Travelling to Swedish Lapland during the winter months not only offers fantastic opportunities to indulge in the many winter activities on offer but also provides a fascinating insight into Sami history and unique cultural experiences. You will encounter less people during the winter months and between October and March the Northern Lights can be observed from anywhere in northern Sweden given the right weather conditions.
The holiday was terrific, food and hospitality wonderful! Wildlife & Wilderness took all the pressure of organising trips which left us to enjoy them. Mr. G.U. - Wales
Had a really great time - everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to ensure we had a good time. Even the Northern Lights performed superbly!Ms. J. A. - London
To your requirements
The original ICEHOTEL - Once in a lifetime experience - Guided tour - Sleep on a bed of ice
Beautiful Vindelfjällens Nature Reserve - Genuine Swedish hospitality - Authentic dog sled experience - mush from lodge to lodge
Photographic guidance - Arctic wildlife - Aurora hunting - ICEHOTEL - Excellent cuisine
Genuine Swedish hospitality - Visit the ICEHOTEL - Moose safari on horseback - Aurora hunt by SkyArc - Sami culture
Relax in the Aurora Spa - Husky safari - Genuine Swedish hospitality - Inspired Swedish cuisine
6 unique treerooms - Bespoke, stylish interiors - Peaceful forest setting - Delicious home-cooked cuisine - Available year round
Christmas in Lapland - Meet Santa Claus - Winter snow fun - Genuine Swedish hospitality and delicious cuisine
New Year in Lapland - 4 Course New Year Supper - Guided tour of ICEHOTEL - Optional winter activities
With a high standard of living Swedish hotels and guesthouses tend to be of a high quality, often oozing the simplistic yet homely Scandi style that we have all grown to love. Although accommodations come in all shapes and sizes, to provide an authentic and personal experience we work with small, family owned and operated properties where good relationships with local activity providers have been established, ensuring you receive the very best from your stay.
Although the largest of the Scandinavian countries, Sweden, with its relatively small population boasts plenty of space. Space to explore the untouched wilderness, space to breathe the purest air, space to discover yourself. In fact 97% of the country is unpopulated. Filled with forests, lakes and open landscapes wildlife resides here in abundance. From moose, reindeer and various birds to the more elusive wolf, lynx, wolverine and even bears.
With a relaxed attitude to life the Swedes enjoy a healthy lifestyle. They do the 'right' thing which results in a friendly, welcoming and very clean country. Even the Swedish cuisine is a celebration of nature, from picked berries to cured salmon and pickled herring. Simple yet satisfying fare is the order of the day, often created using organic, locally grown or regional ingredients which are both tasty and healthy.
In summer it's time head outdoors, enjoy nature, go walking, fishing, sailing, berry picking and when the sun finally sets after the long endless days of the midnight sun, there are still plenty of outdoor pursuits to entertain you, especially in the north.
Nestled between Norway and Finland, Swedish Lapland is often overlooked in favour of its Nordic neighbours. However its appeal is growing and it's easy to see why. The original Ice Hotel, unique architecturally designed properties and outstanding northern lights opportunities are just a few of the reasons. Rich in history, the indigenous Sami people’s nomadic lifestyle is still very much alive in the north and traditional pastimes of dog sledding, reindeer sleighs and snowshoes remain part of their everyday life.
Also in the north, in the heart of the Kiruna Mountains, Abisko National Park is easily accessible and is a draw for many visitors year round. In the summer months hiking and camping are high on the wish list and this nature lover’s paradise is home to an array of wildlife including squirrel, marten, stoat, lemmings, reindeer and elk. Also making the odd guest appearance you may be lucky enough to encounter wolverine, arctic Fox and lynx. From August through to the end of March the northern lights are main reason for travel as Abisko is deemed to be one of the 'best places on earth' to witness the Aurora Borealis. This is due to its clear skies and virtually no light pollution which is probably the reason the world-famous Aurora Sky Station is located here!
TIME ZONE GMT +1 hour
To: Stockholm with connections to the north. Airlines: SAS plus some low cost carriers operate to and within Sweden. Flight time: approx. 2 hours
Usual childhood vaccines (measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus and polio) are recommended. You may also choose to have a hepatitis vaccination. You should consult your G.P. for up to date and precise details before travelling.
Sweden can be split into three regions to best describe the weather; central/southern, northeast and northwest.
With a temperate climate, mainly due to the Gulf Stream, summer temperatures are rarely extreme with highs of 22°C in the central/southern region and highs of 17-18°C in the northeast and northwest.
Winters however are a different matter. The central/southern region experiences a short period where temperatures drop to just below 0°C whilst the further north you travel the longer and more severe the winter. In the far north snow can lie on elevated areas year round with temperatures dropping to around -10°C. These cold temperatures are experienced as a dry cold, and are a far cry from the damp, wet cold we experience in the UK. Warm clothing suitable for these conditions is always provided by our Swedish partners although you should of course take some warm clothing of your own.
Due to its high latitude much of Sweden has very long hours of daylight in summer and very long nights during the winter months. North of the Arctic Circle there is a period each summer where the sun never sets, known as the 'Midnight Sun'. The opposite occurs in the winter with Polar Nights, where for a short period darkness prevails as the sun never quite manages to rise.