Let’s talk about LAPLAND

Many people have the Northern Lights on their bucket lists, and Lapland is the ideal place to view them. No light pollution, clear skies and lots of open countryside to experience one of nature’s wonders. Lapland is not just for winter breaks, there’s lots of nature to explore during the summer as well.

More than just the Lights – Endless forests of pine, snow covered fells and peaceful lakeside villages, Swedish Lapland offers the ultimate wilderness getaway.

You can stay in guesthouses, log cabins or the Ice Hotel.

Northern Sweden is widely considered one of the last remaining wilderness’ on earth, and the further north you travel the more isolated the towns become. The Bothnian Coast, stretching to the border with Finland in the north is dominated by historic towns and villages. The town of Lulea is one such town and through history has been the centre for development and commerce in the region.

Surrounding Luleå an archipelago of 800 islands waits to be discovered. Renowned for its picturesque fishing communities, forest covered islets and wealth of birds, wildlife and flora the archipelago is a delight for any nature lover and, it waters play host to a wealth of excursions all year round – boat, canoe, hovercraft and snowmobile tours.

At 200km north of the Arctic Circle, sits the town of Kiruna. Although the town itself retains an industrial feel, the surrounding countryside is spectacular. Within a short drive, visitors are able to explore the Abisko National Park – home to a large Sámi population and the site of Sweden’s highest peak, Kebnekaise (2104m).

The ICEHOTEL is located 17km from Kiruna in Jukkasjärvi and a visit to this world-famous site should not be missed. First opened in 1990, the Jukkasjärvi ICEHOTEL was the first hotel entirely constructed of ice, and continues to be erected each year. It is a artistic installation that cannot fail but to impress and mesmerise visitors and guests. For 2016/17 the ICEHOTEL will launch a new concept. Whereas the hotel has in previous years melted out of existence as the winter has turned to spring, the ICEHOTEL will now offer the chance to experience sleeping at sub-zero temperatures year-round! There is no other place in the world where you can experience the Midnight Sun and winter on the same holiday.

Norwegian Lapland is more associated with a certain person especially in December! Lots of children visit, with parents to meet the great man and discuss their Christmas lists with him. Again, a short holiday to meet Father Christmas can involve lots of activities such as toboganning, sleigh rides, snowmobiles and more. Over New Year, activities more suited to adults and older children take over. Short breaks and day trips available for these trips.

For holidays to any of these locations, just call Olein on 01252 519669 or email olein@diamondtravel.gtmail.co.uk

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