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Just after two o’clock on a perfect summer’s day at the end of June, you step off the Inland Railway in Sorsele. You have 24 hours to do something exciting in a place you’ve never visited. The only thing you you’ve done beforehand is book accommodation at Sorsele River Hotel. But what will you do?

Afternoon: The railway station houses the Inland Railway Museum and has information for visitors, plus a shop and a café. The café Hook and Cup also has SUP boards and fatbikes for rent. You have a latte macciato and a ‘Sorsele Sandwich’ – this one with wild-caught, salted Arctic charr and cloudberries – and formulate a plan. It’s warm and lovely. Perhaps you’ll start with some stand-up paddling on the national river, Vindelälven – the Vindel River. You rent a board and agree to bring it back before the place closes. Taking the board under your arm, you walk over to the river. You’re hoping the water won’t be too chilly. Before the afternoon is over, you’ll know the answer to this.

Dinner: You have time to return your rented board and exchange it for a fatbike before checking in to Sorsele River Hotel. You reserve dinner for 8 pm. With a glass in your hand, you sit down on the veranda and look out across the Vindel River. There are cows grazing along the bank on the other side and the summer evening is peaceful. Other accommodation options in the village are Pensionatet Holmen, Sorsele Camping and Hook and Cup.

Evening: Because it’s a beautiful evening and the village seems easy to navigate based on Google Maps, you leave your rented bike locked up and take an evening stroll. The first bridge brings you to the island part of the village known as Holmen. Continuing for some 500 metres takes you past the church and across the church bridge to the south side of the river. Along this road on Holmen, Strandvägen, you’ll find the village shops and services: supermarkets Konsum and Ica, the off-licence, and outdoor shops like Eldmark and Lidéns. There’s also a shop selling locally produced skin products from Ljung of Lapland. After the bridge and near the beautiful forest graveyard there is a system of trapping pits where you can see evidence of 6,000 years of human activity in the area, and the path that winds its way through the high pine trees is perfect for contemplation in the quiet night. You head back. Tomorrow is another day.

About Sorsele

Skiing, Sámi culture, hunting, fishing – ask a local what’s best with Sorsele, and their answers will be influenced by the immediate nearness to Vindel River and the mountains. The mountain area Vindelfjällen is home to one of the largest protected areas in Europe, and the southernmost part of the world-famous trail Kungsleden.

I Sorsele municipality you’ll find the villages Ammarnäs and Gargnäs. According to some people, the mountain village of Ammarnäs is where the road ends, alluding to Route 363 going along the river Vindelälven to the coast. But, depending on who you’re asking, it could also be where everything starts – such as the river, the road, or the adventure in the mountains.

Gargnäs is in the woodlands, about 50 kilometres from Sorsele. This is where you’ll find reminders of the log driving days of northern Sweden – from relics in the streams to cycle- and walking routes. The open farming landscapes, the streams and creeks, the forests and the lakes that are in this area makes for an array of activities. Canoeing, fly fishing or sports fishing, skiing along the river, dog sledding and riding to name a few.

Have a chat with the local tourist information for more insights, visitvindelalven.nu

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Early morning: You get up before there’s even breakfast to be had. You feel very awake this morning and the rented fatbike is calling for attention. But you leave it for the moment and don your trail-running shoes instead. Just behind the health centre, along route 363 and once you’ve passed a small bridge, you can jump across a ditch and start running along a marvellous forest path known as ‘Flåset’ locally, but you’ll find it under its official name Skibbikkeleden. The trail goes past the excursion point Benstampen at the Idbäcken Nature Reserve, among other things. If you’re up for it, the trail goes on for 10 km. But your stamina can only handle 7.5 km this morning, before returning to the hotel breakfast buffet.

Morning: Now it’s time to take the bike for a spin. You could opt for ‘Flåset’ again. If that’s your choice, what you do is continue to the old sawmill and head west on route 363, then take the gravel road to Skibbikudden. It’s an amazing sandy beach with space both for those who prefer to wear trunks, and those who prefer not to. Anyway, today you decide to bike the E45, northbound. Just after Norra Svergoträsk there is a path signposted as ‘Cykelsnöre’. This is how forest workers used to get to their workplace in the forest. Along bike paths, bike strings, or ‘famine strings’ as they were called. A long time before someone came up with the hype known as MTB on single tracks, they used to bike on fat tyres on this kind of forest tracks. This path heads into the old-growth forest reserve Skålliden.

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. Photo: Carl-Johan Utsi

Lunch: You get back for lunch and eat out on the veranda. It’s buffet-style and you help yourself to the classic Swedish fare. You’re thinking that if you had stayed for another 24 hours you would have had time to go to Ammarnäs and the mountains, or you could have learnt to master the SUP better, or perhaps spent a day on the fatbike going to the low mountain Nalovardo, or perhaps even tried to learn how to fly fish with Sorselefisket. They do say that right here is where the best fishing in Sweden is found.

Packing up: Before you return the fatbike and board the Inland Railway again you buy a couple of sandwiches from the Swiss bakery Princess. If you want a quality holiday, it’s important you don’t get hungry. At Hook and Cup you buy a caffe macchiato to go. Then your journey on the Inland Railway continues.

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Railway travel

Take the train! The call becomes all the more familiar. We choose train travel for many reasons; for the environment, of course, but also for the sake of the person within us. On the train we get the chance to sit for a while and do nothing more than admire the view falling away outside the window like a long row of beautiful new dominoes. As summer is here, it’s time for you to embark on your own journey in northern Sweden.

Gourmet hiking

Fried Arctic char and boiled potatoes, in all their simplicity. It has been a long time since I ate so well and such uncomplicated food. Yet, the delicious taste is also associated with a very simple truth: Hunger is the best spice.

A wellness saga

With lightly packed backpacks we head out for a hike to a cabin in the woods. To breath that fresh summer air, hang out with friends and create our own adventure spa by the lake.

In sauna veritas

Sauna, or bastu in Swedish, is something as natural to people in the north as the midnight sun and the northern lights. It used to be something of a prerequisite for life in the Arctic, and now it is a rich part of the culture itself. Sauna is the essence of life up here.


Our home, Swedish Lapland, has been formed by the Ice Age, the seasons and the reindeer. And we, too, have lived our lives in the shadow of the forces of nature.

When to see the northern lights in Swedish Lapland

Shimmery and magical. The dance of the northern lights is a spectacular sight that we frequently enjoy in Swedish Lapland. Viewing the Aurora Borealis is both a jaw-dropping and mystical experience. But when is the best time to see the northern lights in Swedish Lapland?

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 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.

Sápmi slow food

As far away as you can get from industrial foods, you'll find Sámi food traditions. Nothing goes to waste. Everything has its own unique flavour. Meet Ingrid Pilto, a Sámi food creator.

Photograph the northern lights

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

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.


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.

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.

The midnight sun

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.

Out of reception

Places still exist where there's no point asking for the password for the wifi. Places where you leave your mobile behind to spend some quality time with others – or perhaps with yourself. The Sámi eco-lodge Geunja and the camp in Tjuonajokk are two of Swedish Lapland's finest places.

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.

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 forest is yours

Is it really true that anyone can walk around the forests and beaches of Swedish Lapland? Pick berries and pitch a tent anywhere? Yup, that's exactly what it's like in the democratic forest.

Outdoor fika

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?

Running wild

Running is in human nature. Long before urbanisation, jogging and rubber-soled shoes made tarmac commonplace, we kept to the trails. These days, trail running is enjoying a renaissance. Running for the experience and running for those who prefer personal challenges to personal bests.

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.

An unbeatable

Small-scale, hosting and proximity to nature. Curiosity, knowledge and learning. During her visit to Geunja the Sámi Eco Lodge in the mountain landscape surrounding Ammarnäs, Maria lived in complete harmony with nature. Something happened there, and an inner journey commenced.

The King of all trails

The King's Trail runs through Sweden's most beautiful mountain scenery and provides more than 400 kilometres' worth of hiking adventure for the first-time hiker as well as the truly experienced mountain veteran. It is one of the world's most famous hiking trails, and the stage between Abisko and Nikkaluokta is the most-travelled trail in all of Sweden.

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 mindset of Geunja

Even with people there, the calmness of the place stands out. Geunja Sámi Eco Lodge stands there, carefully tucked in between the shores of a crystal clear lake and the foot of a high mountain.

The call of the wild

Dog sledding through vast expanses of white is in many ways synonymous with a winter adventure in Swedish Lapland. Håkan Stenlund took a tour in the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve. Following the footsteps of Jack London, in a way.

The hiking guide

Hiking can be an amazing experience, but it can also turn into a real challenge. Spending time in the mountains means you have to be able to rely on yourself, your knowledge and your choices. We've put together some good advice below to make sure you have an amazing – and safe – mountain experience.


Snow is something more than frozen water to the Sámi 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.

Trail running in Ammarnäs

Trail running is becoming more and more popular, and it turns out that the mountains around Ammarnäs are ideally suited for the purpose.

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.

Winter fat biking

There is something special about biking: the freedom and the access to trails as well as beautiful views. And there is something very special about biking on a fat bike. Have you ever tried a fat bike? Perhaps you have, but not in Swedish Lapland. Let me tell you about darkness and light.


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 vulgata rally

One of nature's most beautiful displays takes place during a couple of weeks every summer. A mayfly called Ephemera vulgata hatches, and every single fish in the lake go crazy when presented with such a feast. For us fly fishers this is simply the time when we cease to sleep.