The best national parks in Lapland Province
Lappland or Lapland is Sweden’s northernmost province. Lappland occupies a huge surface of almost 110.000 km². It is a beautiful region, owning some outstanding natural jewels. Several parts of the region were inscribed on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The province is famous for including some of Northern Europe’s oldest and most beautiful national parks. Below I will present you the best national parks in Lapland Province: the Sarek National Park, the Stora Sjöfallet National Park, the Padjelanta National Park and the Abisko National Park. If you love nature and would like to visit Lapland’s national parks, read the following guide.
Sarek National Park
The breathtaking Sarek National Park is among the oldest of its kind in Northern Europe. The national park is bordered by two others: the Padjelanta and the Stora Sjöfallet national parks, being situated in the north-western part of the province. So, if you visit this area, you have the possibility of visiting three national parks without traversing long distances. The area is among the rainiest areas of the province, but the national park is very popular among mountaineers and hikers in spite of being no marked trails in the park. So, if you would like to go hiking to Sarek, make sure that the weather will be fine. It is also important to mention that mountaineering and hiking are not recommended for beginners. There are several high mountains and spectacular glaciers on the grounds of the park which are very popular among tourists.
Stora Sjöfallet National Park
Sweden’s third largest national park, the Stora Sjöfallet Park makes part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site area. The park lies 20 km above the Arctic Circle. Some activities which can be practiced in the park are the following: skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, ice climbing and hiking. The flora and the fauna of the park are both astonishing. The flora is among the major reasons why the area is protected, including dwarf birch, lichens and crowberry. There are several species of birds living in the park, including the eagle, the long-tailed jaeger, the great grey owl and others. Among the mammals living in the park are the following: moose, reindeer, ermine, red fox and so on.
Padjelanta National Park
The largest national park of Sweden is a very popular tourist destination of Lapland. It occupies a huge surface of almost 2.000 km². The park makes part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site area. It is extremely popular among visitors due to its famous hiking trail, the Padjelanta Trail. This is a summer trail, so pay attention, because during winter months the markings are not visible.
Abisko National Park
The Abisko National Parklies in the northern part of Lapland. There is a “turiststation” which houses several visitors of the park. It also provides food, lodging and others to the visitors. You can practice snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and other winter sports in the park. If you visit the park during winter, you also have the chance to admire the breathtaking aurora borealis.