Sweden is Scandinavia’s largest country and is subject to different climates. The country has beautiful nature, fascinating landscapes and adventurous wildernesses. In addition to the many lakes and large forests, Sweden also has cities with a lot of history and culture such as Stockholm and Gothenburg. Swedish Lapland, in the far northern part of Sweden, is mainly characterized by the cold, snowy mountains and beautiful nature.

We visited Swedish Lapland in November, and traveled to Lulea, Kiruna and Harads in 9 days.

Reisroute zweden
Abisko National Park
Zweeds Lapland
Zweeds Lapland
Zweeds Lapland

Day 1: Arrival

Our first vacation day consisted mainly of flying. Because we went to Swedish Lapland outside the high season, there were no direct flights available from Amsterdam. We flew the following route with Lufthansa; from Amsterdam to Frankfurt, from Frankfurt to Stockholm, and then from Stockholm to Lulea. All short flights, and thankfully short transfers. When we arrived at Lulea Airport (LLA) around eight in the evening, it was already dark outside.

We then picked up our rental car which was ready and left for our hotel, which is only a 10 minute drive away. This first day we did not do anything else than have dinner in a local cafe.

Hotel

During our first day in Swedish Lapland, we stayed in the Elite Stadhotellet Lulea. This is a four-star hotel right in the center of Lulea. When you step out of the hotel you are directly in the shopping street of the city. We stayed in a standard double room; a spacious room with a double bed and a view of the park in front of the door. The overnight stay included a good breakfast in a huge classic ballroom, which is really the eye-catcher of the hotel. An ideal hotel for a few days in Lulea!

Elite Stadshotellet Lulea
Elite Stadshotellet Lulea
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Flight

As mentioned before, we flew from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) – via Frankfurt and Stockholm – to Lulea Airport (LLA) with Lufthansa. The last flight was operated by SAS Scandinavian Airlines. We had booked business class seats for all flights so that we could keep even more distance from other people during this COVID-19 period. We really liked the flights with Lufthansa. The seats were spacious and there was always an empty seat next to both of us. We had a nice meal on both flights, even though the flights were very short. It is therefore highly recommended to also fly with Lufthansa on short flights! We are less enthusiastic about the flight with SAS. Unfortunately, this flight did not resemble business class; we sat close together and didn’t even get a drink.

Lufthansa
Lufthansa
Schiphol Airport
Schiphol Airport

Day 2 - 5: Kiruna

On our second day in Swedish Lapland we left for Kiruna. The route from Lulea to Kiruna is almost 350 kilometers long; a direct ride of more than four hours. In between, we made a number of stops at places we liked, mainly in very small villages but also in Gallivare. Because of this we have driven more than 6 hours on the beautiful route. On the route the landscape changed from green to completely covered in snow. We also encountered a herd of reindeer on the highway.

The next day we jumped in the car again for a beautiful route of about 300 kilometers. We drove from Kiruna to Riksgränsen. Riksgränsen is only a few kilometers from the Norwegian border. We drove through Abisko National Park, along beautiful mountains and the most beautiful lakes. It is not without reason that this is called one of the most beautiful routes in Sweden. In the evening we have visited the Aurora Spa; a winner of the World Luxury Spa Awards.

On our third day in Kiruna, we visited the city itself in the morning. Unfortunately, the iron mine was closed due to COVID-19. We found the Kiruna Church to be one of the most beautiful sights in this city. Then, we drove on to the one and only Icehotel of the world. It is located just 17 kilometers from Kiruna in Jukkasjärvi. One of the most special hotels we have ever been. This hotel is completely made of ice, including the beds, the bar and the glasses.

On our fourth day in Kiruna we had another unique experience planned; visiting Husky Dreams. A small farm in Krokvik, just outside Kiruna, with no fewer than 29 huskies. After an extensive explanation and meeting with the huskies, we left for a training with the huskies. We ended the day with a traditional fika together with Per and Jenni, the owners of Husky Dreams.

During our evenings in Kiruna we tried several times to spot the Northern Lights, unfortunately this did not work out. A few kilometers from Kiruna you will find the Abisko National Park; the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights. Unfortunately you still need a little luck to see it.

Hotel

During our visit to Kiruna, we stayed at Camp Ripan. A four-star hotel on the outskirts of Kiruna. In this hotel you stay in your own chalet with its own entrance. The hotel has its own restaurant serving local dishes and a good breakfast. Camp Ripan also has the Aurora Spa, which has been voted the Best Unique Experience Spa in Europe. We did not find the chalet in itself very special, but the location, the good restaurant and special spa make this a great choice!

What we also find very important is that the hotel is certified as an environmentally friendly hotel!

Camp Ripan Kiruna
Camp Ripan Kiruna
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Car rental

Because we were planning to travel many (long) distances in Swedish Lapland, we had already booked a rental car in advance. We picked up the car at Lulea Airport and returned it there. We have rented a Volvo V40 at Hertz, and are very satisfied with it. Unfortunately, the great distances, nature and infrastructure made it impractical to rent an electric car.

If you are planning to visit Swedish Lapland, we definitely recommend renting a car. That way you can best discover the surroundings and beautiful nature.

Zweeds Lapland
Zweeds Lapland
Icehotel
Icehotel
Zweeds Lapland
Aurora Spa Kiruna
Kiruna
Riksgr
Husky Zweeds Lapland
Huskies
Zweeds Lapland
Zweeds Lapland
Kiruna

Day 6 - 9: Lulea

On our sixth day in Swedish Lapland we drove back back to Lulea. Another route of about 350 kilometers, and again we encountered a herd of reindeer on the highway. In the evening we walked a bit through the center of Lulea and had a delicious dinner at the Savoy hotel.

The next day we got up early, because this was going to be a busy day. In the morning we visited all the tourist sites of Lulea. In the afternoon Nadia had an important (online) exam. We then left from Kiruna to Harads to spend a night at the Treehotel . This was a very special experience, which we wrote a separate blog about: Hotel review | Treehotel in Sweden

Day eight was our last full day in Swedish Lapland. We woke up in a beautiful treehouse among the forests of Harads. On the return trip to Kiruna, we stopped in Gammelstad. A beautiful church village which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and is certainly worth a visit.

The next day we flew back early from Lulea – via Stockholm and Frankfurt – to Amsterdam.

Hotel

The nights in Lulea we stayed again in the Elite Stadhotellet Lulea, as we have already described above.

We also stayed one night in the unique and very special Treehotel. A hotel with seven different treehouses in the woods of Harads. A highlight of our trip!

Treehotel Harads
Treehotel Harads
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Flight

On the return journey we also flew with Lufthansa, from Lulea (LLA) – via Stockholm and Frankfurt – to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). The first flight was operated again by SAS Scandinavian Airlines. The experiences were the same as the outbound flight. We have also compensated our CO2 at Lufthansa for both the outward and return journey. For this, Lufthansa works together with Compensaid, and they ensure that your entire CO2 emissions are offset. For our flights, 5.86 trees have been planted, which compensates 977 kg of CO2 emission. We believe it is very important to travel as sustainably as possible and to limit the impact on the climate.

In between our flights we visited the SAS Gold Lounge in Stockholm for a few hours. Here it was very quiet, spacious and clean. In addition, there was good food and a lot of choice in drinks, despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

Lufthansa
SAS Gold lounge
Gammelstad
Gammelstad
Zweeds Lapland

Costs for a 9-day round trip through Swedish Lapland

Below we have made an overview of the costs we have incurred for flights, car rental and hotels. Keep in mind that these prices may not be the same anymore at this moment. This overview is therefore mainly an indication of what a round trip through Swedish Lapland could cost. In addition, there are of course also costs for public transport, food / drinks and activities. See the current exchange rate of the Euro here

Cost item Total costs (for two people)
Flight Amsterdam - Lulea
€1.250
CO2 compensation
€20
Car rental
€325
Hotel in Lulea
€375
Hotel in Kiruna
€650
Hotel in Harads
€780
Total
€3.380
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