For six months each year, Europe’s Arctic north is a true winter wonderland. The landscape, covered in a thick layer of snow and dotted with frosted pine trees, just begs for you to jump on a dogsled to explore the wilderness. At night, that landscape lights up in green as the northern lights dance above.
This guide beautifully illustrates what it’s like to travel through the northern reaches of Norway, Sweden, and Finland as well as providing all the crucial information you need to know to have the trip of a lifetime.
Be warned though—reading it will inspire you to jump on the next plane heading north!
Where Should I Go?
Explore the snow-covered Lofoten Islands in the pink of a January dawn. Hike to the peaks of the Lyngen Alps under the never-ending light of the midnight sun. Stand at the northernmost point of mainland Europe with only the Arctic sea in front of you.
Hike along the Kungsleden through the heart of the Swedish mountains to Kebnekaise. Dogsled into the frozen wilderness, stopping in a warm hut to eat reindeer stew. Go hovercrafting across the Gulf of Bothnia and through the Luleå archipelago.
Sit in a glass igloo and stare up at the aurora dancing across the sky, all from the comfort of 20ºC. Go hiking across the fells, filling your kuksa with blueberries and lingonberries on the way. Whitewater raft through the natural beauty of the country’s many national parks.
In summer, Europe’s Arctic north transforms into a vibrant green land of expansive forests, rushing rivers, and glassy lakes. The dogsleds and snowmobiles are traded for kayaks and mountain bikes as everyone heads outdoors to enjoy the warmth and never-ending sunlight.
This book, a followup to the Guide to Lapland and Northern Norway in Winter, will guide you through your own trip around the Arctic regions of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. From sharing what it’s really like to sit under the midnight sun (spoiler: it really does make you feel more energetic!) to hints on where you might spot a wild bear (safely!), it will provide you will all the crucial information you need to know to have the best trip possible.
You still have plenty of time to plan a trip for the summer of 2017, so kickstart your trip with this guide today!