by James Proctor
Lapland Travel Guide – Expert travel advice and tips including the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian regions, ice hotels, northern lights tours, Sámi art and culture. Also covering suggested itineraries, winter and summer activities such as dog-sledding and hiking, Laponia World Heritage area, Luleå, Tromsø, Narvik, Finnmark Plateau and Jokkmokk.
Published: 12th Aug 2015
About this book
Now in its third edition, Bradt’s Lapland is the only guidebook to this wintry wonderland. Spanning the northernmost fringes of Norway, Sweden and Finland, Lapland offers exciting winter and summer adventures. Take in the indigenous Sámi culture, experience a husky safari or take a boat trip in search of killer whales. Scandinavia enthusiast James Proctor leads visitors across magical frozen scenery, from the world-famous ICEHOTEL and the stunning Laponia World Heritage area to the Arctic’s midnight sun-24-hours of unbroken sunlight. Whether on an organized tour or travelling independently, Bradt’s Lapland is the essential travel companion.
About the Author
James Proctor is Bradt’s very own Nanook of the North. For many people, the very thought of boarding a plane heading north is scary enough, but James actually chooses to spend much of his time above the 60th parallel. As the author of Bradt’s Faroe Islands, Lapland and West Sweden guides, he’s certainly used to snow, ice and howling wind! Yet, that is exactly the charm of the Nordic region – it’s wild, it’s unspoilt and it’s relatively undiscovered. Planes that fly south are not really James’s thing.
James first came across all things Nordic as a student. After mistakenly wandering into a Swedish lecture, he soon realised that his native Yorkshire dialect, liberally laced with dozens of old Viking words, was going to make learning this off-beat Scandinavian language a doddle. And so began a love affair with Sweden, and indeed the other Nordic countries, which has endured to this day – 30 years or so later.
As the BBC’s Scandinavia correspondent in the 90s, James travelled widely across the Nordic countries and has since written no fewer than six travel guides to the region. Today he divides his time between the South of France, his beloved Yorkshire and his lakeside retreat deep in the Swedish forest.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Background Information 3
Geography and climate 3, Natural history 5, History 8, Government and politics 15, Sámi economy 15, People 16, Language 16, Religion and mythology 18, Culture 19
Practical Information 21
When to visit 21, Highlights – and distances 22, Suggested itineraries 23, Tour operators 24, Red tape 26, Embassies 26, Getting there and away 26, Health and safety 27, Women travellers 29, Gay travellers 29, Travellers with a disability 29, Travelling with children 29, What to take 30, Money and banking 31, Getting around 31, Accommodation 33, Eating and drinking 33, Public holidays and festivals 35, Shopping 36, Arts and entertainment 37, Photography 37, Media and communications 37, Time 39, Cultural etiquette 39
PART TWO THE GUIDE
Swedish Lapland: Luleå to Riksgränsen 43
Luleå 43, Arvidsjaur 50, Arjeplog 54, Northwest to Jäkkvik and Vuoggatjålme 55, Jokkmokk 56, Gällivare 63, Kiruna 68, Icehotel and Jukkasjärvi 74, Abisko and around 78, Hiking from Abisko: the Kungsleden trail 82
Narvik and the Islands 85
Narvik 85, The islands: Vesterålen and Lofoten 90
From the Gulf of Bothnia to the Arctic Ocean 109
Tornio and Haparanda 109, Pajala and around 116, Muonio and around 122, Kaaresuvanto and
Karesuando 124, Kilpisjärvi and Treriksröset 126
Finnish Lapland: Rovaniemi to the Finnmark Plateau 131
Rovaniemi 132, Northwest from Rovaniemi: towards Kautokeino 142, Kautokeino 150, Northeast from Rovaniemi: towards Karasjok 154, Inari 160, North from Inari: Kaamanen and Utsjoki 164, East from Rovaniemi 171
Norwegian Lapland: Tromsø to Kirkenes 179
Tromsø 181, Alta 193, Towards Hammerfest: Skaidi 199, Hammerfest 199, Towards the North Cape 204, The North Cape 208, Moving on from the North Cape: towards Kirkenes 211, Kirkenes 212
Appendix 1 Language 219
Appendix 2 Glossary of Finnish, Norwegian, Sámi and Swedish terms 225
Appendix 3 Further Information 227