Northern Sweden Northern Sweden

The return of the long awaited summer months in Northern Sweden transforms the snow-covered countryside into a landscape of lush, vibrant green. This is a region where nature dominates and provides a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

The town of Luleå , located on the Bothnian Coast, has a backdrop of lush river valleys, pine forests and an archipelago of 800 islands. The archipelago is renowned for its wealth of birds, wildlife and flora and is a delight for any nature lover. Many of the islands are uninhabited and accessible only by boat.

Surrounding Luleå are three nature reserves, each part of the EU's ecological network of protected areas. The Gammelstadviken Nature Reserve, located between Gammelstad and Luleå is home to a variety of bird life including the Hazel Grouse, Rustic Bunting, Ural Owl, Whooper Swan and a population of Little Gull. The wilderness area of the Bälingeberget Mountain Nature Reserve, located to the west of Gammelstad, affords a rich diversity of flora from a sparse pine forest with 400 year old pines to over 217 species of vascular plants. The Storforsen Nature Reserve, to the north of Luleå, includes a riverside forest with its rich flora and fauna. Each nature reserve is open to visitors and offers picnic areas, birdwatching towers (Gammelstadsviken) and walking trails.

Luleå Luleå

At 200km north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna and its environs is in the land of the ‘Midnight Sun’, a time of year when the sun never drops below the horizon. As many as 100 days of the magical light can be experienced from late May to mid July. The Panorama Café, 100km to the west of Kiruna, is a wonderful location from which to experience the natural phenomenon. Perched 500m above the Abisko National Park on the slope of Mount Nuoja, the station affords marvellous panoramic views towards the horizon over Lake Tornetrask and Lapporten and the endless mountain landscape.

Nature
The countryside surrounding Kiruna is spectacular with virgin wilderness, vast valleys and mountains (including Sweden’s tallest mountain, Kebnekaise at 2104m). Within a short drive visitors are able to explore this natural paradise.

For walking enthusiasts Northern Sweden has over 2000km of marked trails. A popular trail climbs 19km from the Sámi village of Nikkaluokta (70km west of Kiruna) to the Kebnekaise Mountain Lodge and restaurant (open 11Jun-19Sep), 14km if you take a boat excursion over Lake Ladjojaure.

Abisko National Park Abisko National Park

Kiruna
The mining centre of Kiruna is the seat of the Swedish Sámi Parliament and the capital of the second largest municipality in the world. Kiruna’s primary tourist attraction is the iron-ore mine which, during the summer months, offers guided tours which explain the fascinating origins of the city.

Between Kiruna and Abisko, Northern Sweden Between Kiruna and Abisko, Northern Sweden
Cristiana da Silva

By Cristiana da Silva

18th April 2018



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Cristiana da Silva
Cristiana da Silva

With its lush valleys, vine-clad hillsides, historical towns and a National Park, it is easy to understand what Cristiana is so passionate about northern Portugal, her ancestral home. Fluent in Portuguese and conversant in Spanish, she has been able to scratch under the surface of these countries on her travels and loves nothing more than sharing her findings with our guests. Recently Cristiana has returned from Swedish Lapland, a destination which was on her own bucket list and which did not fail to impress.

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