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The Northern Lights

Swedish Lapland in the far northwest corner of Sweden is a vast area of Arctic plains, forests, mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers. It is remote, it is wild and it is adored by outdoors enthusiasts and adventure seekers for precisely those two reasons.

  • Northern light in Swedish Lapland

Northern light in Swedish Lapland

What are the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights blaze across the Arctic skies in Sweden when charged particles discharged by the sun reach earth’s atmosphere on solar winds and then collide with gaseous particles. The different gases produce different colours, usually pale light greens and pinks. 

Phew.

And because of Swedish Lapland’s proximity to the magnetic north it makes it a hot spot for the phenomenon. OK, enough with the explanation, go here to see some amazing footage of the Northern Lights and other sites and sounds of Swedish Lapland.

When and where

The Northern Lights appear around the beginning of September (Kiruna) to around the end of March all over Swedish Lapland. So if you are here for winter activities such as skiing, dog sledding, snowmobile tours etc there’s a fair chance you will see them. If you are lucky you might even see them in Kiruna and Luleå, the two last outposts of civilization up here.

But for the very best chance of seeing the Northern Lights you should make the trip to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park. It is not guaranteed that you will see them though, this is nature we are talking about and it is unpredictable.

A chairlift takes you up to the observation tower, as well as the station’s Northern Lights exhibition, café and souvenir shop. Do dress properly for your visit, and we don’t mean a tuxedo or cocktail dress. It is fearsome cold and you should attire accordingly.

Surrounded by mountains, Abisko is known for its clear skies, so there’s a good chance of seeing this fantastic heavenly show.

Happy Northern Lights hunting!

When?

Wintertime

Read more facts about The Northern Lights here

Dog sledding in Swedish Lapland

Skiing

The ski resorts of Sweden stretch from Riksgränsen in the Arctic Circle, in the far north, down the backbone of the Swedish mountains in the north-west, and then wind east into the county of Dalarna.

Lookout from Skierffe, Rapadalen in Swedish Lapland

Sweden’s national parks

Swedish forest, mountain and marine national parks and a whole lot of wild Swedish adventure.

Räitavagge, Kebnekaise, Swedish Lapland

Swedish mountains

The mountains of Sweden are Caledonian-type reaching 2,000 m high at the Arctic Circle and offer excitingly steep tracts for mountaineers.

Hiking in Sarek, Swedish Lapland

Hiking trails

Sweden has the Right of Public Access (Allemansrätten) enshrined in its constitution. It means you can go anywhere you want in the country as long as you leave the surroundings the way you found them – undisturbed.

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