Mountain sights in Sweden
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For anyone interested in Sami culture, it’s worth going out of your way to visit Atoklimpen, a holy mountain that has been the object of worship from the nomadic society’s early days. Evidence of sacrifices, camping and reindeer herding are scattered across the area; a 3km trail leads up to the top. Near the car park (off Rd 1116) is a peat hut and a small cottage. A Sami couple built the hut in 1920 and the cottage in 1925, at a time when the Sami were forbidden to build permanent structures; the ensuing debate over the cottage helped to change the law. The surrounding area still serves as a reindeer breeding ground.
There's not much to Kiruna, but it's the major town this far north - in fact it's the northernmost town in Sweden. The surrounding district includes Sweden's highest peak, Kebnekaise, and some of the country's best national parks and hiking routes; see for suggestions on tackling them.