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Where to Stay in the Swedish Lapland

Panoramic view of amazing Aurora Borealis northern lights over beautiful winter wonderland scenery with trees and snow on a scenic cold night in Scandinavia, northern Europe

When many people hear “Lapland” they might automatically think of Finland. However, Sweden also has a Lapland region, and Swedish Lapland is every bit as beautiful as Finnish Lapland and they are only separated by the River Torne for several kilometers.. Whether you are planning a trip to see the famous Northern Lights, fulfill your dream of sleeping in an ice hotel, or prefer a summer visit to see the Midnight Sun, we can help you find the best place to stay in Lapland.

We will cover off all types of Swedish Lapland accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Swedish Lapland hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Swedish Lapland 2023, the best Swedish Lapland hotels, best places in Swedish Lapland to visit, the best places to stay in Swedish Lapland, hotels near Swedish Lapland attractions, Swedish Lapland neighborhood guide and many more.  Wondering where to stay in the Swedish Lapland, this guide will help you decided which area is perfect for you.

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One of Sweden’s northernmost towns, Kiruna is best known for mining. Located over 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, this is often the entry point for many travelers arriving in Swedish Lapland. The town itself is undergoing a fascinating transformation as it is physically being moved, brick by brick, to accommodate for expansion of the mine. The move is expected to last through 2035, so this can affect the availability of accommodation. However, this is the best area for tourists who have only a short visit to Swedish Lapland and don’t have time to go deeper into the countryside.

You’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of outfitters here offering tours and excursions, so you won’t miss out on any fun. Given the proximity of the mine, you’ll also be able to find budget-friendly accommodation in Lapland here. 

Where to Stay in Kiruna Sweden

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Kiruna
SPiS Hotel & Hostel
Hotell E-10

Budget Hotels in Kiruna
Camp Alta

Mid range Hotels in Kiruna
Scandic Ferrum
Hotel Bishops Arms
Hotel Kebne
Hotel Arctic Eden

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gundeldingen

Winter landscape with cabin hut at night in Kiruna Sweden lapland at Night with star trail


Abisko is a village on the shore of Torneträsk Lake, offering an abundance of activities and excursions. Not only are you likely to see the Northern Lights here, you can also explore ice fishing opportunities on the lake, and visit nearby Abisko National Park. You can also opt for a day trip to the nearby Norway fjords and the town of Narvik.

The variety of activities make Abisko a good choice for family friendly travel in Swedish Lapland. Abisko is easily reached with a bus transfer from Kiruna, and accommodation options range from guest houses to hostels, mountain lodges, and the famous IceHotel in nearby Jukkasjärvi. 

Where to Stay in Abisko

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Abisko
Abisko Hostel

Budget Hotels in Abisko
Abisko Östra

Mid range Hotels in Abisko
Abisko Guesthouse and Activities
Lovely house in Abisko

Family Friendly Hotels in Abisko
STF Abisko Turiststation
Abisko Mountain Lodge

house to observe the northern lights to. Abisko Sweden. Winter. Polar night. long exposure


A bit further south you’ll find the city of Luleå at the northern end of the Gulf of Bothnia. One of the most famous attractions here is Gammelstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 15th century village just outside of Luleå is a church town with hundreds of wood houses and a stone church.

With a population nearing 100,000, Luleå is the largest city in Lapland, making it the best area for tourists who want to visit Lapland but prefer a mid-sized city with culture and cuisine be explored in addition to the natural wonders of the region. 

Where to Stay in Luleå

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Luleå

Budget Hotels in Luleå
Quality Hotel Lulea
Best Western Plus Hotell Savoy
First Camp Lulea

Mid range Hotels in Luleå
Clarion Hotel Sense
Amber Hotell

Family Friendly Hotels in Luleå
Scandic Lulea North
Hotell Ornvik

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Luleå
Elite Stadshotell Lulea

Lulea, Sweden - Panorama city, Cathedral sunny day, blue sky


Just a bit south of Luleå  is the small town of Piteå. With a unique location amongst the Piteå Archipelago, this city has something for everyone and is quite popular with Swedish travelers, especially in the summertime. Piteå is best known for beaches, forests, and lakes, and there are a few interesting museums in town as well.

Pite Havsbad is the main beach resort, which fills with locals and tourists in the summertime, giving Piteå the reputation of being the “Riviera of Sweden.” It’s hard to imagine a beach vacation so close to the Arctic Circle, but some of the warmest waters in Sweden are found here. 

Where to Stay in Piteå

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Piteå
Pitea Vandrarhem
Hotell Sport & Rest
Pitea Golfhotell

Budget Hotels in Piteå
Skoogs City BnB
Pensionatet Malmgatan

Mid range Hotels in Piteå
Pitea Stadshotell
Furunaeset Hotell & Konferens

Family Friendly Hotels in Piteå
Hotel Bishops Arms Pitea
Pite Havsbad

Affordable Luxury Hotels in Piteå
Kust Hotell & Spa i Pitea

Pitea, Sweden - The former town hall (left) located at the square Radhustorget houses the Pitea Museum.


Continuing south along the Gulf, we find Skellefteå, the southern entrance into Swedish Lapland. Like many of the cities here, Skellefteå offers the best of both worlds in terms of natural wonders and urban conveniences. Interestingly, there is no train service here, so you must arrive by bus or plane.

From breweries and fine dining to fishing and skiing, there is always something to do in Skellefteå. Accommodation options are plentiful, with hotel packages available that combine fun activities such as hockey tickets or kid parks. If you are looking for romantic getaway in Swedish Lapland, many Skellefteå hotels also have spas for your relaxation and indulgence! 

Where to Stay in Skellefteå

Cheapest Backpacking Hostels in Skellefteå
STF Hostel Skelleftea

Budget Hotels in Skellefteå
Best Western Malmia Hotel
Quality Hotel Skelleftea Stadshotell
Rum For Resande

Mid range Hotels in Skellefteå
Hotel Victoria
Bed & Breakfast Granden
Medlefors Hotel & Conference

Family Friendly Hotels in Skellefteå
Scandic Skelleftea City
Hotel Stensborg
Hotel Aurum

LOVANGER, SWEDEN - Lovanger church town in northern Sweden dates back to the 17th century and consists of 117 cottages of which many are used for hostel lodging.

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Where to Stay in the Swedish Lapland

Where to Stay in the Swedish Lapland

Where to Stay in the Swedish Lapland

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Hi, my name is Samantha, Finance Managing Guru by day, Travel Blogging Enthusiast by... well... day too! Haha! Travelling King is the destination hotspot for the wannabe traveller! Showcasing affordable, luxurious getaways for the budget conscious! With the combination of my financial knowledge and travelling experiences I aim to show you, with a little planning, the right budget and a realistic goal you can fulfil your travel fantasies and explore the world whatever your budget or desires may be!