The Gammelstad Church Village just outside the town of Luleå at the Gulf of Bothnia is included on the World Heritage List as the largest and best preserved church village in northern Sweden with over 400 church cabins – a type of settlement typical of northern Scandinavia.
Directly on the Arctic Circle where the summer nights are bright and there are few daylight hours during winter is where you’ll find Jokkmokk. To many, the name sounds exotic. Thoughts are drawn to dramatic mountain silhouettes, miles and miles of mountain walks, reindeer herds and predators, but also to colourful films and photos from Jokkmokk’s market with its Sámi costumes, craftsmen and festival. The reality is much more than this. The total picture is more complex and to describe Jokkmokk with only a few words or pictures is simply impossible.
Kiruna is the northernmost town in Sweden. From here you can venture out to Laponia – a conglomeration of four national parks in western Lapland included on Unesco´s World Heritage List for its unique nature and as a historic site for Sami culture. The mountain massif around Kebnekaise, Sweden´s highest mountain, is a centre for hikers and adventurers. The international producer of upgraded iron ore LKAB is located in Kiruna. The iron ore mine is so huge now that the city of Kiruna must move to another place.