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Coast Lapland
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The massive expanse of Lapland, 1 of Europe’s last wildernesses, covers a quarter of the area of Sweden but has only 5 % of the population. It is both welcoming and uninviting, fell walkers who leave the marked routes do so at their own risk.

The best known route is Kungsleden, which also gives skilled mountaineers the chance to climb Sweden’s highest peak, Kebnekaise. Other preferred areas for walking are the national parks of Sarek and Padjelanta. In the west the mountains soar up towards the Norwegian border and the region suffers rapid changes in the weather.

Jämtland
, which borders southern Lapland, has plenty of good hiking, fast flowing rivers for fishermen and is well known for its skiing. Wildlife is plentiful in Härjedalen, with lynx, buzzard, reindeer, beaver, and Sweden’s only herd of musk ox.

The small northern village of Jukkasjärvi has received international reknown for its beautiful sculpted Ice Hotel, constructed from tonnes of snow and ice from the Torne River. It is rebuilt every winter after the summer thaw and attracts a number of tourists eager to experience the ice beds and to drink from the Absolut Icebar. For further information, check online.

Lapps celebrate their yearly church festivals in Gällivare. In Jokkmokk there are collections of Lapp culture and art, and a Lapp Staden, an old village of 70 cone shaped Lapp huts.

Arjeplog has an appealing Lapp museum, iron Age burial grounds and a medieval church are on the island of Frösö. There is also a cable car trip from Åre leads up to the summit of Åreskutan. Ski resorts consist of Åre and Storlien.