Hi guys!

This time I am going to write an article about Sweden. And since I'm from Sweden myself I thought that it would be a fun thing to write about!

I am going to write down some facts about my country that can be good to know about if you ever want to travel to Sweden. It's going to be about our landscapes, places that you should go visit and what activities you can do here.

I am also going to write down some of our traditions that we celebrate here. What they mean to us, and why we celebrate them.

Part 1 will be about our nature and landscapes.

Let's get started!

Northen lights

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What is northern lights? A significant portion of Sweden lies within a zone (called the ‘auroral oval’), where solar particles collide with gases in the earth’s atmosphere to create colourful ribbons of light known as the northern lights, or aurora borealis. Usually red, green, or purple in colour, they dance and unfold across the sky like curtains, lasting anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

Dark, cold and clear

In Sweden, the northern lights usually occur during the winter months through late March or early April, but they can be spotted as early as September in the northernmost parts. Your best chance of catching a glimpse of the northern lights is on cold winter nights when the sky is clear, dark with little to no moonlight, and cloudless. You need to be away from city lights, which dilute the effects of these natural phenomena, so head out into the countryside. On clear nights, the northern lights can be visible from most locations in Swedish Lapland, occurring between 6:00 and 14:00, with the strongest shows happening between 22:00 and 23:00.

For those willing to brave the cold on winter nights, here are some of the best locations in Swedish Lapland for viewing these phenomena.

1. Abisko national park
2. Jukkasjärvi
3. Porjus and Laponia


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Kebnekaise is Sweden's highest mountain. Kebnekaise mountain station is located in northern Sweden 85 km from Kiruna.


There are a lot of different activities to practice both summer and winter. Some examples are available down below ➷

Alpina courses

Available both summer and winter. They are all geared to learning to live in the alpine environment properly. Here you can learn how to climb mountains to camp, stay on glaciers and go skiing. There are several courses with different orientations, and to be able to join most people you must be 18 years old. You can take guided tours to Kebnekaises southern summit, florature, glacier ride and hiking tour. You can also do trips on your own in the area, both in valleys, and if you have knowledge, at the height of the massif.

Rapa River

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The Rapa River is a tributary of the Lesser Lule River in north Norrland, in Norrbotten County, Sweden. The river stretches 75 km from its source to the mouth of Lake Tjaktjajaure.

Due to the unspoiled nature and rough landscape the area sometimes is referred to as the “Alaska of Europe”. There is indeed an impressive wildlife to discover. The river also flows through the Rapa Valley, which is surrounded by high mountains and also provides some incredible views.

Abisko Nationalpark

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Abisko National Park is a 30 square mile park located in Sweden's Norrbotten County. The Sami people have inhabited the region for thousands of years. The Sami people followed the reindeer herds and eventually evolved to become reindeer herders and evidence of this can still be seen in the park with the pitfalls, huts, and hearths they used to use.


Visitors to Abisko National Park will find something to do all year round. Every season has something to offer.

There are several half day tours that visitors can take to see highlights in Abisko National Park including Karsa Waterfalls, Ridonjira Nature Path, and Nissonjakka's Suspension Bridge.

Full day tours in Abisko National Park allow visitors to see popular tourists spots such as the Paddus sacrificial site, Abiskojaure Lake, Karsavagge Valley, and Nissunjakka Canyon.

Short tours of half an hour or less in Abisko National Park include the 300 m walk to the Sami camp, or the short walk to Abiskoeatnu Canyon.

Visitors to Abisko National Park can enjoy dog sledding, Aurora Borealis tours (Northern Lights), and helicopter tours. In the winter Mount Njulla is popular with tourists as a downhill skiing destination. Winter sports are popular in the park including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing. Visitors to the park can camp, but there are several rules in place to protect the plants, animals, and ecology of Abisko National Park.

➸ Gotland

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Gotland is Sweden's largest island. It's located about 90 km (56 mi) east of the Swedish mainland and about 130 km (81 mi) from the Baltic states, Latvia being the nearest.

Sea stacks and austere landscapes

Maybe you have heard Gotland referred to somewhat facetiously as “a limestone Hawaii”. Long ago the island lay closer to the equator in tropical waters, and that is where the limestone bedrock on which Gotland rests was built up.

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Weather, wind and the Ice Age have endowed the island with a truly unique natural environment. In several places along the coastline, you can see and experience the vertical rock formations known as sea stacks. Allow your fantasy free rein and discover figures in the rock formations. “Hoburgsgubben”, the Hoburg gentleman, is the best-known sea stack between the Langhammar area on Fårö and Folhammar on East Gotland, which has the best assortment of the formations.

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Even smaller rocks can be impressive. Hike along the shingle field of the rocky coast and listen to how the round rocks rub against one another with the ebb and flow of the waves.

Green, serene places

Gotland’s mild maritime climate promotes lush vegetation that remains green from early spring to late fall. The limestone underlying the island helps to retain warmth well into the winter. As a result many trees and flowers that normally grow at more southerly latitudes thrive here.

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Gotland has more than 100 nature reserves. Some of the best known are Ullahau on Fårö, Brucebo just north of Visby and Ekstakusten to the south. All provide habitat for rare plants and animals. Some species do not exist anywhere else.

Random facts

From between end May and mid-July, the midnight sun lights up the night in northern Sweden lengthening your sightseeing days.

Sweden is a country with big differences in daylight. In the far north the sun does not set at all in June and there is darkness around the clock in January. However, in January in Stockholm the sun rises at 8:47am and sets at 2.55pm, while July the sun rises at 3:40am and sets 10.02pm.

Time difference

Sweden conforms to Central European Time, which is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Daylight savings time

Daylight saving time (put your clock 1 hour forward) is in effect from the last weekend in March to the last weekend in October.

I felt like adding some extra photos of our nature

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Thanks for reading! That's all for now. Stay tuned for part 2.

And don't forget to check out my other articles down below

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