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Flowers of Lapland in Sweden

Lapland is not only home to Santa Clause but also to beautiful flowers

Best time: mid June–early September

Flowers of Lapland
Flowers of Lapland
Flowers of Lapland
Flowers of Lapland

Well-known nature author Sten Selander writes that Swedish flora could be divided according to three mountainous regions: mountain pine forest, mountain birch forest, and mountain tundra. Low altitudes boast glacier buttercups are growing on barren rocky areas. In the areas above 1,000 meters, you can find alpine butt​erwort that is a low growing flower with a strongly developed root system. There is also a lot of moss and other low-growing flowers that usually cover the forests and tundra with a bed-like bloom. Its strong roots and small size are this plant's only chance for survival in the freezing north.​

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What is the flower population like in Lapland?

A wide variety of flowers can be found in Lapland, with some of the notable ones being glacier buttercups and alpine butterwort. These flowers have adapted to the harsh north with strong root systems and small size to help them survive. As a result, they are able to beautifully color the forests and tundra that make up Lapland. Show more

When is the peak season for observing Lapland's flowers?

In Lapland, the best months to view flowers in bloom are from mid-June up until early September. This period boasts of mild weather conditions, which allow the flora to be in its full splendor. The result is nothing short of amazing; a colorful display of flowers that are set against the tranquil Nordic expanse. Show more

How exactly do we find glacier buttercups in Lapland?

Glacier buttercups can be found flourishing in barren rocky areas that are located in the low altitudes of Lapland. These flowers have a striking contrasting effect on the rocky and rugged terrain of the region. Their vibrant look is made possible by the flowers' innate survival mechanisms that have seen them adapt to the environment over time. Show more

What accounts for the survival of flowers in Lapland's extreme cold?

The flowers in Lapland have adapted to the severe cold by possessing strong root systems and a small stature. As a result, these flowers can grow and thrive despite the unforgiving northern climate. They have evolved to take advantage of different growth resources, with the likes of glacier buttercup growing in barren rocky areas while the alpine butterwort thrives in environments above 1,000 meters. Show more

What are some examples of low-growing flowers found in Lapland's forests and tundra?

Aside from glacier buttercups and alpine butterwort, there are a plethora of tiny flowers and mosses that cover the forest floor and the tundra of Lapland. These flowers come in a variety of colors and have adapted to Lapland's severe climate conditions. Their growths are a sight to behold, each one perfectly complementing the serene Nordic scenery. Show more

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