Days 5-7+ in Sweden
The farther north you head, the sparser the landscape, so burn through some miles while contemplating the vastness of the tundra. Soon you’ll cross the Arctic Circle, and at the end is Hotel Jokkmokk, which serves Laplandic specialties like smoked reindeer.
Perched on the northern border with Norway, Abisko National Park is the epitome of pristine Arctic wilderness. The 280-mile hiking trail Kungsleden starts here and traverses open tundra and goes into worn black mountains dappled with lichen. Even if you don’t have time for the entire thing, hike the beginning for a closer view of Lapporten, the fabled gate to Lapland, or trek to the Gorsajökeln glacier, where you can stay in a mountain cabin. Afterward, grab the chairlift across to the summit of Mount Nuolja for a draft from the deck of the Panaroma Café.
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