Northern lights, starry skies, the midnight sun, and other sky phenomenons are a part of our Arctic lifestyle. We like to look up and watch the sky when we walk our dogs or are out in nature. That is why we work to protect dark night skies, something that is becoming rarer around the globe. Most of our accommodation providers as well as walking trails in the municipalities got special lights or a system to decrease light pollution. It makes it easier for both visitors and locals to enjoy the show.
Houses built out of wood are the most common living situation for us and we heat our homes with air-, earth- or geothermal heating, or municipal district heating. The electricity is often green, produced by wind or solar power, which also runs our Swedish trains. The charter planes that arrive in our area are using biofuel and for you who want to drive an electric car, there are charging stations in each municipality. You can also take the bike and cycle around our entire destination. During the winter, many of us love to drive snowmobiles. The most common engine is a four-stroke engine since they are more fuel-efficient and pollute less.
We shop locally and preferably locally produced and organic ingredients. All around Heart of Lapland you can find farm shops, which sell vegetables and fresh herbs. There are also local fish- and meat stores. The restaurants, hotels, and activities that serve food are using these local ingredients, often bought directly from the farmer without any middleman.