High above the Arctic Circle, Swedish Lapland is everything that you would expect from a “winter wonderland”. The snow is bountiful, weighing down the fir trees and carpeting the glistening frozen lakes that break up the otherwise dense forests. Over centuries the native Sami herdsmen have mastered techniques to travel through this land. Today, although used mainly for leisure, variations of these methods have spawned exciting winter sports such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to break trails into the wilderness.
Endless tracks through the Taiga forests are also some of the best conditions for sled dogs to really stretch their legs and pick up speed, however if its speed you are looking for then you can always swap traditional dog power for a more modern 800cc snowmobile. As well as offering all of these exciting sports, Swedish Lapland is also home to the world-renown Ice Hotel, which is possible to visit in all of our trips to Sweden.
Temperatures & daylight hours
Snow covers the ground in Sweden from as early as October and lasts until late April, with the snow conditions at its best from December until the end of March. Temperatures can vary from around -30°C in the colder months to a mild -3°C. In the height of winter the northern regions tend to see around 4-6 hours of daylight, which increases every month. It is at this time the night skies also become enriched with the brilliant displays from the Northern Lights.
Never having done snowshoeing before we were not sure how easy it would be but if you can walk you can snowshoe! It was a wonderful novel way of exploring the woodlands around the basecamp with plenty of time to chill in the sauna at the end of the afternoon.
As a complete beginner with no expectations leading up to it, I was left amazed by the stunning location and excellent tour leaders. The leaders managed the group superbly, considering the various ages, experience and ability levels. The accommodation was fun, though a bit tight for space with 4 grown men sharing a 4-sleepr room, I felt like I was at camp. The skiing itself was one of the best things I have ever experienced and can’t wait to try again. Very demanding at times physically, but I pushed myself more than what was expected. A special mention of the food, which was all included. The chefs really know what they’re doing!