kalix River and Torne River.

The climate with cold winters also help create good condition for environmentally sound agriculture since there is not the same need for pesticides.

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