What started with a film featuring a small wooden hut in the forest has become a cool hotel. These days Treehotel in Harads is considered one of the world's foremost travel destinations. But Treehotel is more than just a design favourite among the treetops. It’s the childhood fantasy we’ve all dreamed of – just in a more luxurious package.
In the village of Jukkasjärvi, outside Kiruna, lies the original ICEHOTEL. Every year, since 1989, it has been reincarnated in a new rendition and there’s always more to come. From the beginning this was kind of a crazy idea in the winter, nowadays it’s as crazy all year round.
We were kindly allowed to read the guestbook from Logger's Lodge, filled with ecstatic reviews from world celebrities, ordinary people and people in love who have visited to forget about all the must-dos for a while and get utterly spoilt. We felt we had to go there ourselves to experience it.
Niehku means dream in Northern Sámi. In Riksgränsen, two friends have built a hotel. One of them used to run the piste machine and is now a mountain guide. The other one used to run moguls and has become Sweden's most famous sommelier. These days they run a hotel together. Living the dream.
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 halfway is probably where you’ll start craving the waffles.
”It isn’t easy to pinpoint the magic itself. Of course, it had to do with the surroundings: the blue mountains clad in tiny mountain birches, the crystal-clear water and the sea of flowers: alpine sow-thistle, angelica and the straight-backed monkshood. It was also related to the gentleness and quality that permeated everything, from buildings to the guided tours; and it was about the warm, lovely hosts and all the things we learnt along the way.” Read more
A HYMN TO HOME
Lennart Pittja runs the award-winning eco-lodge Sápmi Nature Camp in the Laponia world heritage in Swedish Lapland, on the grounds his Sámi reindeer herding community Unna Tjerusj has inhabited for generations.
Abisko National Park, in Swedish Lapland, offers some of the best conditions in the world for northern lights watching. The area's unique climate keeps the skies almost clear, and the light pollution is next to nothing.
Maybe it's the world's smallest restaurant? On some nine square meters, you'll find two tables, four chairs and one chef in the kitchen making great food out of local staples. And outside the Arctic Gourmet Cabin in Kaalasjärvi, the northern lights often calls for a pause in the dining.
THE WORLD'S FIRST ARCTIC GLAMP SITE
In the beginning, it was all about the northern lights at Aurora Safari Camp. These days it's more about regular back to nature experiences. To get away, get out, and enjoy everyday life up north.
To get to the atoll-like island Malören, fifteen nautical miles across the open sea from Kalix, it takes a boat trip of about an hour. Once you are there, the serenity that these nautical miles provide extends itself. The sea becomes a buffer zone of time and space. Because nothing can disturb you or reach you. You are at home, by the sea.
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.
Five kilometres beyond the end of the public road you’ll find the village Särkimukka in the Torne Valley. In the middle of the woods, on a frozen lake, this is home to four people and around two hundred dogs. People from all over the world come here to experience winter and an Arctic adventure. Most of them go home a friendship richer: a four-legged friendship.
Once upon a time, Haparanda was where the East met West, a hangout for spies, robbers and war profiteers. A lot of heart and soul has gotten into this historic hotel, and Haparanda Stadshotell is nothing short of a remarkable accommodation in the Arctic.
With art and a genuine countryside-feel as stepping stones, Gundhild Stensmyr has created a unique, yet holistic experience that holds both good food and great activities.
How to catch a Baltic salmon in Swedish Lapland? That’s the 100-dollar question for many salmon fly fishers. But there’s some good news. It’s getting easier. A lot easier. During the last years, salmon runs in the wild Swedish Baltic rivers have been heading in the right direction.
Experiencing the northern lights is on many people's bucket list. Travellers from around the world head north to experience the celestial phenomenon, hoping to snap a picture of it. Been there, done that. But then some live with the northern lights as a lifestyle. Meet photographer Mia Stålnacke, the one who stops the northern lights.
In Sweden, we love our coffee, and so-called boiled coffee (coarse ground and brought to the boil in a pan) is in many ways the national drink of Swedish Lapland. Preferably served with all the trimmings: coffee cheese, coffee meat, dried reindeer meat and reindeer tongue.