from National Geographic text by Meghan Collins Sullivan.
The ski season begins in mid-February in Swedish Lapland, at the northern tip of the country. But there"™s a resort called RiksgrÃ¤nsen not far from the border with Norway that's open now, and it's crowded.
Its guests, though, are not skiers enjoying the slopes"”they"™re refugees fleeing conflict.
To be precise, they"™re 600 refugees from countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. One hundred of them are children. And they"™re now adjusting to life above the Arctic Circle.
"The hotel was dark and closed, but more or less clean," says Sven Kuldkepp, CEO of RiksgrÃ¤nsen. "We had two days to prepare. It went perfectly, but it was hectic."