Costs of a trip to Swedish Lapland
Traveling to Swedish Lapland isn’t cheap, but with this budget break-down you’re prepared for the cost of a trip to Lapland. There are many different places to stay in Swedish Lapland, at different price levels.
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Cost of accommodation on a trip to Lapland
Finding a place to stay is one of the most costly things in Swedish Lapland, especially if you’re looking for a place that also creates an experience. Glass domes, glamping tents or other unique vacation rentals are popular but also pricey.
Budget options like hostels, Air BnB’s or campgrounds are a great way to save some money. If you’re visiting in the fall or winter camping may not be ideal, but still possible.
For these kinds of budget options plan to spend around 500-900 SEK (ca. 50-90 Euro) per night.
The STF, Svenska Tourist Förening (Swedish Tourist Association), has multiple locations all over Lapland (pretty much in every city) with rooms at quite inexpensive prices. At least for Sweden.
Accommodation in the medium price level ranges from 900-2500 SEK (90-250 Euro) per night.
A lot of people in Lapland have cabins for rent which is a great experience getting close to locals.
Of course there are tons of luxury options in Lapland, like the famous Ice Hotel in Kiruna.
Staying at these places can easily cost around 5000 SEK (ca 500 Euro) per night, especially if you want to stay in one of their ice rooms.
Cost of food in on a trip to Swedish Lapland
Food in Lapland is traditionally heavy on meat, especially reindeer, potatoes and fish. There are many places that serve these things fresh, which is a great experience. Oh, and of course fika, the Swedish tradition of coffee and a snack, is everywhere.
Eating out can be quite expensive in Sweden, and especially in Lapland as most food is grown somewhere else.
The list below gives you a an idea of how much eating out can cost on your Lapland trip.
To save some costs on your Lapland trip, try finding accommodation where you can cook yourself, and get your food from the grocery store.
Buying groceries for 2 people for a 1-week trip will cost you around 400-600 SEK (ca. 40-60 Euro), if you plan on cooking 3 meals a day plus fika.
Cost of transportation on a trip to Lapland
Lapland is a vast area; the 3 most famous national parks alone cover an area the size of Belgium (yes, the country).
So it’s a good idea to plan ahead how to get from A to B.
One of the best ways to get around in Lapland is renting a car. It gives you the flexibility to explore at your own pace, and discover remote places not accessible by public transport.
For a week long road trip in Lapland budget around 300-500 SEK (ca. 30-50 Euro) per day. Of course if you are planning on adding additional drivers, or upgrading your rental car, the costs are going to be much higher.
Gas and insurance
Depending on how far you’re planning on driving, costs for gas can vary a lot.
For a medium size car (like a Volvo, which is the most common in Sweden), the cost to fill up the tank is around 700 SEK (ca. 70 Euro).
Car insurance in Sweden is the same as everywhere else in Europe, so basic insurance included in your rental contract should be enough.
Trains and buses
Lapland has a surprisingly good net of buses and trains.
Most people take the train to Kiruna to explore the city, visit (or stay at) the Ice Hotel, and then take either train or bus to Abisko, one of the most famous national parks in the world.
The main train operator in Sweden is SJ, well known for their sustainable approach and large network of trains.
Depending on your destination(s), SJ offers one-way or return tickets, or passes, and even overnight sleeping cabins for longer train rides.
And remember, Sweden is a mostly cashless country, so you can buy train tickets online.
Cost of activities in Lapland
Lapland is a famous winter destination, but even during the other seasons there are tons of activities.
Check out the list below for the most popular activities and their costs in Lapland (both summer and winter).
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