Why You Should Visit Swedish Lapland This Winter

Most people would not think of setting foot in Scandinavia in the dead of winter, but this happens to be one of the best times of year to enjoy the best of Swedish Lapland. Despite the subzero freezing temperatures, locals thrive in this harsh climate and will tell you that to truly experience Lapland you need to time your visit during the cold winter months.

This is the time of year when activities like snowmobiling, reindeer sledging, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing abound. Not to mention that it happens to be a great time to view the elusive Northern Lights. Better yet, this winter in particular promises to be one of the best seasons in years to see the auroras, as the Solar Maximum will reach its peak.

When speaking of visiting Swedish Lapland in the wintertime, there is one set of accommodations that stands out above the rest; that would be the ICEHOTEL. As the name suggests, this structure is built from scratch every year using ice and snow as the buildings blocks. Inside you can choose from snow and ice rooms to snow art suites, which are designed with even greater detail.

Going to sleep in a structure made entirely of ice may not sound like the most appealing option for a good night’s sleep, but thrown on a few reindeer skins, a thick polar sleeping bag designed to withstand the cold, as well as your warmest winter layers and you are ready to get some shut eye. And if that still doesn’t convince you, there are chalets with heating available.

So what do you do once you’ve arrived in Swedish Lapland and checked yourself into this frozen hotel?

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy, but what draws people this far north are the Northern Lights. Here is just a small sampling of the different ways you can expect to view them during your visit to the ICEHOTEL with Discover the World.

Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour

Perhaps one of the best ways to experience the awe-inspiring event that is the Northern Lights is by taking a guided snowmobile tour at night. An experienced local guide who is familiar with this terrain will guide you through forests and frozen lakes under the cover of night. This option also comes with a traditional dinner of local specialties enjoyed in a forest hut.

Northern Lights Husky Safari

Another way to experience the Northern Lights is by opting to go on a Husky sledging adventure. Don your thickest layers and prepare for a thrilling outing as a team of huskies pulls your sled through the glittering snow. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and look up at the to watch the lights paint the skies.

Northern Lights on Horseback

If you’re up for an even longer outing, the Northern Lights Tour on Horseback is another way to experience this phenomenon. You will be taken to a farm where you will get better acquainted with the Icelandic horses before departing on an excursion through the frozen countryside. Not only will you be able to admire the winterscape as it is lit up the stars and Northern Lights overhead, but you may even be able to spot moose roaming freely.

So what are you waiting for? Pack those snowpants and winter jacket, and allow this remote region to leave you in awe.

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  1. My girlfriend is Finnish and all she ever talks about is how “Finland is better than Sweden.” I’m sure she’s going to be thrilled when I tell her that Swedish Lapland is near the top of my list now :p

  2. Great story so far! Thanks for sharing it. We are considering doing the same thing in the near future. In the meantime we are in the process of creating a travel blog and doing local travel bloging here in Ontario and sharing those stories. Thanks again. Best Regards, Wendy

  3. Thanks for that – easy, basic tips that I need to start thinking about. Dani’s the photographer and I’ve always been indifferent to really trying since she gets great shots. But I have just recently started using my iPod Touch on the daily and would like to develop my own style that actually takes into account composition and especially the three questions you mention!

  4. says: Pernilla

    I am so happy to read a blog post about Swedish Lapland. It is the place I’ve grown up in and no matter how many laps I go around the world it is always going to be home. The far north is cold, dark, and remote. But oh so beautiful. And being away from home for a long time makes me appreciate it so much more. Please come and experience a proper winter up north!

  5. says: Greg Prohl

    Brrrrrr!!!!! But I have to say it’s probably worth freezing your nads off if you get some great views of the Northern Lights. I’ve only seen them once and they are high on my list to view again.

  6. says: Razlan

    I always visit Europe only in the dead in winter to catch the winter chill and in the hope of snow. Alas I am always disappointed – either wrong country (I thought it snows in Morocco, silly me!) or wrong timing. This… this looks incredible. And all valid reasons why I always dream of a winter Europe.

    But I’ll pass on the ICEHOTEL. Too much for an Asian like me 😀

  7. says: Juliann

    I’m convinced. 😉 I’d actually thought tacking on a few days in Sweden or Denmark following my recent business trip to Brussels and visiting an ice hotel or at the very least, an ice bar. But I didn’t want to do it without my husband.

    After reading of all the adventures in Swedish Lapland, I think we’ll have to consider a winter trip there. It sounds fantastic. I pinned this so I’ll remember.