The northern lights is something on everyone’s’ bucket list and also something you never get tired of. Therefore we can’t promise you a good night’s sleep in the Aurora teepee, where you stay in a private glass hut by the edge of the forest. We can, however, promise you an amazing night, watching the twinkling stars and the magnificent northern lights from the comfort of your bed. www.explorethenorth.se
Stay at Haparanda Stadshotell and join the unique New Year’s celebration with the local people on the border between Finland and Sweden. After a 4-course New Year’s dinner, you walk to Victoria Square where the celebrations take place. Live music, show, entertainment, and fireworks twice — first at midnight Finnish time and one hour later at midnight Swedish time. The celebration continues with live music at the hotel. www.haparandastadshotell.se
Imagine a calm white frozen sea that never storms, covered by endless solid ice as far as the eye can see. Listen to the sound of crackling ice, when demolished ice blocks rise from the Icebreaker hull, dark water splashing out. The Icebreaker creates a “pool” free from ice where each visitor may have a swim in the icy water wearing a wet suit. Tour the boat all the way from the engine room to the Captain’s bridge, relax in the cosy saloon and go for a walk on the frozen sea. The captain will present the Cruise and Swim certificate to everyone as a memorable gift. www.gransresor.se
Swedish Lapland has always had strong traditions when it comes to craftsmanship. We will tell you the story behind creating a traditional Sami inspired cup, made from beautiful birch wood and reindeer antlers. Before the day is over you will have created your own unique cup that you can use on your future adventures. www.forestjewel.se
With 15 saunas in the area and home of the Swedish Sauna Academy, Kukkola is the best place for a sauna experience. The wood-fired sauna and the traditional smoke-sauna are both a must-try and ending your night in the outdoor hot tub under a starry sky is absolutely magical. The sauna activity is available year-round, but it is something special with the combination of the hot steam and the cold air. We dare you to roll in the snow in-between sauna sessions!
The Lovikka Mitten is a famous Swedish mitten originating from the village Lovikka in Heart of Lapland. It is a knitted wool mitten, designed and manufactured in accordance with the pattern established by its creator Erika Aittamaa in 1892, specially designed for the cold climate of Northern Sweden. The biggest mitten was accepted into the Guinness World Records in 2002 and is 3,5 metres high. It sits inside a huge glass container by the main road in the village of Lovikka where you still can buy mittens from a few ladies that knit them by hand.
The 16 slopes with a 252 metre altitude difference and varied degrees of difficulty on the mountain Pullinki is designed by Stig Strand, the Swedish former alpine skier, and is operated by professional snowboarders. Pullinki is 335 metre high and marks one of the locations for the Struve Geodetic Arc, a world heritage. It is situated 10 minutes north of the Arctic Circle and has a modern snowboard park, plenty of cross-country ski-tracks and rest stops with BBQ possibilites around the mountain. www.svansteinski.com
Stay like a modern-day Viking in a Viking Cottage decorated in a distinguished style with furs, horns and rustic wood — and a contemporary bathroom for comfort. Embrace the wilderness on a snowmobile, dog sled or cross-country skis. Enjoy a wood-fired sauna and the outdoor Jacuzzi, and dive into local delicacies like moose, reindeer, berries and mushrooms. Unwind by the cottage’s fireplace and share stories about today’s adventures with a hot beverage in your hand for extra warmth. www.laplandguesthouse.com
The Arctic Moose Farm is the world’s biggest moose farm. The team behind works to connect nature’s mystique with our modern society by gaining access to the King of the Forest — the moose, and everything is done with respect to the wild animal and nature. Here you learn more about the moose as an animal, how to treat the wildlife with respect and of course, you get to meet a moose. You can feed and pet them — and with some luck, you get a kiss! www.gransresor.se
Have you ever crossed the Arctic Circle? This is where you should do it — what a feeling! Take the bus or rent a car and drive 20 minutes north of Övertorneå to the little village Juoksengi where you find the spot for the abstract latitude marked with a huge sign and soft lights that lit up the international flags waving by the side of the road. Let your body carefully drop back into the poufy snow and wave your arms and legs to create a snow angel, right on the Arctic Circle!