Police had gone to a snow-covered field Sunday to search for the toddler, who had disappeared from her home in Ljusdal, the Swedish news agency TT reported.
The little girl, who was barefoot and lightly dressed, had wandered off while playing with her sister in a garden behind the family's country house.
"We immediately started an extensive search as it was deemed a serious case," Paul Edenstrom of the Gavleborg county police told the Aftonbladet newspaper. "We were on our way up with helicopters from Stockholm and we had dogs and all the available police resources at hand."
Officers in a police car got a wheel stuck in a ditch and when they got out to push the vehicle they heard the child crying, picked her up and took her home -- about 2 miles away.
"She was frozen and sad, but she didn't need any medical attention. The police took her directly home to her parents," Edenstrom said. "It was really comforting for everyone that we found her."