Karesuando

Travel Guide
Karesuando
Whether regarded as the beginning or end of the country, this town provides insight into a specialized territorial culture. Enjoy a truly unique experience.

Travel to the far northern end of Sweden to visit Karesuando, a self-sufficient town that’s far from isolated. The population is just a few hundred but everyone has a role in the community where the land and water are pivotal to daily lives. This area, and practically all of Lapland including Russia, is home for the Saami, some of whom continue traditional reindeer pastoralism.

For an overall history of the Saami and the area, visit Vita Huset, or White House. It once housed the district police but is now used as a folk museum. A representation of a Settlers Homestead depicts what life was like in the town, which is 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of the Arctic Circle.

From 1826 to 1849 the town had an important resident, Lars Levi Laestadius, a botanist and preacher who strongly influenced residents. Find reminders of him around town. An altar sculpture in the church honors him. The Laestadius Botanical Garden contains plant species he studied. Laestadius’ log cabin (Laestadius Pörte), where he lived, is now a cultural heritage building open to visitors.

A short walk east from the cabin brings you to the wooden Karesuando Church (Karesuando Kyrka), which is very picturesque and open to visitors. The Coca-Cola Company apparently thought the same and filmed one of its popular Christmas commercials at this location. The church was built in 1905 after its predecessor developed a crack that almost split the church in two. Take photos outside Karesuando Kyrka to remember your visit to the northernmost church in Sweden.

Bring your camera also to Kaarevaara, a hill about 20 minutes’ drive outside Karesuando. From the top of the hill you can see across Norway, Sweden and Finland.

It’s also a good spot to watch the midnight sun staying above the horizon from late May to the middle of July.

Karesuando is about about 820 miles (1,320 kilometers) north of Stockholm. The quickest way to get here is to fly to Kiruna then get a bus to Karesuando.

Hotel Hetan Majatalo
Hotel Hetan Majatalo
3 out of 5
Riekontie 8, Enontekio, 99401
The price is £68 per night from 18 Aug to 19 Aug
Stay at this 3-star ski hotel in Enontekio. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Enontekio Church and Fell-Lapland Nature Centre ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (53 reviews)
"Huone oli siisti ja viihtyisä. Aamupala oli todella maittava. Todella miellyttävä henkilökunta."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2022

Hotel Hetan Majatalo
Lapland Hotels Hetta
Lapland Hotels Hetta
3 out of 5
Ounastie 281, Enontekio, 99400
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £75 per night from 19 Aug to 20 Aug
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Enontekio. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (80 reviews)
Very pleasant
"Very decent place took the room with a sauna nice to have a morning sauna in the comfort of your own room."

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2021

Lapland Hotels Hetta
Sopperogården
Sopperogården
2 out of 5
Sopperogården Övre Soppero 121, Övre Soppero, 98015
Stay at this hostel in Övre Soppero. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a sauna. Discover genuine guest reviews for Sopperogården along with the latest prices ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (9 reviews)
Okay value. RECOMMEND!
"Okay value. RECOMMEND!"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021

Sopperogården
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Vacation home Pikkupöllö in Enontekiö - 2 persons, 1 bedrooms
Vacation home Pikkupöllö in Enontekiö - 2 persons, 1 bedrooms
Enontekiö, Lapland
The price is £97 per night from 27 Aug to 28 Aug
Stay at this holiday home in Enontekio. Enjoy a sauna, on-site parking and a porch. Popular attractions Vita Huset Museum and Karesuando Parish are located nearby. ...
Vacation home Pikkupöllö in Enontekiö - 2 persons, 1 bedrooms
Lannavaara Lodge
Lannavaara Lodge
3 out of 5
Byvägen 82, Lannavaara, 980 13
The price is £105 per night from 26 Aug to 27 Aug
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Lannavaara. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a sauna. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attraction ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
A Pearl in the middle of nowhere
"Absolutt fantastisk ! A blessinf for your soul and mind"

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2021

Lannavaara Lodge
Vacation home Riekkotupa in Enontekiö - 6 persons, 1 bedrooms
Vacation home Riekkotupa in Enontekiö - 6 persons, 1 bedrooms
Enontekiö, Lapland
Stay at this holiday home in Enontekio. Enjoy a sauna, on-site parking and a porch. Popular attractions Enontekio Church and Fell-Lapland Nature Centre are located ...
Vacation home Riekkotupa in Enontekiö - 6 persons, 1 bedrooms
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit

Cities near Karesuando