Swedish Lapland holidays
Ragnar TH Sigurdsson
With its wide open spaces, imposing mountains and free flowing rivers, Swedish Lapland – home of the iconic Icehotel and one of the world’s best places to see the Northern Lights, Abisko National Park – is an outdoor playground all year round.
A 15 minute drive from Kiruna Airport brings you to this tiny hamlet with not much more than a local shop, a couple of restaurants, a quaint old church and oh, the world-famous ICEHOTEL! In 1990, 200km above the Arctic Circle, a dream was realized and has been recreated here every year since. The work of art that is the ICEHOTEL has to be seen to be believed.
Abisko National Park
This beautiful national park marks the beginning of the Kungsleden, Sweden’s most famous skiing and hiking trail, and one of the country’s most striking mountain regions. Kungsleden is 440 km long stretching south to the southern part of Lapland. It is an area which offers remarkable geology, flora and fauna as well as plenty of winter activities.
In September the birch trees turn into a vibrant show of autumn colours, a beautiful mix of oranges, reds and golds. In October and November the autumn colours are replaced by a glistening frost covering the treetops, and perhaps the first snowfalls of the season.
The park is regarded as one of the best places in the world to observe the northern lights, due to its clear air and virtually cloud-free sky. A natural occurrence in the behaviour of the prevailing winds in the area means that cloud rarely forms, keeping the skies clear – the ideal conditions for viewing the aurora borealis. This anomaly in cloud formation makes Abisko one of the driest places in Sweden. The Abisko Mountain Station provides a convenient base for visits, while the Aurora Sky Station provides optimum vantage point from which to observe this natural phenomenon.
The northernmost town in Sweden is the gateway to a variety of holiday adventures. Now with direct flights from the UK in just 3 1/2 hours, you can land here and be whisked off to a pristine winter wonderland ready to enjoy the many delights on offer. In January, Kiruna is the location for the International Snow-Sculpting Championships where many talented ice artists craft impressive works of art in the park.
Kebnekaise dominates the horizon, at 2111m (almost 7000ft) it’s Sweden’s highest peak and the surrounding countryside is incredibly scenic. The town centre is fairly compact with a few shops, bars and restaurants and some remarkable architecture – the Kiruna Kyrka, a Sami inspired church, is certainly worth a photograph or two.
About 45 minutes north of Kiruna is the Esrange Space Centre.
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