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.
The north of Sweden is in many ways progressive, but not so much when it comes to how the language evolves. Where others make efforts to use gender neutral pronouns, people in the north still refer to most things as him. ”Where is the car?” ”I put him in the garage.”
Anyone who has ever swum in the Kalix River knows that it is refreshingly cold. Fewer may know that the name Kalix is of Sami origin and refers to the river's cool waters. And maybe, just maybe, it is precisely the cold water that makes the roe from the vendace that spawn here a gastronomic success worldwide.
Along the slowest part of the E4, between Umeå and Skellefteå, you pass the seemingly insignificant village with the self-explanatory name Ljusvattnet. Crystal clear lakes, summer and winter.
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.
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).
For a very small and quiet town just south of Jokkmokk, Nausta has made a loud impression in Swedish history. On 14 August 1961, just after ten in the evening, the first space rocket was launched from Swedish soil. But that blast was nothing compared to the Nausta blast, which was carried out in 1957 to test the results of an atomic bomb. Today, Nausta is quieter.