Flying into Lulea the earth looks like an endless stretch of snow and ice. Boat channels, carved into frozen estuaries, snake their way from the harbour of the small industrial town through a labyrinth of islands to the Gulf of Bothnia, a thumb of water linked to the Baltic Sea.
Diehard ski and snowboard lovers in search of a never-ending winter need search no more.
In our second annual literary special, compiled by Kay O'Sullivan, Traveller asked five leading Australian novelists to write about the one place that has most informed and inspired their prose.
Inspired by Nordic crime novels, chefs - and more flight options - Australians are flocking to Europe's deep north, writes Ute Junker.
Scandinavia's dramatic landscapes come close to perfection, writes Alison Stewart.
Louise Goldsbury takes to the skyline of picturesque Stockholm.
Scandinavians love and respect their royals Alison Stewart discovers, on a tour fit for a queen.
I let a dreadlocked, kleptomaniac Scotsman stay in my home. But karma repaid me.