Every time I come here I always feel the same attraction. It might be the clean air, pure water or the feeling of being completely alone and taking the days as they come. Maybe it’s just the breathtaking landscape. Going to Swedish Lapland is a remarkable experience; it is an adventure, filled with life and authenticity.
The terrain is challenging and the horizon can change rapidly, One of my absolute favorites about Swedish Lapland is that you will not find roads to the perfect spots, and many times they don’t exist. There are no given places on beforehand; you have to put in the work and at times be in total control of whatever nature has in store for you. The landscape is authentic and sparsely populated by humans. Except for the sound of the water and wind, silence is the only thing you will hear.
The landscape of Lapland takes about a fourth of Sweden’s total area, it’s large, it’s wide and it’s a sense of the wild. Even to a Scandinavian as myself, this is an undiscovered place, almost mythical, but no place like this has given my photography so much in return as the Swedish Lapland. It’s unique, versatile and in constant change and you will be quite influenced by the large areas of untouched nature, deep forest, and vast mountain landscape that stretch out in front of you.
Variations and the small details in seasonal changes give structure to the eight seasons in Lapland. The four main seasons is supplemented by four half seasons. Constituted by people who are dependent on season and climate and a cultural heritage that lives on until this day.
Almost to beautiful to grasp are the river deltas in the Swedish Lapland. The pastel blue glacial water finds a way through the challenging terrain in the old-growth dark green forests. Almost like long, stretching arms, the water finds a way to bind together again. This is a spectacular river system that spread over large areas.
The mountain landscape of the Swedish Lapland is impressive. You´ll find the highest tops of Sweden right here. It is quite a challenge to reach them. There are no roads leading to them and some areas are closed during winter, I´ve hiked what felt like forever during total silence to reach them. But seeing those snow-covered mountains gracefully stretching their peaks to the sky made the effort worth it.
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