Brandspira

It grows in all our northernmost mountains, but it takes a trained eye to spot the fireweed. It requires calcareous soil, lacks chlorophyll and is completely parasitic, taking nutrients from the roots of other plants. Yet we love it so much.

Burträsk

When you pass an oversized cheese slicer along the E4 in Västerbotten’s coastal land, you know that you’ve ended up right. There is only one place on earth where the Västerbotten cheese can be made. Right here, in Burträsk.

Dorotea

”The air itself breathes serenity and calmness”, reads one of the lines in the Dorotea song. A spot on description of the village along the highway 45. Dorotea was named after queen Fredrika Dorotea Vilhelmina but we kind of prefer the Dorotea nickname: The south entrance to Lapland.

Eljest

To be a little different, of a certain kind, a bit special and not like the rest, peculiar but loveable, odd but pleasant, strange but in an appealing way. All of this is to be what we in the north of Sweden call eljest.

Fara

In Standard Swedish, the word ”fara” is used solely when someone makes an extended trip. You can, for example, ”fara” to Australia. In the north, however, you use ”fara” for any kind of trip, whether it’s to the mountains, to the office or your next-door neighbor.

Hornavan Småa

At 221 metres, Hornavan is Sweden's deepest lake. Hornavan is made for fishing with its widths, depths and bays. It is best known for its large Arctic char, one of Sweden's last natural stocks. Like Storavan, a frame in the same family, Hornavan has its outlet in the Skellefteå river.

Ids

People of the North generally do not care all the much whether the grammar is one hundred percent adequate or whether the one you’re in dialogue with is slightly offended. If you don’t feel like doing something, you let them now by bluntly saying so: ”jag ids int” (I cannot be bothered).

Jo

There is an affirmative expression – or perhaps more of a sound – that is completely unique for northern Sweden. And no, there is no proper way to spell it. Tutorial: form your lips as to prepare to whistle, inhale swiftly but carefully. There you have it. Use it generously.

Jukkasjärvi

Its sami-name, Cohkkiras, means meeting place. Funny, given that Jukkasjärvi initially was just the priset and the sexton. But today, this is indeed a place where people do meet from all over the world. At the Ice Hotel.

Nalta Småa

Nalta means little. In Vänsterbotten, there is a proverb laconically clarifying how nalta is best used: Harta borti harta jer brano, harta borti he, he jer nalta. (You may want to Google it, or better still, ask someone from Västerbotten).

Nattviol

You will feel its scent before it catches your eye. Nattviol (Platanthera Bifolia), commonly known in English as the Lesser Butterfly Orchid, occurs most frequently in early summer, thrives best in moist soil, likes growing in groups and grows fastest at night – hence the beautiful name in Swedish - Nattviol (Night Violet).

Nikkaluokta

A few miles west of Kiruna, a day hike from Kebnekaise, right in the middle of the wildest nature. If you plan on ever doing a hike in the Swedish mountains, your roads will sooner or later carry to Nikkaloukta.

Ogjort

What’s northern Swedish for unplugged? ”Oi” (literally meaning ”not in”, referring to the cord). That’s just how efficient they use the language. Instead of using opposite words, simply add ”un” (”o”) as often as you can. If this copy was not yet written, it would remain ”ogjord”

Örsten

If it is true that there are as many stars in the sky as grains on sand on earth, then let’s hope all the velvety fine grains on the sandy beach of Örsten south of Umeå were counted too.

Sidensjö

Örnsköldsvik and its surroundings is sometimes referred to as ”Foppaland”, named after the hockey player Peter Forsberg. Just where the borders to this land sits is hard to tell. Sidensjö, the beautiful village located between two lakes, is 20 km from Örnsköldsvik. Just offside Foppaland, probably.

Vippvedel

Vippvedel is a rare flower that grows on c alcareous mountain slopes from Härjedalen to Tone lapland. The first find is documented from Lule lappland in 1807. We have had the small, shy and rare flower portrayed as a recessed detail in a classic pilot frame.

Vippvedel Mellan

Vippvedel is a rare flower that grows on c alcareous mountain slopes from Härjedalen to Tone lapland. The first find is documented from Lule lappland in 1807. We have had the small, shy and rare flower portrayed as a recessed detail in a classic pilot frame.

Vippvedel Småa

Vippvedel is a rare flower that grows on calcareous mountain slopes from Härjedalen to Tone lapland. The first find is documented from Lule lappland in 1807. We have had the small, shy and rare flower portrayed as a recessed detail in a classic pilot frame.