Chasing Aurora Borealis has become a huge pastime among adventurous travelers in recent years. The number of specialized holidays focusing on nature’s most mysterious and elusive phenomena increases every year. As the most popular activity to enjoy during the winter, this type of break is now rivaling winter sports holidays and tropical getaways.
Iceland and Sweden are two destinations that consistently capture the imagination of those seeking a Northern Lights holiday. Both are equally popular and despite differing weather patterns and attractions, both are the ideal places to see the Aurora Borealis. Our focus here will be on Sweden, in which we give a brief overview of the country’s climate, lifestyle, and sightseeing opportunities.
It’s a ‘Cool’ Holiday
In comparison to Iceland, its neighbor to the west, Sweden has significantly harsher climatic conditions. Winter temperatures frequently dip below minus 30 degrees (average minus 15 degrees), making thermal wear mandatory to prevent frostbite. The Lapland region of Sweden, particularly during the winter months, can also experience heavy snowfall.
Despite these conditions, visitors to Sweden who embark on a Northern Lights holiday will find the country offers a lot. In Abisko, a region with a relatively cloudless microclimate, visitors can chase the aurora, enjoy Sami villages, and go sledding or snowmobiling with huskies. Also located in Kiruna is the world-renowned Original Ice Hotel, which offers a unique accommodation option. While you’re in the hotel, temperatures are usually around minus 5 - but you’ll be well prepared and cared for.
Arctic mammals such as the elk and Arctic Char can be spotted in Swedish Lapland during a Northern Lights holiday. For those who are not native to the region, ice fishing can also be an exciting new activity! Travelers on Northern Lights holidays can enjoy so much more in Sweden than just the Northern Lights - even beyond the sight of the lights themselves.