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.Editor
People who have visited Riksgränsen during these last 20 years or so are familiar with "Strumpan" and "Jossi". 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.Håkan Stenlund
Weddings. They can be lavish, intimate, fun, boring, and all of the above. No wedding is alike, as no people are alike. Some like barefoot weddings on beaches, some prefer getting married in a church made of ice and snow - 200 km above the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland.Maria Sirviö
On a headland called Viedásnjárgga in Stora Sjöfallet National Park lies Naturum Laponia. It's a place that tells a story of mountains on the other side of the lake and how reindeer find their way here year after year. It tells part of the story why this place was awarded the title World Heritage.Emma Forsberg
The Rödberget Fort is part of Boden Fortress, one of the most elaborate fortifications in Swedish history. During the two World Wars and the Cold War, the fortress was known as the “Lock of the North” and was held top secret. Today, it is completely open to everyone and preserved just as it once was.Anna Bergström
A rainy day in Boden, or an overly warm one – not too uncommon during our subarctic summers – is perfect for a visit to Havremagasinet, which is one of Sweden’s largest art galleries, spanning 3,600 square metres over six floorsAnna Bergström
The road to Logger’s Lodge is lined with miles and miles of snow-covered forest. You can feel the elevation of the landscape, regardless of whether you travel by car through the forest or arrive from above, by helicopter. As traffic disappears, roads grow smaller and the forest grows larger, you will feel your pulse slowing down.Anna Bergström
Stiftsgården in Skellefteå opened its doors to the public almost five years ago. The spa facility is a reminder of vicar Brandell’s third wife, Miss Huss, who procured the city’s first bathtub. Aside from that, the story actually begins with the vicar, Johannes of Skellopt in 1374, a contemporary of Saint Bridget of Sweden and Dante’s Divine Comedy.Ted Logart
Walk in old growth forest illuminated by the midnight sun. Listen to the sound of the seabirds, the wind and the waves. Cut wood, feel the warmth from the stove and cook on an open fire. Have a sauna and a bath in brackish, clear water under the light blue evening sky. Stay overnight in a cottage and experience this vast, unique archipelago for real.Viktor Johansson
It’s mid-March and people are gathering on the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi. Behind us, the world-famed ICEHOTEL. But our eyes are fixated on the tractors hoisting up giant blocks of ice from the river. We’re looking at the next year’s hotel, yet to be carved out from the crystal clear ice. It’s harvest time.Maria Sirviö
Treehotel welcomes their first guests to the 7th and latest room among the tree tops. What begun with a viewing of a film about a small tree house, has now become one of the coolest hotels in the world.Håkan Stenlund
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.Ted Logart
The town transformation in Kiruna has received attention in Sweden as well as internationally – never before has such a large community been transformed. The reason is that mining has caused subsidence which affects the town, and parts of Kiruna have to be rebuilt elsewhere, on new ground.Johanna Ögren
What happens when a father and son decide to spend a couple of days on the islands of Swedish Lapland? Well, first you have to promise that there will be mobile phone coverage and then keep your fingers crossed that you’re right. Then you can safely assume there’ll be no trace of the kid during the entire trip.Håkan Stenlund
Brändön Lodge and Pine Bay Lodge are genuine, small-scale establishments by the sea in the Gulf of Bothnia. Cousins Göran Widén and Johan Björklund have run them for nearly 20 years. Together with their co-workers, who all live in villages around Brändön, they welcome clients and let them experience the Arctic lifestyle with ice as the main theme.
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 half-way is probably where you’ll start craving the waffles.Håkan Stenlund
Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland offers perhaps some of the best conditions in the world for Northern Lights. The surrounding mountains keep the skies almost clear and the light pollution is next to nothing. No wonder Lonely Planet dubbed Abisko the world’s most illuminating experience of 2015.Göran Wallin
It might just be the world's coolest hotel with individual tree houses offering comfortable stays to its guests. All located in the spectacular scenery of the forest of Swedish Lapland near the village of Harads. We take you behind the scenes as this location becomes the set for a high fashion photo-shoot for American Vouge!
Being outdoors is a natural part of the arctic lifestyle, and during winter – skiing is the way to go. Pro or beginner, Swedish Lapland offers it all. You just need to find your flavour among our resorts. Here is our top five for downhill skiing like a champ!Therese Sidevärn
Imagine spending your vacation in the tranquillity of a small village overlooking the free flowing Torne River. At Arthotel Tornedalen you get exactly that together with a large portion of unique culture and scenery that will make you come back for seconds.Therese Sidevärn
Picture this: A small, rural village above the Arctic Circle, all covered in snow, the sun hasn’t risen above the horizon for weeks, where every verge, driveway, doorway, parking lot, actually any available spot - is lit up by ice lanterns.Maria Sirviö
The resort Riksgränsen is situated on the border of Sweden and Norway — just as the name in Swedish suggests. This is the last outpost and when the blizzards reign, also where the road ends. Nevertheless, the train stop is less than one hundred metres from the hotel and the base station of the ski lifts.Therese Sidevärn
It takes no little amount of courage to commit to spending a night on ice. Some have already planned a spot on the mantelpiece for the diploma that says you survived a night in minus five before boarding the plane to Kiruna. Others are more hesitant about the idea to sleep in a hotel made of ice and snow.Editor
Treehotel opens up yet another room and starts serving locally produced gourmet food amongst the treetops. But still it's just like going back into mom’s house and enjoying a home-cooked meal after playing in a treehouse all day, this is the childhood fantasy that we all dream of.