Swedish Lapland

-Take a voyage through Europe's Alaska-

 


Ringed by the Arctic Circle and bordered by Norway, Finland and the Baltic Sea, Swedish Lapland extends across the top quarter of Sweden. Frequently referred to as "Europe's Alaska", the region is home to the Sami - the European Union's only indigenous people - who call Lapland Sápmi.

Sami communities have been living here for millennia, navigating the pristine landscapes with their migrating reindeer herds. Ever hospitable, today they offer visitors a warm welcome and an opportunity to learn about a very different way of life.

Adventure beyond the Arctic Circle

Fascinating indigenous culture. World-class river fishing. Close-up encounters with brown bear, moose and wolverine. Nights out under the Northern Lights. Log cabins, saunas and warming shots of aquavit. If this sounds like the holiday of a lifetime, you might want to consider the north of Sweden for your next vacation.

For lovers of the great outdoors, it’s hard to think of a more enticing European destination than Swedish Lapland. One of the continent’s last true wildernesses – frequently referred to as “Europe’s Alaska” – this unique region is characterized by great swathes of pine, spruce and fir, berrycarpeted tundra, whitewater rivers teeming with salmon, and rustic lakeside villages. 

In winter the entire frozen landscape is washed by the ethereal light of the aurora borealis, while iconic species such as Arctic fox, European beaver, Eurasian otter, wolverine and golden eagle take the opportunity to raise young in the summer months.

Sami communities have been living here for millennia, navigating the pristine landscapes with their migrating reindeer herds. Ever hospitable, today they offer visitors a warm welcome and an opportunity to learn about a very different way of life.

Swedish Lapland is a captivating destination regardless of the season. Here on the edge of northern Europe, going wild is always an unforgettable experience.

REWILDING EFFORTS


Rewilding Lapland is now working hard to boost fish migration, through activities such as spawning ground restoration and the removal of artificial obstacles.Rewilding Europe is working with Rewilding Lapland and local partners to support guided reindeer migration, raising awareness of these threats and supporting Sami communities in their fight for traditional grazing rights.

By collaborating with Sami communities to develop wildlife watching businesses and guided reindeer tourism, the Rewilding Lapland team and partners are working to grow a local nature-based economy and reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Read more about our work in Swedish Lapland here.