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Helene Forsberg

Project manager and entrepreneur, 50 years old

The best thing about living in Swedish Lapland is the simple, calm life through our four seasons. I live with my family in the countryside in Piteå with the mountains and the forest as the nearest neighbor. A good morning summer time begins with the smell of new hay, birdsong and a cup of boiled coffee with cheese sandwich on the veranda. We have midnight sun so in the summertime it’s bright 24 hours a curtain can be needed for the bedroom window when you want to sleep in the evening. Autumn offers fresh wild-growing berries, fill a bucket, boil your own jam or eat the berry directly from the forest. Winter is our dark quiet and cold season but incredibly beautiful. If you live as we do, you often experience stars as well as the northern lights dancing with their green blue palettes in the sky. When the snow comes there is a lot to experience, kicking, skiing, cooking over open fire and for me who like horses, this is the perfect season to go horse-drawn sleigh. Spring is the season when everything blossoms, a new harvest year is started in a place I call my home.

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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Ráidu, an encounter with reindeer

Meet, greet and feed the reindeer herd that will regard and approach you with curiosity. Have a short reindeer sled drive around a circuit where you c...

Northern lights tour with snowshoes

Snow shoes have been used thousands of years in winter conditions and they really make life easier when the snow cover is thick. Instead of sinking to...

Midnight sun dinner at Aurora Sky Station

The Aurora Sky Station cannot be described with words, you simply must experience it. A mountain world panorama passes around and beneath you, as you ...

Camp Ripan, a Kiruna oasis

When you stay at Camp Ripan you live comfortably, eat well and are close to a wide range of activities year round. Enjoy our chalets with hotel standa...

Guovssahas northern lights photo tour

You will be taken by a Sámi guide with minibus into the dark polar night outside Kiruna to witness the heavens with the flickering northern light, or ...

Essense of Lapland

Meet Eva Gunnare, Essense of Lapland, culture guide, food connoisseur as well as specialist in local wild herbs and berries. On this tour we walk thro...

Kraja – a place to long for

Kraja is a Sámi word meaning – A place to long for. Here you will find a tavern with hotel rooms, cabins and camping. A restaurant with a stunning lak...

Midnight sun tour on Icelandic horse

You and your guide go by car to the horse farm in Puoltsa, a small village outside the city of Kiruna. You saddle the horses and ride out in the brigh...

Tour the Pitea River Valley

A journey with beautiful scenery, wildlife and small villages with many interesting cultural and scenic stops along the way....

Snowmobile forest tour

The favourite winter-past time of the locals, a snowmobile excursion through snow-covered forests. The tour goes to some beautiful places with great v...

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