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WELCOME TO SWEDISH LAPLAND 

WELCOME TO SWEDISH LAPLAND 

 
Swedish Lapland is Sweden's Arctic destination, a location trademark for Sweden's northernmost municipalities and a destination that borders both Finland and Norway. 
 
A Sub-Arctic and Arctic climate has of course affected area and nature, but also people’s way of life. The midnight sun in summer, Northern Lights in winter. It’s got everything, from high mountains to the Bay of Bothnia, the mystery of the woodland and large bodies of water, including the four national rivers. 
 
Internationally, Lapland is used as a term for all of Northern Scandinavia, an old name for Sápmi – the traditional area of the Sami indigenous people – divided between Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia. The Sami have lived here for thousands of years, long before current national borders. This is still Sápmi to them, and within Swedish Lapland, we offer experiences that give a greater understanding of Sami culture. Swedish Lapland also contains world sensations and unique experiences. Both ICEHOTEL and Treehotel are iconic accommodation options. Midnight light in summer allows for a visit to the green, fishing, swimming, biking or walking in the middle of the night. In winter, Abisko is considered one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. 
 
Join us on a quest for adventure, serenity and outstanding beauty of this culturally-rich destination... 
 
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LAPLAND DESTINATIONS 

  Arjeplog 

 
Arjeplog is a wild, welcoming and wonderful place in western Swedish Lapland with mountain ranges, a border to Norway and the Arctic Circle cutting straight through the region. 
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Partnering up with the waters 

Arjeplog’s mountain archipelago is a place like no other. Historically, the system of waterways provided an important means of transportation for travellers and goods. The currents powered mills, forges, smelters, sawmills and provided cooling water when making brännvin, a hard liquor. Nowadays, the ice is used for extensive testing and leisure racing tracks for cars, while the summer landscape is a popular playground for many activities. 
 
Fishing is, of course, popular, but the waters also offer long kayak and canoe routes, partial goals on your hike or an inviting midnight sun swim after a relaxing bath in a wood-heated sauna. Some waters are so remote that a helicopter is the best option for reaching them. Other streams are accessible enough for prams, wheelchairs and other wheel-borne visitors. 
 
Regardless of whether you are out on the water or up on a hill or mountain top between two lakes, there is a good chance that you can see all the way to Norway. One thing is certain; you can spend a long time here without ever having to look out over the same water twice. Welcome to a truly wild and wonderful lifestyle! 
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  In mountains and over waters 

Sweden’s deepest lake, Lake Hornavan, is on display from the moment you arrive. The easily accessible footbridges, crossing the waters of the Arjeplog streams can be reached with a short walk. The spectacular view from the peak of the Galtispouda mountain can be reached by car in just a few minutes. If you go by helicopter out into the mountains, there are well-renowned facilities making sure that you are never far away from amenities, even while finding your way along roads less travelled. 
 
The water of the three rivers and nearly nine thousand lakes is clean and pure enough for you to drink, wherever in Arjeplog you might find yourself, and the light of the midnight sun makes the days last forever. 

 Cold climate, warm atmosphere 

Arjeplog has had human inhabitants for the last 10 000 years. From Stone Age trapping cultures to high-tech vehicle testing in the 21st century, Arjeplog’s residents have always been open to new technology, refining it and finding new ways to greet the future. The collections at the Silver Museum tell many stories about life in the olden days, allowing the people and the history to live on. 
 
In the winter, Arjeplog is the international centre for cold climate car testing, and this is evident all year round; the atmosphere is international and there is great hospitality. Arjeplog is characterised by a very particular kind of hospitality, a warmth between people. Regardless of whether you come here to fish for trout in a crystal clear mountain lake, to experience the Sámi culture, to walk new trails or to stay in a cottage surrounded by nature’s splendour, you will meet welcoming people and experience truly heartwarming hospitality. 

Things to do in Arjeplog 

Snowmobile tours 
Dogsledding 
Fishing & ice fishing 
Guided mountainbiking 
Car rallies on ice 
Snowmobile tour 
Rafting 

Best time to visit Arjeplog  

May to September 
 
Cold and pleasant temperatures and little rainfall. 
 

Arvidsjaur    

Arvidsjaur, a regional hub in Swedish Lapland, connecting the coast in the east with the mountains in west and the countryside with the city life. 
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From Arvidsjaur you can reach Arjeplog, Jokkmokk, Älvsbyn, Piteå, Skellefteå, Norsjö, Malå and the Sorsele municipality. Only 6 500 inhabitants live in Arvidsjaur and spread out on the whole region there are only 1,06 person/km2. Here you have several opportunities to find peace and calmness in the silence of nature. 
 
Arvidsjaur is predominantly known for its car test industry during the winter. The most popular winter activities are snowmobile safaris, driving on ice and ice fishing arctic char. Many of the trails start directly from Arvidsjaur centrum, both for cross-country skiing and snowmobile safaris
 
Due to the long experience of international visitors in Arvidsjaur, the locals will always give you good service and high-quality products. The combination of good infrastructure, good service and undiscovered nature makes Arvidsjaur an exciting place to visit for guests from all over the world. Some the highlights are the local kitchen, the large variety of accommodation and a long experience of hosting international guests. 
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Winter in Arvidsjaur 

Winter in Arvidsjaur is extraordinarily beautiful with white crispy snow sheets layering the city and landscapes, creating a calm and cosy feeling. There is a strong chance of seeing the Northern Lights is high during all seasons and some years you can see the Northern Lights almost every night.  
 
Locals normally head out to their favourite spots to enjoy the silent nature of the region, whether it’s on skis, snowshoes or snowmobile, to enjoy the sunshine and calmness together with some coffee and fried slices of reindeer meat by the fireplace. 
 
The latter part of the winter season is referred to as the fifth season of the year, when winter and summer overlap. The ice covering lakes and the snow sheets are still thick, the days are long, and the sun is always shining. 
 

A taste of Arvidsjaur 

In Arvidsjaur and Swedish Lapland, cooking is centred around local and organic flavours, originating from the local Sámi culture. Most of the delicacies are picked directly from nature, just around the corner from one's home. The lakes and rivers provide arctic char, salmon trout, whitefish and many more. The forest and mountains provide locals with wild birds such as ptarmigan and capercaillie. Don't forget about the king of the forest – the moose – who with it's wild flavours that challenge the taste buds. During the summer and autumn, the forest and mires are filled with berries and mushrooms. A typical dessert is vanilla ice cream with warm cloudberries, or heated bread cheese (a traditional cheese made from goat or reindeer) and a cup of coffee by the fireplace. Come and explore the wild organic pantry on a culinary trip through the region and essentially, time. 

Fishing in Arvidsjaur 

The name Arvidsjaur means “the generous lake” and originate from the Sámi language Árviesjávrrie where ”Árvies” means generous and ”jávrrie” means lake, reference to the abundance of fish in the region. 
 
For all of those with some fishing experience, you'll understand the challenges that different types of water can give from rivers, lakes and streams. Imagine the adventures waiting for you in the Arvidsjaur regions 4000 lakes, where several are still unexplored. Some of the streams are well known for world class fishing experiences. In Moskosel Lake, graylings are waiting to give you your next catch. Excellent fishing is an art and to find the best streams can be a delicate challenge. Luckily, there are many experienced local guides that will show you around and help you discover the stunning environment and good fishing waters of the region. Except for arctic char, grayling, whitefish and salmon there are also pike hiding in the reeds. Take the opportunity to visit Tjärnheden with its characteristic landscape formed by the ancient ice sheets creating a puzzle of lakes and mires where several lakes are still unexplored. In Arvidsjaur, you will find your next fishing paradise with all the diversity on offer. 

Best time to go 

Between December and April, the winter conditions for cross-country skiing and biathlon is ideal; the absolute high season is during spring when the snow is still several meters thick, the sky is mostly blue, the sun is shining and the days are warmer and longer. 
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BODEN   

When you visit Boden and the surrounding forest and river valleys, you'll be absolutely enchanted. 
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It is magical to both fall asleep and wake up so close to nature, in silence, with a beautiful view to rest your eyes upon. Start the morning with a refreshing bath in a small cosy lake. Make sure to try the sauna. It’s a refreshing feeling that strengthens the body and soul, even more so under the midnight sun or starry autumn night. During the winter season the Northern Lights dance above you gainst a jewelled sky.  
 
In terms of accommodation, Boden is the perfect spot for glamping along the Råne River Valley, cosy rooms and cottages at Sörbyn Lodge or a great accommodation experience with designed tree rooms at the Treehotel. When the lively, accessible summer or winter forest opens it's gates, nature and adventure go hand in hand, providing attractions in the form of tranquillity and challenges. There are plenty of engaging activities for young and old.  
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Woodlands & River Valleys 

In Swedish Lapland, you're are never far away from nature, the forest or the river – whicheverone you enjoy most. The forest is as important to Lapland as water; indispensible to all manner of life here. The tradition of using the forest has followed man since time immemorial. A trip along one of the stretching roads is lined with almost endless forests. If you are lucky, you may see wild animals such as reindeer or moose along the road as well. If not, moose farms or a reindeer pastures guarantee a close meeting with them.  
 
In the woodlands, several lakes and swamps, some of which originate from cold sources, are known to have incredibly clean water. There is much to discover in the forest, which consist of many different habitats of a different character. The river valleys and the rivers have been throughout history the roadways connecting the mountains to the sea. High up along their forested banks one finds lakes and streams and people living in the wilderness. Closer to the coast the forest opens up to farming land on the fertile river banks. The wild and undeveloped rivers all have their history and character, for example: 
 
Torne River – flowing slowly, forming the border with Finland. 
Pite River – with the impressive waterfall/rapid Storforsen, the largest in Europe. 
Råne River – great for fishing and fly-fishing, with good availability. 

Accessible 

Luleå Airport is located only forty kilometres from Boden. The airport acts as a domestic and international airport for ten of the fourteen municipalities in the north of Sweden and has approximately one million passengers a year. Luleå Airport is the fifth largest airport in Sweden in terms of passenger numbers. Seven scheduled airlines and nine charter companies operate at the airport. Travel to and from the airport is simple and convenient, whether you travel in your car, airport taxi or airport coach. Several car rental offices are located at the airport, including Avis, Mabi, Budget, Europcar and Hertz. Luleå Airport is the door to an attractive and exciting destination situated at the top of Bottenviken and is the gateway to Swedish Lapland. 

Best time to go 

The sun is up around the clock from June to the end of July and the Northern Lights appear from the end of September to the end of March
 

 Gällivare   

In the small Arctic town of Gällivare, nature is a part of everyday life. The forests, mountains and wild rivers are right around the corner and lets you experience the genuine Arctic lifestyle. 
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Imagine a winter wonderland with snow up to six months a year. Enjoy the snow-covered landscape from a horse carriage or let the huskies take you far out into the magnificent Laponia world heritage site. If the conditions are right, you might see the northern lights dance over the sky while marvelling at the complete silence that surrounds you. 
 
 
 

In the mountains of Laponia 

In the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laponia, you enter a completely different world. There are nine Sami communities and four national parks with pristine forests, wetlands, deep valleys, powerful mountain massifs and glaciers. Laponia is also the home and workplace of the Sami people and has been so for thousands of years. Still, there are very little traces of mankind in the area. In Laponia the experiences are unforgettable whether you are skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer. Nature here is accessible and suitable for both the experienced adventurer and beginners.  

A genuine culture experience 

The culture in Gällivare is completely unique. The people live in symbiosis with nature and nature experiences are part of everyday life. When you visit Gällivare you will learn more about the thousand-year history of the Sami and about the Arctic lifestyle. 

THE HEART OF LAPLAND   

The Heart of Lapland is a region beautifully unspoiled, offering everything from archipelagos to vast forests with healthy rivers and lakes. Experience epic winter activities with heart. 
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The Heart of Lapland is in the eastern part of Swedish Lapland. The sesonal contrasts are one of the things that makes the Heart of Lapland so special. Every season has its own charm and incredibly, experiences five to eight seasons. From the Northern Lights and a magical winter wonderland in winter, to the ever-shining midnight sun, the Heart of Lapland is all about vibrant colours and 1444 islands
 
 
 
 
 
 

Two New Years  

This is a place of rich culture and vibrant languages: Finnish, Meänkieli and Sami are all spoken alongside Swedish. You can explore an intruiging way of life in charming villages with friendly locals or in slow-scale accommodations near the last remaining wilderness on the planet. This is a place with a fascinating history and people eager to tell it. The Heart of Lapland is a blissful destination for body and mind. 
 
In the Heart of Lapland, we have one of the world’s most open borders between Sweden and Finland. Here you can celebrate New Year twice during the same New Year’s Eve
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  JOKKMOKK  

Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland couples majestic nature, brimming with culture and culinary experiences that reflectic this paradise. 
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Jokkmokk has been a natural cultural meeting place for hundreds of years, but it´ is also a place to experience the wonders of nature – the magnificent national park of Sarek with its high snow-covered peaks and many glaciers, the Badjelánnda with its large beautiful lakes, Stora Sjöfallet/Stuor Muorke with the marvellous mountain of Áhkká and the primaeval forests of Muddus/Muttos. And they are all part of the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laponia
 
The town is a centre for Sámi culture with unique knowledge about the natural resources of the region; game meat, reindeer, wild berries, herbs and indigenous fish. Besides companies specialised in the Sámi food culture, Jokkmokk also has producers such as the renowned company Jokkmokks korv, herb specialist Eva Gunnare, a small microbrewery to name just a few. 
 

Jokkmokk Winter Market 

Hosting one of the oldest annual markets in the world, Jokkmokk is a natural meeting place for Sámi people from all over Sápmi. It´s also the place where the Jokkmokk winter market has been celebrated annually for more than four hundred years, starting on the first Thursday in February. This warm celebration features cultural activities and amazing culinary experiences right in the coldest time of midwinter. The market attracts tens of thousands of international visitors and you won´t be able to find these genuine food experiences anywhere else in the world.  
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Exciting adventures 

Every year the city hosts the Red Bull Nordenskiöldsloppet. With its 220 kilometres long track the race takes the spot of the world´s longest classical ski race. Jokkmokk is also host to the Ice Ultra marathon – an extreme endurance race that takes places during the midwinter with stretches in the Laponia. Other experiences includejokk hiking, cross country skiing, dog-sledding, downhill skiing, canoeing, wildlife watching, mountain climbing and so much more. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ájtte and the Jokkmokk Alpine Garden 

Ájtte is the principal museum of Sámi culture. At the museum, you can see exhibitions about the sámi culture; about costume and silver, religion and mythology and how people have adapted to life in a land without roads. During summertime, the Jokkmokk Alpine Garden is an oasis on the shores of Lake Talvatis. Lightly trodden paths take youthrough various natural milieus hosting the flora of the region. A truly remarkable and unique place for everyone interested in mountain flora! 
 

Laponia UNESCO World Heritage Site 

Jokkmokk is the highest alpine municipality in Sweden; home of the high alpine national park of Sarek with many peaks above 2000 meters. Sarek national park is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Laponia which stretches through the municipality of Jokkmokk and Gällivare and includes the Badjelánnda, Stora Sjöfallet and Muddus national parks, as well as the nature reserve of Sjaunja and Stubbá. The Laponian area is a magnificent area of high mountains, primaeval forests, vast marshes and beautiful lakes. It contains areas of exceptional beauty such as the snow-covered high mountains of the Sarek national park and the river delta in the Rapa Valley. It´s also a home for the Sámi people and every summer, the reindeer herders move their reindeer towards the mountains through the landscape. The diverse culture and nature can be traced thousands of years back in time.  
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A place of contrasts 

The city of Jokkmokk is located a couple of kilometres north of the polar circle. From the beginning of June to the beginning of July, you could experience the midnight sun over snow-covered mountains of Laponia. In the midwinter, there are very good opportunities to experience the magical northern light on a crystal clear night sky with very little light pollution. 

 KIRUNA   

Kiruna is home to Sweden’s highest mountains, the world’s largest underground iron ore mine, the original ICEHOTEL and is considered the space capital of Europe. 
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Here, in the northern-most part of Swedish Lapland, the contrasts are as beautiful as they are numerous. Here you will find a variety of activities for all seasons. Winter months with blue, arctic light, and the Northern Lights dancing across the skies. Later in the season, there will be the midnight sun and the Arctic autumn is a visual spectacle of light and colour where nature’s pantry is rich. 

Eight seasons 

According to the local people, this area of Lapland has eight seasons. Winter, for example, is divided into three seasons; early winter, true winter and spring-winter. The climate and seasons are very important to the Sámi people for their reindeer herding, and as a guest, there are a wide variety of things to do year-round. 

A city on the move 

Kiruna is undergoing an exciting transformation. The entire town is about to relocate because of the mine and ore deposits. However, the warm hospitality and wild countryside surrounding the town will still be there to greet you, just as it has always done. Everyday is far from ordinary.  
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  Luleå   

Where the Luleå river meets the Bothnian sea you'll find the city of Luleå with Gammelstad Churchtown UNESCO site and full access to the archipelago just across the street from your hotel. 
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Luleå is the largest city in Swedish Lapland. Here you will find shopping, entertainment, nightlife and a wide array of White Guide listed restaurants, located close to the world’s largest brackish water archipelago with 1,312 islands, rivers and vast forestland. Experience seasonal contrasts – from snow, cold temperatures and a frozen sea in winter – to sunshine, warmth and midnight sunlight in summer. With Luleå’s coastal location and usually clear skies you can, under the right conditions, spot Northern Lights from September to March. In the city centre, Luleå has several high-class restaurants that serves local produce as well as great cafés.  
With only 10 min to the airport and a compact city centre surrounded by water, everything is close in Luleå. Luleå has plenty of accommodation for any budget, from cosy cabins, to five-star hotels.  
 
In winter, the frozen sea around Luleå becomes a giant playground for all type of winter activities as ice skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, tour skiing or even tours on a hovercraft. In summer, the river and sea give a fresh coastal breeze and many water-based activities such as boat tours, kayaking, canoeing or just hanging around on sandy beaches. 
 
 
 

 Piteå   

Piteå is a lovely, small town that attracts visitors from all over the world to Swedish Lapland. Located in the eastern part of the region, there is sea, forests and a festive atmosphere, particularly during summer.  
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The highlight of Piteå must be the vibrant town and water-based activities on the beach, rivers adventures, and cuisine. Here you can experience the mystical magic of the midnight sun as well as exciting events. You get to choose from a wide range of accommodation; camp out by the sea, stay at a luxurious hotel or book a cottage of your own in the archipelago. 

Activities for all seasons 

Piteå’s subarctic climate is affected by the Gulf Stream, creating warm summers and pronounced contrasts between the seasons. 
 
In summer, Piteå is a bustling tourist city, creating a carnival atmosphere brimming with hospitality and charm, alongside great tranquillity. Along the 300 kilometre coast, facing the world’s largest brackish-water archipelago, a summer adventure awaits. Let yourself be enticed by the long sandy beaches, the shimmering archipelago, and the scenic walking paths in the stillness of its forests. 
 
In winter, ski trails on the packed ice along the vast coastline are one of th emost exciting adventures to have here. Steaming breaths by the light of a campfires and snow creaking beneath your shoes makes winter here a delight. The Northern Lights are striking here too.  
It’s easy to get out to the surrounding islands, either on one of the open ice roads, or by hovercraft or snowmobile. Way out where the ice meets the sea, you can see the spectacular pack ice which at certain times of the year forms unique landscapes. Another way of discovering the power of nature is by joining a tour with an icebreaker that makes you experience the engine power as it breaks the thick ice. 
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A warm welcome 

A wide range of entertainment, activities, and events are offered with options for both adults and children. There is something special about the spirit of the region and it’s easy to feel welcome in Piteå because of the warmth of the easy-going and hospitable locals. The Luleå airport is only 45 minutes away, Skellefteå airport is 1 hour away, and the flight from and to Stockholm takes just an hour. 

The sea & archipelago 

The 550 islands of the Piteå archipelago each have their own exciting history. The varying characteristics of the islands offer an exciting range of plant life, inspiring stories, culturalstory-telling and remains from days of old. The Piteå archipelago is easily accessible by boat, kayak, tour boat or boat taxi
 
We recommend a visit to the glistening the lagoon at Stenskär, a beautiful place to explore on hot summer days with its long sandy beach, abundant bird life, labyrinths and a picturesque fishing camp. The centrally located island, Fingermanholmen is popular with tourists and locals alike, with its web of walking trails, excellent sandy beaches, bathing, barbecuing spots and saunas. 
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  Skellefteå 

Skellefteå is the southern entry into Swedish Lapland. Half the population inhabits the countryside – next door to wild rivers, hundreds of lakes, dense forests and miles and miles of coastline. 
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Also offering a modern city; a seamless transition from urban to rural defining the good life in the Arctic. The city offers most of the things you would expect in terms of good community services, good transport links and a thriving restaurant and cultural scene. 
 
Skellefteå covers an area of 7 217 km2 and is home to around 72 000 people. That translates into about 10 people/km2. Here you'll find vast spaces, and lots of them; perfect for an intimate and less crowded experience. There is 500 000 acres of forests, more than 1 500 lakes, five big rivers, an endless stream of cliffs, marshes and open spaces all combined into a dynamic and unique arena. 
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The archipelago 

The coast up north is pretty remarkable, where the inland ice grows year by year. The post-glacial land elevation is the academic name for it, and it means that the land strives to return to its original level – the so-called mechanical rest position – after being subjected to extreme pressure by the inland ice throughout thousands of years.  
 
Skellefteå holds the longest coastline in Sweden, stretching more than 300 kilometres along the Bothnian Bay. The archipelago hosts more than 200 islands. In summer, this is the ideal vacation spot for locals. The archipelago is accessible by boat taxi in summer. In winter the Bothnian bay freezes and create a harsh yet spectacular scenery. 

Quick facts 

Skellefteå is known as the City of Storytellers due to the vast amount of authors who has their roots in the arena with the likes of Sara Lidman, Torgny Lindgren, P O Enquist and Stieg Larsson.  
Skellefteå has a vibrant cluster of digital inventors, known for their skills and creativity worldwide.  
There are 7 hotels, 4 youth hostels and 17 campsites and holds more than 30 nature reserves and 3 wild salmon rivers. 
 
 
 

  Sorsele, Ammarnäs and Gargnäs   

A small and genuine area with mountains, a national river and friendly people – a place you'll want to come back to. 
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The municipality of Sorsele is a region almost as big as the island of Crete, and one of the least crowded municipalities in Sweden. It stretches from the mountains along the Norwegian border down to right in the middle of Lapland. In one end of the municipality, one finds the peninsula and village of Gargnäs, and in the other end, there’s the mountain village of Ammarnäs. The distance between Ammarnäs and Sorsele is 90 kilometres and between Sorsele and Gargnäs 48 kilometres. It takes almost two hours going from Ammarnäs to Gargnäs by car. 

Sorsele 

Sorsele is the regional centre and the largest village in the municipality. If you go for a walk here, you’ll be walking alongside the river Vindelälven. The village is partly situated on an island in the middle of the river, tracing its roots back to the 17th century where the church was built. Still today, the church tower can be spotted from far away when one closes in on Sorsele. Sorseles’ idyllic location by the river allows fishing as well as boat trips, and cattle roaming free on the riverbanks, visible from lunch tables at the hotel. There is some great shopping available here too. Discover Sorsele by foot, bicycle or a tour boat during the summer, or a kick sled, pair of skis or snowmobile during the winter. Ice fishing is a popular winter activity among the residents of Sorsele. Sit down with a cup of coffee at the bakery or at the Railroad Museum or visit the historial church.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ammarnäs 

According to some people, the mountain village of Ammarnäs is where the road ends, alluding to Route 363 going along the river Vindelälven to the coast. However, epending on who you ask, it could also be where everything starts. There are several sites in the village that are considered national historical treasures, such as the charming church town built for the Sami. The potato hill is the one place to grow potatoes in the mountains, still in use after a couple of hundred years. 
 
The Ammarnäs mountain village is small, but it has a big heart and everything you could ask for. The locals were either born there or moved there because of what it has to offer – world-class fishing, the Sami culture, spending most of the day outdoors and a low-key, sustainable lifestyle – or the out-of-the-ordinary generosity and friendliness of the villagers. 

Gargnäs 

Gargnäs is beautifully located on a narrow peninsula between Lake Hemsjön and the Gargån stream, about fifty kilometres from Sorsele. For a small village, it has a lot going for it – a store, lots of accommodation, a place that serves pizza, a restaurant, a mini-golf course, rentals and great fishing waters. But foremost it is the place where you’ll be treated as one of their own – Gargnäs is a joyous and generous place. This is where you’ll find reminders of the log driving days of Northern Sweden – from relics in the streams to cycling and walking routes. The open farming landscapes, the streams and creeks, the forests and the lakes that are in this area makes for an array of activities. Canoeing, fly fishing or sports fishing, skiing along the river, dog sledding and riding, to name a few. There are some renowned fishing waters that are teeming with grayling, salmon and brown trout. 
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  Älvsbyn  

Älvsbyn is known as the "The Pearl of Norrbotten". The landscape forms a well-sharpened pearl, bordered by the Pite River, embedded between high mountains among deep forests, as well as lush valleys. 
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Storforsen – a grand nature experience 

About 40 kilometres west of Älvsbyn lies Storforsen Nature Reserve, a unique area at the Pite River and one of the most popular points of interest in Sweden. Storforsen is known as Europe’s largest unregulated rapid, which is five kilometres long and falls 82 meters, creating a unique spectacle for both eyes and ears. You will get up really close to the swirling water masses along the kilometres of trails and lookout ramps, that are also are adapted for the disabled. 
 
The rapid is largest and most vivid in early summer, but Storforsen is open for visitors year round and a great experience even in winter when the rapids are all wrapped in white. 
 
Besides the great rapid, the whole environment around Storforsen is grand and magical. The river is surrounded by a wildwood forest with a diversity of plants and animal life. Small waterfalls, rippling streams and natural potholes made from friction from stones and water over thousands of years. In summer you can lie on the polished rocks and enjoy the view or take a refreshing dip in the canyons and giant potholes, accompanied by the sound of the mighty rapids in the background. Many bring food to prepare at one of the many fireplaces. 
 
One of the big attractions is “Döda fallet” (The Dead Fall), where the brave jump from a very steep cliff into a deep pothole. There is also a souvenir store in the area and during summer there is an open café. The rocks of the old dried out river channel are also used as an outdoor area for concerts and theatrical performances during summer. 
 
At the foot of the rapids, lies Storforsen Chapel, a unique church where the altarpiece is a window exposing the magnificent view of Storforsen. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hiking trails 

Älvsbyn has 17 nature reserves with beautiful hiking trails of different character that allows you to experience the magnificent nature up close. A nice excursion is Rackberget, where there is a rest hut and barbecue area. On the way up you can make a detour to Hundberget, which offers stunning views over the river valley. 
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Outdoor life & fishing 

Kanis is a recreational area and a winter sports centre for the whole family with the possibility of both downhill and cross-country skiing. In summer you can hike up to the top and enjoy the fantastic views. 
 
For anglers, there are numerous small and large lakes, streams and river rapids in and around Älvsbyn. Twenty kilometres northwest of Älvsbyn lies the river of Fällforsen, which has a drop of 11 meters and a salmon ladder where you may spot salmons migrating the stream upwards. 
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