After the glistening white frosting of snow throughout freezing winters in northern Sweden, the summer unveils valleys that have been carved out by rivers with lovely 86-degree Fahrenheit weather. While winter temperatures swing down to -31-degrees Fahrenheit and landscapes are frozen and covered in ice and snow for miles, the summer is what many consider ideal for long days outside under the nearly 24-hours of sun. This wild diversity gives northern Sweden and Lapland perhaps the most exotic and idyllic appeal in Europe, from pastoral hikes and vistas to pulse-pounding ice driving.

Sweden’s Lapland region contains some of the oldest and most beautiful national parks in all of northern Europe, with an abundance of activities in all seasons for adventure seekers. In the middle of summer the Midnight Sun stays out all day and night long, giving ample time for extra excursions and enough light for a long dinner. Fish for trout and salmon, play golf at all hours of the day and night, and hike, bike, and canoe through the majestic scenery.

In contrast, you’ll see a complete turnaround in the weather and activities by winter. The vast landscapes of Lapland are the ideal place to ski, snowmobile, hop on a dog sled, and participate in the exhilarating sport of ice driving. Ker & Downey’s ice driving experience puts you on an ice track in some of the sexiest machines on the planet. You’ll feel the exhilaration of speed in a world of dizzying white in what can only be called an extreme motor sport for the luxury adventurer. After a day of cold weather play relax in one of the many saunas – they’re popular hang outs for the locals in the winter.

Along with Norway and Finland, the Lapland region is also home to the indigenous Sami people. Tour their unique culture and learn about their history as reindeer herders. Sample moose and other traditional dishes and visit the market for handicrafts.