18 Photos That Show the Winter Paradise of Swedish Lapland

The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights | © Jerry MagnuM Porsbjer/WikiCommons
Judi Lembke

Swedish Lapland is a place of magic, particularly in winter, when the sun briefly peeks above the horizon before slipping back out of site, leaving an eerie light reflecting off the snow. Reindeer, dog sleds, skiing, whole cities that have been moved, the indigenous Sami – it all adds up to a remote part of the world that is full of life. Here’s a taste to whet your appetite for Lapland in Sweden.

Off-piste skiing is extraordinary

Off-piste skiing

The sunrise is brief and colourful

Sunrise in Lapland

Ice sculpting is a true art form

Ice sculpture

Ferry across Lake Ladtjojaure

Lake Ladtjojaure

White reindeer camouflage themselves well

White reindeer

The aurora borealis remains enchanting

Aurora brealis

Sami children in traditional dress

Sami children

Belly up to the ice bar

Ice bar

Vast open spaces to explore on your snow mobile

Snowmobiling at sunset

Dog sledding across the tundra

Sled dogs in Abisko National Park

Sunset on the ice

Sunset on the ice

Building a unique ice hotel every year

Building the ice hotel

Transport by reindeer

Sami Lapland

The utterly unique Tree Hotel

Tree hotel

Riksgränsen buried in snow

Riksgränsen, Sweden

No football until spring

Playtime is over until spring

Feeding the reindeer


A solitary church at sunset

A church in Lappland at sunset
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