Piteå

In the eastern parts of Swedish Lapland, you will find the glistening gem, Piteå. Piteå is a place of contrasts, the archipelago, sea, rivers, forests and an amazing countryside. Sweden’s highest water temperatures are often recorded at Pite Havsbad on the “Swedish Riviera” – hard to believe if you heard the ice crunching against the hull of an icebreaker a few months earlier.

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The food story

Eating well is part of every journey. Well, it could be the whole reason for the trip. This is the food story.

Architectural dreams

There is this one hotel room that looks like a bird's nest, and another resembles a UFO. Then there is the hotel where a ruin from an old train workshop runs straight through the kitchen, and the wine cellar is an old grease pit. There is also the hotel in the middle of town that cleans the air to the same extent an entire forest would. We travel between excellent accommodation options in Swedish Lapland.

The midnight light

If it's your first time visiting Swedish Lapland during the summer, you'll notice that it never gets dark. You have entered the world of the midnight sun, and if you're not used to it, it's an extraordinary experience. But beware, it might affect your sleep quality.

The taste of
Swedish Lapland

When you visit Swedish Lapland, you will notice that our food culture is closely intertwined with our lifestyle. There is a strong tradition that testifies to how we have lived from what nature has generously provided us with for many millennia. Join us on a guided tour of our natural resources, taking the shortest possible route to the plate.

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.

The way we eat

When in Swedish Lapland, exploring the nature of the Arctic, chasing the northern lights or just soaking up the sun 24/7, make sure you don’t miss out on the food. Some of the food we eat might sound a bit strange, but we highly recommend you try and get a taste of Swedish Lapland.

The Arctic light

You might think that in the Arctic, we have darkness or daylight. In the winter, the sun never rises above the horizon, and in the summer, the sun never sets. But in fact, we have light all year round. Just different kinds of light. Some darker, some brighter, and some very colourful.

Breaking the ice

To go on a boat trip and take a swim while you’re at it is a pretty common activity around the world, in Swedish Lapland as well. But in Piteå, just a hundred kilometres south of the polar circle, the considerably less common twist is that the boat trip happens in minus 20 degrees Celsius with an icebreaker that weighs in at 400 metric tons.

The eight seasons

In Swedish Lapland, nature plays an intrinsic role in our life and work, and the people here are highly sensitive to the small details of the changing seasons. Therefore, it seems only natural that the Sámi people describe eight seasons instead of four.

Christmas

It is December and the landscape is covered in a white blanket; trees are heavy with snow and the roads are white. The dense mid-winter darkness creates a blue light during a few hours, and windows are lit up by advent stars and candlesticks. Christmas is here.

The not-so-big five

Scouting out the 'Big Five' on the African savannah is the big dream of many. They include leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and African buffalo and is a group of large, majestic and fairly dangerous animals. Here in the Arctic part of Sweden, we don't have animals the size of an elephant or with the speed of a leopard, but we have a fair few animals that are pretty cool in their own way. Below we have listed five animals that are both unique and fascinating, definitely worth putting on a list of must-see animals.

Midsummer in Swedish Lapland

When the sun never sets, and the kids are on summer holiday. When holidays are waiting around the corner and meadows explode with wood cranesbill. That's when long lines of cars queue up to get out of the cities. It's time to go find tranquillity with friends and family in summer houses and holidays homes, away from the hustle and bustle. It's time to celebrate the most important holiday of the summer. It's midsummer.

Beach life

Perhaps summer and swimming isn't what first springs to mind when you think of Swedish Lapland. But, in fact, there are plenty of cool beaches and places to go for a swim – thanks to the inland ice.

Photograph northern lights

So you've gone to Swedish Lapland, Sweden's northernmost destination, to experience the magical northern lights. Here are seven simple tips on how to get some good pictures of the beautiful light phenomenon to take back home.

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.

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 coffee boiled over an open fire?

Skating in the dark

Bob de Jong is an Olympic champion. He's also the oldest skater in modern times to win an Olympic medal. Last winter he went for a couple of runs up in Swedish Lapland.

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.

Hiking along the coast

Hike through dense forests, across vast fields, along old country roads and through the majestic river landscape. Experience local culture and take a break at one of the beautiful rest stops. The Solander trail allows you to experience the multifaceted natural and cultural landscape of the Swedish Lapland coast, up close.

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.

Labyrinths on the islands

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.

A family passion

As the warm and personable owners of Svedjekojan, Caisa and Ulf and their beautiful and enthusiastic sled dogs are your guides to fulfilling this snowy adventure that is on so many bucket lists.