Plan Your Trip to Swedish Lapland

A Place of Polar Night

The fact that the summer offers so much sun is very much offset in winter, when the majority of Lapland will experience polar night — the time where the sun never rises.

This doesn’t mean that everything stays pitch black all day, every day though. Instead, the whole region is bathed in a bluish twilight for a few hours in the middle of the day; it’s a magical time like nothing else you have ever experienced.

A Place Where The Northern Lights Dance

While polar night does not last for the entirety of winter (six months of darkness would be an awful long time!) another light phenomenon — the aurora borealis — does. Its pink, green, and gold colours light up Lapland’s skies between September and early April ever year, often leaving both locals and visitors alike in awe.

It’s an unforgettable experience, and since Lapland offers more stable weather than other popular winter destinations, it also offers a higher chance of having this experience on your trip.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning that trip of a lifetime to Swedish Lapland!

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What You Should Know

Currency: Swedish kronor (kr)
Time Zone: CET (Central European Time) – GMT+1.
Daylight Savings time from March-October – GMT+2
1 hour behind Finland
Drives on: Right
Latitudes: Roughly 64º 45’ to 68º 25′ N
Size: 98,000 km2 in Norrbotten, around 1/4 of Sweden
Population: 250,000
Around 2.5 people per km2 and only 2.6% of Sweden’s population
Sámi Population: Between 17,000-20,000
Reindeer Population: Between 200,000 and 300,000
Largest City: Luleå (~47,000 residents)
Northernmost Town: Kiruna (~18,100 residents)
“Capital of Sami culture”: Jokkmokk (~2,800 residents)
Borders: Norway (west & north), Finland (east)
Visas: Standard Schengen visa regulations apply. There are no border checks at the borders with Norway and Finland.
Seasons (names vary):

  • Polar night (Nov-Jan)
  • Midwinter (Jan-Feb)
  • Late Winter (Mar-Apr)
  • Spring (May)
  • Summer (June-July)
  • Harvest (August-Sept)
  • Autumn Colour (Sept-Oct)
  • First Snow/Early Winter (October-November)

Longest period of polar night (in Riksgränsen): 6 December – 7 January (32 days)
Shortest period of polar night (on the Arctic Circle): 1 day, 21 December
Longest period of midnight sun (in Riksgränsen): 24 May – 19 July (56 days)
Shortest period of midnight sun (in Jokkmokk): 1 day, 20 June