Nature

Lapland is often said to be 'Europe's last wilderness'. Explore why!

Wildlife

This wilderness is home to many different species: elks, bears, reindeer, wolverines, beavers, lynx, owls, black and wood grouse, hares and foxes. These animals have such a vast habitat that you’ll have to be patient if you want to spot them. You can go out into nature by car or on foot to marvel at these enigmatic inhabitants of Lapland. Discovering the hiding places of these animals never ceases to excite. In combination with the breathtaking scenery, it is an absolute delight to go on a trek. If you’d rather go with a guide, you can join our wildlife safari. During the safari, you’ll not only be looking for these special animals, but also learning about their behaviour and peculiarities. We’re happy to take you along!

Northern Lights

When the nights get crisp and cold, the winter plays host to a unique phenomenon: the Northern Lights. Dorotea is northerly enough to experience them, and during most winters they can be seen multiple nights.

Natural reserves

Nearby Dorotea is the 40,000-acre Blaikfjället natural reserve, which offers many splendid hiking trails. At its highest point, you’ll be treated with a spectacular 360-degree view of the breathtaking mountainous terrain.

To the west of the campground is Sweden’s smallest natural reserve, the Vallsjöskogens naturreservat. The reception desk has a map available of all the nearby reserves.

Lakes

The area around Dorotea boasts many hidden lakes that few people ever see. In many of these lakes, fishing is allowed. The most common species are the (salmon/rainbow) trout, pike, bream and gray mullet. For every lake you need a fishing permit which can be bought at the reception desk. These lakes are also suitable for swimming or to make a beautiful canoe trip.

Weather

South Lapland has a mild continental climate, with cold, snowy winters and warm, dry summers. The summer season starts in June and ends at the end of August. It doesn’t get dark in the summer, and everything and everyone is energised by the midnight sun.

The winter season is long and starts in November/December, when the first snowfall is observed, and ends in April. November, December and January are fairly dark. The sun rises at 9 in the morning and it gets dark at 3 in the afternoon, but due to the bountiful white snow it doesn’t seem so dark!

The days start to lengthen rapidly in January and there is often plenty of snowfall. February, March and April are perfect for all manner of winter activities. During these months, it is often sunny and the winter temperatures are pleasant.

Mountains, forests & fruits

In Lapland, one can wander through the mountains and forests for hours without meeting anyone but elks and other remarkable wildlife. We can advise you on the best hiking routes so you can discover the best spots deep within the forests.

From August onwards, the forests and mountains burgeon with all manner of berries, such as the hjortron (cloud- or knotberry), blåbär (blueberry) and lingon (lingon- or cowberry). September is fantastic for picking chantarelles, which are used by the Swedes in highly traditional recipes.