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Visit to Arvidsjaur in Swedish Lapland

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Lappstaden in Arvidsjaur


Arvidsjaur is a good place to plan your getaways and get to know the Swedish Lapland region. It is located in the heart of the northern part of the country and there are multiple bus connections to different points such as Skelleftea, Mala, Bodo, Lyksele or Kiruna and prices are around 20 euros one way depending on the destination although for this region the ideal is to rent A car and visit it for free. Anyway, if someone needs to know some specific schedule I have the list of bus lines at home valid until October 2011. Just a comment in the article and I provide the information.

Arvidsjaur is famous for being one of the most important centers for the car industry. During the winter many car companies meet in Arvidsjaur to test the brakes and the expertise of their conductors on the ice of Lapland. It must be a real pass to get on a Ferrari and start thrombus on an icy lake!

On the other hand, the region is surrounded by thousands of lakes and offers a good variety of outdoor activities like sledding with dogs, ice fishing, snowmobiling trips, outdoor saunas, skiing at a four-lift station or even golf on snow - of course, they change the white color of the pelolite to orange.

At night there is another activity that does not understand races or require credit cards. Its about Northern Lights sighting. This phenomenon occurs in the areas near the Arctic circle thanks to the magnetism that it emits and, without a doubt, it can be one of the most beautiful natural spectacles we can see on Earth. Unfortunately, during my stay in Swedish Lapland I could not see any. They tend to occur more frequently during the cold months. If you visit the area, on the Geophysical Institute website you will find a daily forecast to prepare your night getaways.

In Arvidsjaur you will find a useful tourist office, a couple of hotels (maybe some more) and a few bars and restaurants. Little more.

In the heart of the town there is a Lappstaden. It's about a former Sami settlement composed of simple wooden houses. To control the Sami population, the government “invited” this nomadic population to visit the churches during religious holidays in order to control its census. Today, in many towns in northern Sweden we can see a Lappstaden right next to the main church. In the case of Arvidsjaur there are a total of 80 old Sami houses with their characteristic conical shape. Every year in August a festival is held that is surely worth visiting and checking dates and activities through the official tourism website of the town.

We stayed at the Lapland hotel. A nice hotel in the center of Arvidsjaur. It is dedicated to business with conference rooms but also has a family air so tourists interested in knowing the region will not feel strange either. The double room included a small room next to a small kitchen where you can prepare your things and an outdoor balcony. The hotel also offers a good restaurant with an extensive menu of great quality and a spa and massage service external to the general price of the rooms.

During our stay in Arvidsjaur we met very interesting people that we will be presenting in next installments.

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