A Place of Enchantment
Swedish Lapland is a truly enchanting place. From the mountain ranges in the west — stretching from Abisko south to the country’s tallest mountain, Kebnekaise, and beyond — to the rolling, forested hills in the east, this region will leave you constantly in awe.
(Note: Sweden does not have an official administrative region called “Lapland” like Finland, its neighbour to the east. It has a historical “province” called Lapland, but this region does not match with the area that calls itself Lapland today. The region described here informally covers Norrbotten county — Norrbottens län — the country’s northernmost county, as well as parts of Västerbotten to its south.)
A Place of Extremes
Lapland’s wide open spaces and seemingly endless wilderness completely transform between seasons, leaving return visitors wondering if they are even in the same place.
In winter, the region is blanketed in a never-ending swathe of snow, turning rivers, lakes and forests into giant playgrounds for dogsledders, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers alike. Some of those rivers and lakes even provide the building blocks for full hotels made completely of ice and snow.