To borrow from every grade-school geography report ever written, Sweden is a land of many contrasts. Down south in the big cities, everything (and everyone) is stylish and modern, the very embodiment of sensible design. Venture away from civilization, however, and Sweden becomes a frozen land of rugged hills, ancient Viking rune stones, and spacious skies that light up at night. This is Lapland, home to the semi-nomadic Sami, who have lived off one of the world's harshest (and gorgeous) lands for centuries. All this and a welcoming populace that treats every guest like a long-lost friend? Welcome to travel paradise.