The North of Sweden is a place of wide-open spaces where the silence is almost audible. Golden eagles soar above snowcapped crags; huge salmon fight their way up wild, tumbling rivers; rare orchids bloom in arctic heathland; and wild rhododendrons splash the land with color. Its wild land is ideal for open-air vacations. Hiking, climbing, canoeing, river rafting, and fishing are all popular in summer;
skiing, ice-skating, and dogsledding are winter activities.