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Elin Johansson

Experience producer with a fascination of gnomes and trolls, 39 years old

These days most travellers seem to have a bucket list, but if you´re visiting Swedish Lapland I would recommend writing a “basket list” as well – of things to pick in the wild! Our Freedom to Roam gives everyone the right to harvest wild edibles, and there is something very special about gathering food and medicine with your own two hands. Cloudberries are maybe the most iconic thing to pick around here, but if you don´t manage to arrive during the short time that “the gold of the woods” lights up our marshes there is always something else in season. One of my personal favourites is the juniper: if everything else fails me, I will seek comfort in the nearest juniper bush. Juniper berries can be picked year-round and half an hour of picking will give you a year´s supply of the spice little darlings. Even if you are travelling they are easy to bring along, just put them in a paper bag and put them out to dry once you arrive at home. The long sunlit nights supposedly make plants here in Sweidhs Lapland tastier and healthier than others, something I really can tell from my self-picked juniper berries… or maybe ´m biased? Better write a basket list and come check it out yourself!

What others love about Swedish Lapland
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    Aurora Sky Station, the world’s best place to see the northern lights

    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.

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    Jokkmokk Winter Market with a taste of history and culture

    Since 1605, for over 400 years, Jokkmokk’s wonderful Winter Market has been held annually beginning on the first Thursday in February. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the world, the market remains the foremost meeting place for Sámi peoples across the entire Sápmi region.

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    Explore the frozen sea

    It was with some trepidation that I joined my first snowmobile tour into what looked like a frozen alien landscape. A place where no sensible person should tread. Sounds dangerous? Let me explain, I am a sailor. Happiest with a full main and perfectly trimmed genoa and standing on a heaving timber deck. Preferably somewhere tropical.

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    The king of all hiking trails

    King’s Trail or Kungsleden, is Sweden’s longest and most famous trail and mostly frequented during summer. But it’s an equally exciting adventure by skis during winter. Göran Wallin, keen outdoor enthusiasts, gives us the insides to this great trail through the mountains of Swedish Lapland.

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    ICEHOTEL, the frozen icon

    ICEHOTEL has been reincarnated in a new rendition every winter for the last 27 seasons and there’s more to come. First, let’s take a walk down memory lane to find out how this frozen art project came about.

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