The one-elk town of Karesuando (Gárasavvon in Sami), 260km above the Arctic Circle, is the northernmost church village in Sweden, and it feels that way: utterly remote and lonely. This Sami reindeer-herder community revels in the romance of extremes: the midnight sun shines here from late May to mid-July, but in winter the temperature hits -50°C. Karesuando’s frontier feel is reflected in the four languages spoken by the locals (sometimes all at once): Swedish, Finnish, Northern Sami and Norwegian.
If it's all just too quiet and nothing much is open, cross the bridge to Finland's marginally more happening Kaaresuvanto. Alternatively, if you've got your own wheels, make tracks towards Kiruna or south along the wonderfully unpeopled Rte 99 that skirts the Finnish border en route to Pajala.