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Abisko national park, Abisko, Lapland
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Destination

Swedish Lapland

Where can it be – 40 C in winter, and +30 C in summertime? Where is Europe’s last remaining wilderness area and home to Europe’s only indigenous people, the Sami? Swedish Lapland is the land of eight seasons, the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun.
The Northern Lights and midnight sun

The Aurora Sky Station in the Abisko National Park is purpose-built for viewing the greatest light show on Earth – the Northern Lights. And because of its practically permanent cloud-free skies there’s no better place to see them. In the height of summer, it’s non-stop daylight here. Ski all the way into summer at the exotically remote Riksgränsen. Here are a few cool places to see the Northern Lights

Abisko, Lapland
Abisko, Lapland
Abisko, Lapland
The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is a natural light display that is frequent during the winter months in northern Sweden.
Photo: Lola Akinmade Åkerström/imagebank.sweden.se
Hotels with a difference

Swedish Lapland is home to the world famous ICEHOTEL, where you can eat off ice plates, drink from ice glasses and sleep in -5 C in a hotel made of ice and snow. Or stay in the Treehotel which is – yes – a hotel in the trees near the city of Luleå. It is a collection of luxury tree houses including the UFO, a Room with a View and the Mirrorcube.

Jukkasjärvi
Jukkasjärvi
Jukkasjärvi
Ice is not the most practical construction material, but an art exhibition and hotel built entirely of natural ice and snow creates one of the most unique overnight experiences in the world. The world’s first ice hotel was completed in 1989 in Jukkasjärvi north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.
Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/imagebank.sweden.se
Arctic Circle cities

Arctic Circle cities Luleå and Kiruna are the last major outposts of civilisation, modernity and comfort just minutes from the wilderness.

Kiruna
Kiruna
Kiruna
Kiruna church in the centre of the northernmost town in Sweden. The entire town of Kiruna is in the process of moving, house by house, a little to the east. The ground under the town is about to become too unstable to support buildings due to the deep mining close by.
Photo: Hans-Olof Utsi/imagebank.sweden.se