Abisko

The National Park has attracted hikers from all over the world for more than a century. Here begins the famous ”Kungsleden” and here is where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. If the Swedish mountains had its own capital, it would surely be Abisko.

Arvidsjaur

Smack in the middle of Lapland, some 100 kilometers south of the poor circle, you’ll find the village of Arvidsjaur. Known for pretty much nothing, loved for all that makes us love the north: the woods, the mountains, the light.

Atlas

This triple star is included in the constellation Taurus the Pleiades. Whose name comes from the titan who carries the entire firmament on his shoulders. He is also the father of the nymph Electra, one of the seven Pleiades.

Bláhnage

There has long been a debate on Blattnicksele/Blattniksele in Sorsele municipality whether it should be spelled with or without the letter ”c”. To avoid trouble, we go with the the Ume-Saami name – Bláhnage.

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.

Electra

One of the Titan Atlas' daughters, the Pleiades. Seven beautiful nymphs who have given names to the stars in the constellation Taurus, which according to the Vikings represented the mythological giant wolf Fenris (Fenrir).

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.

Ensamheten

Is there any Swedish place name that evokes more immediate feelings than Ensamheten (The Loneliness)? No matter how much melancholy the name entails, Ensamheten does foster great strength and power. (Yep, two world champions in arm wrestling come from here.)

Holmnäs

The best thing about Norrland is the unpredictability. Like when fine culture moves into a sheep house. In the small village of Holmnäs outside Umeå, a well-attended opera performance is held once a year in the sheep house where the acoustics send a libretto echoing far over the meadows in the bright summer night.

Hornavan

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.

Hornavan Mellan

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.

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.

Hössjö

A late summer 1853, Johan Natanaelsson, Hössjö, was executed for with intent having murdered his father-in-law. Johan became the last person in Västerbotten to be sentenced to death. Incidentally, Hössjö, south of Umeå, is a fairly quiet community.

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.

Laponia

Laponia

Lovikka

A mitten, knitted with yarn and with a significant cross pattern, was all it took for a small village far north of the Arctic Circle to make a name for itself in wide circles. But then again, those mittens are something else.

Malgomaj

The big lake outside Vilhelmina, where every year someone seems to be breaking the biggest char-record, has a name that sounds very much like a Swedish toddler trying to speak English.

Nalta

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).