Northern Sweden is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. From the gentle forest and lake landscapes of the Gulf of Bothnia to the more rugged hills and mountains north of the Arctic Circle, there are year-round activities a-plenty to keep you occupied.
There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Luleå (pronounced locally as “Lule-oh”. Indeed, we weren’t aware of this small town until about four or five years ago but after numerous visits there we’ve fallen in love with the place.
Tourism here is in its infancy and you are assured of the warmest of welcomes when you arrive at Sorbyn Lodge. If you can drag yourself away from the excellent food they serve in the restaurant then a world of adventure awaits outside, especially during the snowy winter months.
From dog sledding to snowmobiling, hunting for the Northern Lights and even a trip aboard an ice-breaking vessel, there are countless unforgettable experiences to enjoy in this little-known part of Scandinavia.
If you head further north from Luleå, the terrain becomes increasingly elevated. This is impressive country and during the summer when the Midnight Sun brings 24 hours of daylight you can hike all day long (literally) enjoying the diverse Arctic flora.
Despite all those daylight hours and summer’s higher temperatures, the clever people at the world famous IceHotel® have figured out how to build a fridge so large that the hotel can stay open for 365 days of the year. It’s a remarkable thing on a summer’s day to step into a building constructed of just snow and ice.