Driving in Lappland wintertime

Driving in Lappland wintertime

When driving a car in Lapland remember that between the dates December 1st and March 31st you are required to have winter tires. 

In Sweden each car has additionally metal spikes in its winter tires what makes driving even safer. Also note that the colder it is the traction is better because the ice on the road gets sort of sticky. Very cold weather brings also clear sky and less snowstorms what makes the visibility way better.

Our roads are ploughed regularly but since we are talking about subarctic climate, weather and the road conditions can change very fast. Plenty of moose, reindeers, foxes and rabbits make driving our roads even harder. Especially a moose is a big problem. 

How big? 

Sometimes as heavy as 600kg and as tall as 2m. Animals are also a bit problematic when driving smaller vehicles. In our case it is usually a snowmobile. It does happen that you need to wait until the moose goes away to its own path or that you need to take another way due to a numerous herd of reindeers.

Traditional reindeer herding is still a thing in Lapland, so we try to be updated about the regions and timing of various actions the people of Lapland need to do with their animals. Cross-country skiing isn’t really driving but I would put it to this post too because it is the most common way of transportation in wintertime. There are so many skiing trails in the National Park as well as around Abisko that it would be a pity not to try at least a few of them. Surely, more advanced skiers can try going off the trail or enjoy even more demanding sport – backcountry skiing.

From our reception it is also possible to rent a snow sledge or snowshoes what is just another fun way of moving around the land of snow and ice.

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