Karesuando
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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.

Sopperogården
Sopperogården
2 out of 5
Sopperogården Övre Soppero 121, Övre Soppero
The price is £66 per night from 16 Jun to 16 Jun
Situated in Övre Soppero, this hostel is 9.4 mi (15.2 km) from Lannavaara Memorial Church.
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Lapland Hotels Hetta
Lapland Hotels Hetta
3 out of 5
Ounastie 281, Enontekio
The price is £70 per night from 25 Jun to 25 Jun
Located on a lake, this Enontekio hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access within 1 mile (2 km) of Fell-Lapland Nature Centre, Jyppyra Lookout and Enontekio Local ...
4/5Very Good! (54 reviews)
A lovely Hotel in quite a remote town.
"My husband and I found the Lapland Hotel Hetta very very good. Positioned overlooking a lake it is a little out of town but not inconveniencing. All staff were lovely, very pleasant and accommodating. Breakfast service was fine. Not the biggest breakfast spread but choices were not too bad for myself ..."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2020

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Hotel Hetan Majatalo
Hotel Hetan Majatalo
3 out of 5
Riekontie 8, Enontekio
Located in the city centre, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Enontekio is within 1 mi (2 km) of Enontekio Church and Fell-Lapland Nature Centre, and close to winter ...
4.2/5Excellent! (42 reviews)
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Reviewed on 4 Oct 2020

Hotel Hetan Majatalo
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Vacation Home Pikkupöllö in Enontekiö - 2 Persons, 1 Bedrooms
Vacation Home Pikkupöllö in Enontekiö - 2 Persons, 1 Bedrooms
The price is £125 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Situated in Enontekio, this holiday home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Karesuando Parish and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Vita Huset Museum. Sotkajarven Bird-Watching Tower ...
Vacation Home Pikkupöllö in Enontekiö - 2 Persons, 1 Bedrooms
Vacation Home Oloskammi 5 in Muonio - 5 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
Vacation Home Oloskammi 5 in Muonio - 5 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
Address Provided by Property Manager, Muonio, Lapland
The price is £252 per night from 7 Jul to 7 Jul
Situated in Muonio, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Kiela Naturium, Uimaranta and Muonio Museum. Muonio Church and Särkitunturi are also within ...
Vacation Home Oloskammi 5 in Muonio - 5 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
Vacation Home Fishing Camp in Enontekiö - 6 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
Vacation Home Fishing Camp in Enontekiö - 6 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
Address Provided by Property Manager, Enontekio, Lapland
Situated in Enontekio, this holiday home is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from Karesuando Parish and 5.3 mi (8.5 km) from Vita Huset Museum. Sotkajarven Bird-Watching Tower ...
Vacation Home Fishing Camp in Enontekiö - 6 Persons, 2 Bedrooms
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