8 Reasons To Spend A Winter In Sweden
#1 See the Northern Lights
If you're willing to brave the cold, crisp air, you may be rewarded by these light curtains of green, red and purple that dance across the sky from October to March and, depending on weather conditions, can be viewed from anywhere in northern Sweden.
#2 Ski in one of their 200 resorts
We thought we had mountains here in Canada. In Sweden alone there are over 200 ski resorts.
#3 Track (or hunt) native Swedish Reindeer, Elk and Moose in the Swedish Wilderness
Keep your eyes open for hoof prints and animal droppings while in search of various Arctic wildlife. There are several guides that will take you through Lapland’s wilderness, forests and tundra regions to find Sweden’s own ‘Big Six’: moose, wolverines, wolves, brown bears, lynxes and musk oxen.
#4 Sleep in igloos next to frozen waterfalls
If you're looking for an alternative to a regular hotel, Sweden offers tourists (or thrill-seeking locals) a chance to sleep in a natural igloo carved by frozen waters of Sweden's strongest waterfall, Tännforsen. On the edge of Lake Skabram you can also learn to build and sleep in your own igloo.
#5 Try snowshoeing through the wilderness
You can go snowshoeing along the Kebnekaise mountain range and foothills of Mount Kebne in Swedish Lapland, or along Kungsleden (‘King’s Trail’) located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle. There are several mountain cabins to stay in between the treks, which can be as long as 10 to 20 kilometres each.
For the more adventurous travellers, you can go hiking in the Sarek National Park where trails are more demanding and you’ll need to put your igloo-building and winter camping skills to the test.
#6 Experience Sami culture
With roughly 20,000 indigenous Sami living in Sweden, enjoy one-on-one cultural experiences by learning about one of the oldest cultures (at least 10,000 years) on Earth.
Spend a few days in the village of Jokkmokk during early February when the more than 400-year-old Jokkmokk market is in full swing; it involves everything from reindeer races and traditional fashion shows to sampling reindeer, moose and other dishes
#7 Drive your own dog sled
From daytrips to multi-day expeditions with Siberian Huskies. Dog sledding through the wilderness gets you closer to Sweden’s natural beauty and you may just spot wildlife as well as the elusive northern lights while on an expedition.
#8 Shop at traditional markets
Stockholm’s Old Town (Gamla stan) comes alive during winter with the sweet smell of warm glögg (mulled wine) and pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) wafting through the air, and rows of stalls filled with handicrafts, toys, Christmas decorations and seasonal food items like smoked meats, jams and sweets.