Cold comfort in Lapland

For a real taste of Scandinavia, the far north of Sweden is the place to be, writes Caroline Allen.

18th August, 2012
The northern lights: usually witnessed at their best to the north of the Arctic Circle until April 1. Photo: Getty

Sparkling frost swirls as we soak up the view of the gateway to Swedish Lapland. Lapporten, the awe-inspiring U-shaped valley formed by a glacier during the Ice Age, makes for a breakfast view with a difference but then we are far north, 200 kilometres above the Arctic Circle.

Having enjoyed the design delights of Stockholm shopping, visited its outstanding Vasa museum and dined in its atmospheric Old Town, our base of Kiruna offers a startling change...

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