A Northern Treasure

Set aside in 1996, the Laponian Area World Heritage site is one of the largest wilderness areas in Europe. Embracing four national parks and two nature reserves, the site is jointly managed by Sweden and its native Sami people, heirs of a nomadic reindeer hunting tradition millennia old.

Map of Laponian Area World Heritage Site
LAUREN C. TIERNEY, NGM STAFF. SOURCES: EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY; LA╠łNSSTYRELSEN I NORRBOTTENS LA╠łN; LARS-ANDERS BAER, SAMI PARLIAMENT, SWEDEN; WORLD DATABASE ON PROTECTED AREAS