It’s more than just snow that makes Swedish Lapland so magical in the wintertime.
In fact, all year long, they seem to boast one of the highest qualities of life in the world. And many natives will tell you that this boils down to a way of life that they’ve coined ‘fika’ – which sums up the act of bringing your focus back to an activity that helps you enjoy life, such as taking a break from work to walk, have a snack, light a lovely candle, or catch up with a friend.
In the winter, our bodies and minds require extra care to survive the harsh temperatures and indoor confinements, although the glistening views of a world in renewal make it worth it. And there’s no better place to get everything you need, and love every second of it, than the Swedish Lapland – where everyday life for the locals is like something out of a fairytale for the rest f us.
While you’re there, you can do any and all of these magically unforgettable and extraordinarily unique activities:
Go for a ride on a dog sled
In an Arctic-proof boilersuit, these majestic huskies will take you soaring through a winter wonderland to get an unbeatable tour of the Swedish Lapland landscape, and bring you back just in time for some hot coffee and cake before you head out.
The indigenous people of Swedish Lapland, called the Sami, have herded reindeer for centuries – maybe more. At their local cafes, you can relax by the fireside and feed the native plant lichens to the reindeer hanging about.
Learn about the Sami people and culture
It would be a shame to come to this area and not get to know the native Sami people, famous for their vibrant craftwork, cultural traditions, and integral role to the Swedish Lapland ecosystem. Many of them follow the migration route of the reindeers they heard throughout the year, heading into the remote forests to live when herding season begins at the start of winter. Their habitats are the best place to see and interact with reindeer, and many feature museums that teach about their culture.
See the Northern Lights
This is probably why you’re coming in the first place, so don’t worry – practically the whole region is full of tours designed to make sure you get a good glimpse.
Stay at an ICEHOTEL
This hotel has both warm and below-freezing cold rooms for you to choose from, but take note – the cold rooms are frequently renovated works of art that come equipped with materials for staying warm, so it’s definitely worth a try. During the cold and warmer months, the hotel offers snowmobile or boat tours to get a glimpse of the best sights along the Torne River.
Sleep in an Arctic treehouse
There is actually a treehouse hotel in the town of Harads, and you can actually stay in one. With many designs available, picking just one will be the only hard thing you’ll do here. High above the ground in the trees, the views of the landscape are incredible.
Take a hovercraft across the archipelago
Yep, these are real – and they take travelers across the Bothnian Bay. Though they require a certain temperature to operate, it’s really not to be missed if you’re there are the right time.
Get reheated and relaxed in a sauna
This experience doesn’t just end with a hot water dip. Saunas are a thoroughly therapeutic experience here, where the everyday Swedish Lapland routine involves homemade scrubs and oils that transform you into a brand new person. Some outdoor saunas even double as the perfect Northern Lights viewing spot.