A number of airlines have opened new flight routes this winter between the UK and Sweden.

Luleå in Lapland is set to become more popular with UK tourists, thanks to the launch of the first ever direct route from the UK. From November last year, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) launched a flight from London Heathrow every Saturday which is expected to run year-round.

West Sweden and Gothenburg are also becoming even more accessible with the launch of new routes to Sweden's west coast city this winter. New flights have been introduced from London, Manchester and Edinburgh through easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair.

easyJet  now flies twice daily from both London Gatwick and Manchester to Gothenburg Landvetter Airport; British Airways now flies from London Heathrow to Gothenburg Landvetter Airport twice daily; and Ryanair has also launched a new flight from Edinburgh to Gothenburg City Airport.

Gothenburg is within easy reach of Swedish ski resorts: Mullskjo with 33 kilometres of pistes, Isaberg with 27 kilometres of pistes, and the Ulricehamn Skicenter with three kilometres of downhill skiing, but a massive 230 kilometres of cross-country ski trails.

Luleå offers access to the Swedish ski resort of Björklidens Fjällanläggningar (420-958m). This classic Swedish resort features 15 kilometres of downhill pistes and 47 kilometres of cross-country trails. Also popular here is heli-skiing, dog-sledding, and skidoo rides.

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