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, 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.
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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
Budget Hotels in Kiruna
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Gundeldingen
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
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
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Luleå
Elite Stadshotell Lulea
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
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Piteå
Kust Hotell & Spa i Pitea
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
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