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Kiruna in Swedish Lapland

Welcome to Kiruna, the beating heart of Swedish Lapland, home of the northern lights, the world-famous ICEHOTEL and the largest underground iron ore mine in the world!

Visit Kiruna is the one-stop shop for information you will need when visiting the Kiruna Lapland region. Take a look at our website where you will find information about transportation, accommodation and activities.

Kiruna is also the gateway to Abisko National Park, the world’s top rated aurora borealis destination where the Northern Lights can be seen nearly every clear night! Take a look at our sister company, Visit Abisko , to get a glimpse of all of the exciting tours and transfers on offer in the Abisko area.

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The red building of Kiruna church is surrounded by greenery.

Kiruna – an arctic city bathed in the Northern Lights

Kiruna – Sweden’s northernmost city – has a lot to offer. This is where to see the Northern Lights and experience the Midnight Sun. It also boasts Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain.

  • The municipality of Kiruna is larger than 50 of the countries in the world.
  • It’s home to the world’s largest underground iron-ore mine, opened in 1898 and still in use.
  • Kiruna is progressively being shifted eastwards, away from land affected by mining. Its new town centre was unveiled on 1 September 2022.

Nestling some 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Kiruna is a gem of a city that forms part of Swedish Lapland – an enormous area covering about a quarter of Sweden. Kiruna also has cultural and historical significance as part of Sápmi – the traditional home of the indigenous Sámi people – that extends beyond the national border.

An outdoor enthusiast’s dream destination, Kiruna is surrounded by varied and vast terrain – from deep forests and expansive marshes to lakes, rivers and mountains – including Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain. These landscapes are ideal for activities such as hiking, fly fishing, skiing, snowshoe walking and dog sledding.

Kiruna is fascinating from an urban perspective. This historic mining community – first established in 1900 – is undergoing a transformation due to the impact that the mining has on the area. For the mining to be able to continue, the physical lifting and shifting of buildings – and the occasional demolishing and erecting of others – is well underway.

Due to the city transformation, Kiruna Church will be moved in one piece in 2025 to a new location between the cemetery and the new city centre. The church will be closed from the summer of 2024 until the opening at the new location at the end of 2026.

Kiruna’s city centre stood ready in its new position on 1 September 2022, and Kiruna City Hall – a completely new building known as “the crystal” – was the first landmark to appear. The rest of the move is due to be completed by 2035.

There’s plenty to discover in this compelling city of transformation and if a roadtrip in Kiruna is on the agenda, you won’t have to venture far before reaching gems such as the Icehotel, Kebnekaise and Abisko – all located within the municipality.

Green northern lights shine above the entrance to the Icehotel.

Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi

The Icehotel is situated 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. It is constructed entirely from ice and contains hotel rooms, a bar and art exhibitions. Quite often, guests who go outside will catch the natural phenomena of northern lights.

Photo : Asaf Kliger/Ice Hotel

Green northern lights shine above the entrance to the Icehotel.

Abisko Nationalpark

Photo : Katja Kristoferson/Folio/

A person stands on top of a snowy mountain.

Mountain peak

Photo : Felix Oppenheim/Folio/

Skyline of a town with a large mine in the background.

Kiruna mining town

Photo : Jann Lipka/

Aurora Sky Station

Aurora Sky Station

Photo : Ted Logart/Swedish Lapland

Midnight sun in Swedish Lapland

Midnight sun in Swedish Lapland

Photo : Markus Alatalo

Kiruna and the Northern Lights

Kiruna is synonymous with the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun and other natural phenomena, not least, the Polar Night. This four-week period in December and the first few days of January sees Kiruna – and other places north of the Arctic Circle – stranded in near constant darkness. The sun doesn’t rise above the horizon but it is never pitch black, thanks to the snow, the light from the moon and the “blue hour”. Despite the name, this is a short period of some 15 minutes of twilight each day , when the sun is just below the horizon and the sky takes on a deep blue appearance.

Seeing the Northern Lights meanwhile, is an unforgettable experience. You can catch this kaleidoscopic display in various places, perhaps as part of one of the many outdoor activities setting off from the city. The Aurora Sky Station in Abisko – an hour’s drive from central Kiruna – is known as one of the best places in the world to admire it. You’ll only be able to see it when it’s dark from September to March though.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Midnight Sun is the 24/7 sunlight you get here in summertime. Plan your trip between late May and mid-July if you don’t want to miss it. You can also combine the experience with skiing as late as Midsummer in the Riksgränsen ski resort.

A person with walking poles and hiking gear walking the King's trail.

Hiking the King's Trail, Swedish Lapland

Don't forget a sturdy pair of boots and waterproof clothing during your hike on the King's Trail in Swedish Lapland.

A person with walking poles and hiking gear walking the King's trail.

Scandinavian mountains

Photo : Anders Ekholm/Folio/

Two hikers with backpacks look out over a large concrete cairn in the water with mountains in the background.

Three-Country Cairn

Photo : Jerker Andersson/

A girl is fly fishing in a river.

Fly fishing, Swedish Lapland

Photo : Ted Logard/Swedish Lapland

Dog sledding adventure

Dog sledding adventure

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An ultimate hotspot for outdoor nature activities

Take advantage of the long days by hiking along the famous King’s Trail (Kungsleden). The section extending from Abisko to Nikkaluokta takes you through the lake-studded Abisko National Park. Kebnekaise is one of the trail’s star attractions. Hikers should also consider the Three Country Cairn trail (Treriksröset), taking its name from Sweden's northernmost spot – the cairn that divides Sweden, Norway and Finland.

With thousands of lakes and numerous major rivers, Kiruna is a flyfishing paradise. The clear waters are inhabited by species such as Arctic Char, pike, whitefish, grayling and salmon. There is a range of guided fishing tours on offer – complete with fishing licence – lasting from a few hours to several days. Ice-fishing is another ideal Kiruna experience and there are activities aplenty to choose from.

As for other wintertime experiences, dog sledding is a definite highlight. Huskies are a joy to spend time with and there are various tours and activities to choose from. Set off on your own like a true musher or sit back and relax. You’ll find dog sledding information and activities here.


The Sami people have their own folk costume, the kolt. The traditionally blue costumes have at least 12 different styles and differ for men and women.

Photo : Lola Akinmade Åkerström/


Sami culture

The Kiruna Church, a wooden building with a separate bell tower, sits on a snow-clad slope.

Kiruna Church

Photo : Hans-Olof Utsi/

Kiruna City Hall exterior.

Kiruna City Hall

Photo : Henning Larsen Hufton + Crow/Kiruna Kommun

Mining in Sweden

Mining in Sweden

Photo : Sonia Jansson/

Kiruna's cultural identity – and some of the activities embracing it

The region around Kiruna known as Sápmi – the land of the Sámi people – stretches across the very north of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. Sweden’s indigenous people have inhabited the region for thousands of years. Reindeer herding is a major Sámi industry and don’t be surprised if you come across herds of these beautiful, placid animals when out in nature. If so, take care to keep your distance so as not to disturb them.

Authentic Sámi experiences are on offer courtesy of a number of hosts. Nutti Sámi Siida and Giron Reindeer, for instance, invite you to learn about reindeer herding via a range of experiences, which differ depending on season and incorporate additional aspects of Sámi culture.

Back in the city, guided tours will take you through Kiruna’s new urban landscape and continuous shifting. North Sweden Tourism , Kiruna Storytelling and Guide i Norr organise tours – all compelling and each with its own direction.

Don’t miss the opportunity to go underground to explore the LKAB mine – the world’s largest underground iron-ore mine. The tour and informative visitor centre sheds light on the mine's century-long history and current mining production – as well as its role in the city’s move and much more.

Sámi food

Cooking reindeer meat, or ‘suovas’, over an open fire during a Sámi cultural experience organised by Nutti Sámi Siida in Swedish Lapland. The company organises eco Sámi adventures all year around in Jukkasjärvi, in Swedish Lapland.

Sámi food

Reindeer meat

Photo : Pernilla Ahlsén/

Food served in front of a fireplace in a lavvu.

Stejk Street Food

Photo : Tobias Stjernström

Kiruna on a plate – local specialities and where to find them

Kiruna’s culinary identity is influenced by Sámi food traditions. Local produce and ingredients harvested from nature form an important part of the diet. Reindeer meat comes in many forms, including sausages and smoked steak, and you’ll also come across elk meat. Fish from local waters appear on many restaurant menus and be sure to try Kalix Caviar. This was the first Swedish produce to receive Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status by the EU, joining the ranks of Champagne and Stilton Cheese.

Restaurants serving up the best of the region, with sustainability front and centre, include Spill Saluhall & Eatery . This restaurant/deli offers local specialities. In a similar vein, Mommas , housed in Scandic Kiruna hotel, has a menu based on regional flavours.

Stejk Street Food offers casual dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Add an extra pinch of local flavour to the experience by taking a seat in its cosy lavvu, the Sámi equivalent of a tepee.

As for drinks, keep an eye out for brews by Kiruna Bryggeri , available in most local restaurants and bars, allowing you to complete the local experience.

Practical information before your trip to Kiruna

By train: The VY-operated night train – from Stockholm or other Swedish cities – runs two services a day. Inlandsbanan , another train operator, will take you through Swedish Lapland during summer.

By car: Drivers will find a well-developed road network. The Swedish main roads are E4, E10 and E45.

By plane: Kiruna Airport (KRN) is the region’s main hub for those arriving by air.

The local bus network is operated by Kiruna Lokaltrafik and there are services taking you to places further out, such as Aurora Sky Station, Nikkaluokta, Abisko and the national border (Riksgränsen).

Travelling by hire car is a good idea and roads are generally well-maintained.

Contemporary and stylish, Scandic Kiruna is located in the new part of the city. Its sky bar is a hit with guests and locals alike.

Family owned Camp Ripan offers cabins with private entrances and a sustainable spa.

The cosy Arctic Gourmet Cabin lodging comes complete with a personal chef.

Fishing enthusiasts will find two camps in the region, Tjuonajokk and Rostujávri .

Further accommodation options can be found here .

Icehotel is a year-round hub offering activities such as river rafting and a Northern Lights dinner experience .

Purchase a piece of local handicraft at Sven Hörnell or Ateljé Nord, and head to Hedla for craft-based souvenirs and deli product.

The annual snow festival (Snöfestivalen) is held the last week of January, offering activities from dog sledding to reindeer racing. Its crowning glory is perhaps the Kiruna International Snow Sculpture Competition.

Or get on your skis – there are four ski resorts in the area, including Abisko and the city-near Luossavaara.

Husky Home offers a four-hour family dog sledding experience, inviting children to cuddle with the friendly huskies before setting off across the snow.

Kåppasjokka cave – one of Sweden’s longest cave systems – provides an adventure based on a tour suitable for kids aged 10 or over.

A climb up to the city mountain Luossavaara is a popular option, giving little ones a sense of achievement.

A hotel sky bar decorated in beige and warm rust-red tones. Large windows show a snow-covered landscape.

Scandic Kiruna, Swedish Lapland

Admire the beautiful surroundings from Scandic Kiruna's sky bar. The hotel is located in the city’s new downtown district and is inspired by Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise.

Photo : Scandic Hotels

A hotel sky bar decorated in beige and warm rust-red tones. Large windows show a snow-covered landscape.

Camp Ripan, Kiruna

Photo : Jonas Sundberg/Camp Ripan

Five people with skis are on their way up a snow-covered mountain.

Skiing, Riksgränsen

Photo : Lapland Resorts/Matti Rapila

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Kiruna in Lapland

Visit Kiruna the most northerly town in Sweden, famous for the Jukkasjarvi Icehotel.

The landscape around Kiruna in Sweden is beautiful, changing from crystal clear lakes and streaming rivers to rugged mountains.

The local Sami people

Are you interested in local traditions, culture and history, Kiruna offers a unique experience. The Sami people, the northernmost indigenous people of Europe, still live here. Take part in the Sami traditions, and activities and learn about their languages, culture and customs that differ from the societies around them.

Stay at an ice hotel in Kiruna

Kiruna is one of the best Northern Lights destinations in Sweden and the Nordic countries. During the Northern Lights season, tourists arrive from all over the world to explore the unique lights.

The highlight nearby Kiruna is the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi ,  where you can sleep on an ice bed wearing warm reindeer skins throughout the Winter. Kiruna has the world`s largest underground iron ore mine, which people can now visit the LKAB Visitor Centre.

Kiruna is a highlight for fishing fans because of the streaming rivers and 6200 lakes. Try your luck in Lake Luossajarvi in the city centre, or why not experience ice fishing on a winter day for the first time. What about going downhill skiing under the Midnight Sun or dogsledding in the polar night? If you are into climbing, Kiruna has a beautiful and exciting challenge for you: climb Kebnekaise, the highest mountain in Sweden. You will never be bored whenever you visit Kiruna in Norway in the Summer or Winter, local tour operators offer all kinds of activities and adventures.   

Rare earth oxides in the underground

Swedish state-owned mining company LKAB on Thursday, 12 January 2023, published that it had identified more than 1 million tonnes of rare earth oxides in the Kiruna area. It is the largest known such deposit in Europe and very important for green development in the future.

Rare earth minerals are essential to many high-tech manufacturing processes and are used in electric vehicles, wind turbines, portable electronics, microphones and speakers.

Travel to Kiruna

Travelling to Kiruna is relatively easy, though it`s far north in Sweden.

You can fly to Kiruna from Stockholm in 90 minutes. Every day all year round, there are usually 2-3 direct flights from the international airport in Stockholm , Arlanda, as with SAS and Norwegian airlines.  

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Tourist’s guide to Kiruna – Sweden’s northernmost city

The city of Kiruna is an industrial town in Sweden, which appeared on the map in 1900. And even if it is not striking in size, numerous historical sights and warm weather, its primeval property remains pristine northern nature, clean fresh air and a measured rhythm of life.

City of Kiruna

General information

Coat of arms of the city of Kiruna

Kiruna is the northernmost point of Sweden, located near the Finnish and Norwegian borders (Lapland, Norrbotten County). Its name comes from Giron, which in Sami means “snow-white bird.” By the way, she not only gave the city her name, but also settled on its coat of arms along with the iron sign, symbolizing a well-developed mining sector.

Kiruna is a small (15.92 sq. Km.) And relatively young city, whose age is just over 100 years, and the population does not exceed 25 thousand people. However, this does not prevent him from remaining one of the most developed and popular tourist destinations in Sweden. There is an airport, highways, and a railway connection connecting Kiruna not only with Stockholm, but also with other settlements of the country.

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Northern Lights

The main distinguishing feature of this harsh town is its close proximity to the north pole, due to which truly unique natural phenomena can be observed in Kiruna. So, from May to July, the city stays in the zone of the polar day, and from the beginning of December to the end of January, a quiet polar night reigns here, the darkness of which the northern lights dilute with amazing beauty. It is precisely because of him that thousands of tourists flock to this snowy region every year. To satisfy the needs of all comers, tour operators organize weekly tours that allow not only to see a grandiose natural phenomenon, but also to come close to the life of the peoples of the North.

Dog sledding

Available in Kiruna and other fun. Due to the dense snow cover and stable weather, truly winter activities are especially popular here – snowmobiling, dog sledding, skiing and creating sculptures from snow blocks. If you wish, you can visit the Sami settlements, go to the space center, dine under the starry sky, drive a car along the ice track, watch wild moose or go horseback riding. Thanks to this, Kiruna is often called the winter capital of Europe. In addition, the city has several cafes and restaurants, as well as a huge shopping center where you can buy everything from groceries to souvenirs.

The city of Kiruna cannot boast of a large number of attractions, but, believe me, those that are will make you admire.

Church of Kiruna

To visit Kiruna and pass by the oldest city monument is simply impossible. A wooden parish church or church, as locals call it, was built in the early 20th century in the style of Norwegian church architecture. The author of the project was the famous architect Gustav Wickmann, who decided to give the temple the shape of a tent or Sami yurt. The interior design of the shrine was handled by Prince Eugene himself, the uncle of the current king and a successful landscape painter, whose numerous works can be seen in the main art galleries of the country. But the construction of the facade “laid on the shoulders” of the Swedish football player Christian Ericsson. Today, Kiruna Kyrka is considered one of the largest and most beautiful wooden buildings in all of Sweden.

Kiruna Kyrka

Address: Kyrkogatan 8, Kiruna 981 22, Sweden.

The frosty weather prevailing in Kiruna most of the year should not prevent visiting another city attraction – underground mines. The main brainchild of the mining concern LKAB’s Visitor Center in a day produces so much ore that it would be enough to build 6 Eiffel towers. For a year it makes 30 million tons!

Iron Ore Mines

But even if you do not want to personally go down to the mine, you will surely hear echoes of explosions that are heard shortly after midnight and lasting no more than half an hour. Do not be afraid, this is not the tricks of the weather and the beginning of hostilities, but just the result of the work of miners. Unfortunately, such devotion to their work could not but affect the appearance of the city – most of the streets of Kiruna in Sweden are covered with huge cracks, because of which local residents have to urgently leave their homes. And not so long ago, information appeared in the press that all houses, which are the cultural heritage of the country, will be moved to safer places. In accordance with the new plan, the move will take place gradually and will last until 2033. At the site of demolished buildings will appear a park that separates the city from industrial areas.

Address: 17 Lars Janssonsgatan, Kiruna 981 31, Sweden.

Designed by Arthur von Schma-Lenze, the Kiruna Stadshuset is considered the most famous building in Kiruna. Unlike most typical buildings, this town hall has a rather unusual interior decoration. The floor in it is made of expensive Italian mosaics, the door handles are made of birch and deer horns, and the walls are faced with Dutch handmade bricks and pine, brought from the Pacific countries.

City Hall

Currently, the city administration and several permanent art exhibitions are located in Stadshuset. And here you can see the layout of the new city, which shows the approximate date of the transfer of certain buildings.

Address: 31 Hjalmar Lundbohmsvaegen, Kiruna 981 36, Sweden.

Not every tourist city can boast of having a real Ice hotel, and in Kiruna it is considered almost the most important attraction. Located 18 km from the city center, Ice hotel is one of Sweden’s most famous and most visited destinations.

Ice hotel

The hotel, made of pure snow and ice, has about 80 rooms. Not only is each of them decorated according to an individual design project, but also the furniture here is carved by the hands of famous world artists. Naturally, the temperature inside is quite low (no more than + 9C), so visitors are given extra winter clothes.

One of the premises of the Ice Hotel

Guests of the Ice hotel have a unique opportunity to spend the night on Carpe Diem beach, the entire territory of which is covered with deer skins. At dawn, they can move into a comfortable room with a plasma TV, cable channels, a bathroom, a dining area and free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Swedish dishes made with local produce.

Comfortable room

Visitors have at their disposal a warm lounge area, where you can enjoy hot drinks and snacks, and Icebar, which offers cocktails in ice cream glasses. Among the attractions include free half-hour excursions, rafting, fishing, snowmobile tours, fishing and hiking.

Icebar Ice Hotel

The ideal time to visit the Ice hotel is from December to April. In other months, you may just not see him! The fact is that due to seasonal changes in the weather, the hotel is rebuilt every time. To do this, the best craftsmen, designers and architects come to a village lost in the vastness of Lapland. Thanks to them, ordinary ice blocks turn into a real work of art. The cost of one night stay at Ice hotel is 130 EUR. A shuttle service and a sauna with a hot tub and a wood-burning bath are available at a surcharge.

Address: Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

How to get to Kiruna?

Airport in Kiruna

There are several ways to get to Kiruna. Firstly, in Kiruna there is an airport that receives planes from the Swedish capital, Stockholm. From there, taxis go to the city, requesting from 17 to 35 EUR, and buses arriving at the terminal upon arrival of the flight. The fare is about 12 EUR. Secondly, trains depart from Kiruna railway station to many cities not only in Sweden, but also in neighboring Norway.

The city of Kiruna is not only beautiful, but also a truly magical corner. Here, each of you will be able to feel like a hero of Andersen’s fairy tale and immerse yourself in the heady atmosphere of quiet polar nights. And let the cold weather be only a minor obstacle to a great vacation!

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Kiruna (Sami: Giron ) in Norrbotten County is Sweden 's northernmost city and home to 18,000 citizens. It is the centre of Kiruna Municipality , Kiruna kommun , which also includes several small villages, resorts and settlements scattered around a large wilderness area.

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Kiruna houses the largest underground mine (iron ore) in the world, and is also known for the space research (the space centre is beyond Jukkasjärvi ), the Sámi culture , the long winters, the modern town planning, the beautiful church and town hall, and the easy access to the wilderness and adventures of northern Lapland.

At N67°49'48'' latitude, Kiruna is about 145 km north of the Arctic Circle , making it possible to experience the midnight sun and polar night there; the sun shines 24 hours a day from roughly the last week of May until the middle of July. From the first week of December until the second week of January, the sun never rises above Kiruna's horizon.

Kiruna's iron mine makes up a piece of the 500-kilometre-long Norrbotten Megasystem . The mining has caused subsidence near the town. As of the 2020s, old buildings are abandoned and demolished, and a new central district is being built 3 kilometres to the east – the town is "moving".

In 2013 some of the infrastructure for the new centre was ready and the last train left the old train station, in 2018 the new town hall was ready and the old town hall demolished in 2019. A park between the mine and the new centre will serve as a buffer.

Tourist office

  • 67.856346 20.22538 1 Kiruna in Swedish Lapland , Lars Janssonsgatan 17 , ☏ +46 980-188 80 , [email protected] . M-F 08:30-17:00, Sa 09:00-16:00 . ( updated Sep 2017 )


SAS has direct flights from Stockholm ( Arlanda ) and Umeå . Also Norwegian Air Shuttle has direct flights from Arlanda.

The small 67.825812 20.335307 1 Kiruna Airport is a few kilometers outside the city centre. An airport bus service to the city center serves all arrivals and departures at the airport. Another option is a taxi, which should be reserved, otherwise you risk waiting a long time. Another, more hardcore option is to walk 3 km from the airport (there is only one road) until you reach the E10 highway, and take bus 501 [dead link] from the stop near the crossing. It runs many times during weekdays, a few times in the weekends. Hitchhiking is also easier from that spot than from the airport.

Vy operates two daily night trains, from Gothenburg and Stockholm , continuing north along the Baltic coastline, passing cities like Uppsala , Gävle and Boden , where sometimes a change of trains is required to get to Kiruna (otherwise you'll end up in Luleå ). The travel time from Stockholm is about 17 hours. Some trains continue the scenic route to Abisko and Narvik .

Two types of sleeping cars are available, liggvagn with six seats/beds in each compartment and the slightly more expensive sovvagn with 2–3 (softer) beds. Cheapskates might try out sittvagn , but 17 hours in a seat is not a pleasant experience. An onboard restaurant serves dinner and breakfast, it also doubles as a bar during the evening. However prices are high. Bringing your own food is allowed, but consuming alcohol is not (although the enforcement is quite lax).

Due to the destruction of the town centre by spreading of mining areas, the 67.868362 20.199504 2 Kiruna train station moved in September 2013 and is no longer in the city centre, but several kilometres away. Free shuttle buses are available to and from the bus station, with times fitted to train timetables and advertised at the bus station, the train station, and the municipal website [dead link] . The bus station is very close to the town centre. At the train station, information boards inform about the region but neither a ticket vending machines nor Wi-Fi are available, so you either have to buy tickets via mobile network or before going to the train station or for a 55 kr higher price on board.

Long distance buses serve towns and cities in Norrbotten County, such as Luleå , Gällivare , Jokkmokk , and Haparanda . Regional buses connect to Kebnekaise and Nikkaluokta , and other places.

  • 67.8523 20.2229 3 Kiruna bus station ( near the city centre ). ( updated Nov 2019 )

Kiruna is on the E10 , which is considered to be one of Sweden's most scenic roads.

It is possible to rent a car and drive to Kiruna, but it is very far away from all other major cities, the roads are quite narrow, and often not in a good shape. Due to weather conditions and the frequency of wildlife such as hares, reindeer and moose on the road, the trip can be a bit more interesting than bargained for.

The road distances from Kiruna are: Gällivare (closest city) 115 km, Narvik 178 km, Luleå 344 km, Umeå 600 km, Stockholm 1240 km.

The city is small, and most attractions are within walking distance. Still, be sure to dress for the season, even for a short walk.

As of 2019, roads are occasionally blocked for building relocation.

  • Taxi Kiruna , ☏ +46 980-120 20 , [email protected] .  
  • Kiruna buses (Lanstrafiken Norbotten) , ☏ +46 20771-100 110 .  

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The Northern Lights are regularly visible in Kiruna during winter. A small walk into the nearest forest, so as to get rid of the city lights, notably improves the visibility.

  • 67.847504 20.22288 1 [formerly dead link] Hjalmar Lundbohms­gården , Ingenjörsgatan 2 , ☏ +46 980-701 10 . Hjalmar Lundbohm was the first manager for the mining company LKAB that is the reason why the city of Kiruna was built in the first place. This museum in his old office and home is dedicated to the early days of Kiruna and the startup of LKAB and the building of the rail road Kiruna-Narvik. 30 kr .  
  • 67.852611 20.222389 3 Kiruna stadshus ( The City Hall ). Open daily . Stadshuset is another landmark of Kiruna, it houses the local government and often hosts various exhibitions. It also has a small but quite well renowned art collection of famous Swedish artists. Free entry .  
  • 67.86078 20.219371 4 [formerly dead link] Samegården , Brytaregatan 14 , ☏ +46 980-170 29 . This hotel also hosts a small museum about Sami culture . ( updated Sep 2017 )
  • Sámi theatre ( Giron Sámi Teáhter ), Thulegatan 24B , [email protected] . Professional theatre working based on the Sámi culture and identity, promoting the Sámi languages by raising current issues. ( updated Dec 2017 )
  • 67.875491 20.222301 5 Luossavaara ( Walk (2 km from midtown) or bus to Föraregatan bus stop ). A hill with a beautiful view over Kiruna and the mountains. In winter and spring alpine skiing with ski lifts. ( updated Mar 2021 )

There are many things to do around the Kiruna area if you like outdoor activities and wilderness adventures. Many companies offer the same or very similar packages, here a list of popular and common activities can be found, sorted by season. Some other activities are also available. Pollution of the wilderness (and the city) is not appreciated; it's illegal in Sweden to litter. So be sure to not leave trash behind you in the fells, etc. It also keeps the environment in its best condition.

  • 67.856349 20.225415 1 Folkets hus , Lars Janssonsgatan 17 . A community centre with a cinema and a theatre. ( updated Sep 2017 )
  • 67.850854 20.196432 2 Kiruna mine ( LKAB Visitor Center ), Kiruna ( the tour starts at the main square at the tourist information centre ). Almost 3-hour guided tour to the iron mine takes you to the mininge company's (LKAB) visitor centre 540 metres underground. The history, as well as ongoing mining operations and Kiruna town moving due to the mine subsidence, effecting large parts of the city, is discussed. The tour can be booked in the information centre or online. The mine is part of the Norrbotten Megasystem , a 500-kilometre long industrial cluster. 410 kr per person . ( updated Jun 2021 )
  • Wilderness safaris
  • Northern Lights tours. A short walk into the forest away from the city is enough to observe auroras without light pollution.
  • Snow mobile excursions
  • Dog sled tour
  • Cross country skiing or snowshoe tours
  • Backpacking by ski or snow shoes, often multiple days from mountain hut to mountain hut, e.g. along Kungsleden
  • Downhill snowsports at 67.872725 20.211081 3 Luossabacken . ( updated Mar 2021 ) , the city's abandoned mine. The slope is 2 km walking from the center, and local buses drop you 5 minutes away from it. Ski equipment can be rented.
  • Ice-fishing
  • Tour to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
  • River rafting
  • Orienteering
  • Gold digging

Special events

  • Kiruna Snow Festival [dead link] ( Snöfestivalen ) in January.
  • The winter market [formerly dead link] - One weekend in February.
  • The Kiruna festival ( Kirunafestivalen ) - A cultural and musical festival around June-July.
  • FjällRäven Classic [dead link] : A 110-km hiking tour in the first and second week of August
  • The autumn market [dead link] - In early September.
  • Arctic Light Film Festival (commonly: Filmfestivalen ) in mid November.
  • Stora COOP , Österleden 12 . Daily 08:00 - 22:00 . The biggest food store in Kiruna. Includes a pharmacy, an electronics store and a burger restaurant. (These shops are separate, with more limited opening hours.) Quite a walk from the city centre. Few local buses are available. ( updated Nov 2019 )
  • [dead link] ICA Kvantum , Österleden 2 ( Quite a walk from city centre. Local buses are an option. ). Daily 08:00 - 22:00 .  
  • ICA Nära Östlunds , Hjalmar Lundbohmsvägen 72 . M-F 08:00 - 20:00, Sa Su 10:00 - 20:00 . Small local store, but with a good selection. The closest food store from city centre and the camping grounds. ( updated Nov 2019 )
  • Several smaller COOP and ICA stores spread out around the city.
  • Several gas stations with long opening hours
  • Sport shops like Höjdmeter or Intersport (the store in the city centre is limited to clothing while the one next to COOP has the full range) sell (and some also rent out) alpine, cross country or backcountry ski equipment as well as equipment for other sports and clothing - especially useful if you did not bring along (enough) for the rather cold winter temperatures. Also tour operators like Camp Ripan (see in section "Sleep") or Kiruna Guidetur rent out ski equipment and very warm winter clothing they do not need for their guests. The choice is quite good for a small town.

Don't miss any of the local specialities consisting of various forms of reindeer meat that can be found in almost any diner; there is everything from simple reindeer kebab, and sandwiches with reindeer meat to luxurious reindeer dishes at the fanciest restaurants. Also salmon, moose, other fish and animals "from the wild" can be seen as specialities.

  • 67.860294 20.224697 1 Arctic Thai & Grill , Föraregatan 18 ( Under the Hotel Arctic Eden ), ☏ +46 980-681 58 . 10:00–21:00 . A restaurant that serves burgers and Thai food. If you are in Kiruna on a Sunday, this is one of the few places that is likely to be open.  
  • 67.854581 20.231518 2 La Guna , Mangigatan 26 , ☏ +46 980-130 00 . F 10:30–23:00; Sa 12:00–23:00; Su 12:00–21:00; M-Th 10:30–21:00 . ( updated Aug 2017 )
  • 67.854525 20.2269 3 Landströms Kök & Bar , Föreningsgatan 11 , ☏ +46 980-133 55 .  
  • 67.854779 20.228179 4 The Bishops Arms , Föreningsgatan 6 , ☏ +46 980-155 00 .  

Let's face it, the nightlife in Kiruna is hardly award winning in any way. It is a rather small city that does not offer great variety. The crowds going out are most usually the same people from time to time, and the chances are quite high that most locals going out already know each other, if not as friends then at least by name and/or face. This is both a blessing and a curse, depending on circumstances. People tend to drink quite heavily and some are reluctant to talk to strangers, but some would love to, don't give up!

However, this does not mean that going out in Kiruna is not fun. Sure after a few times it starts to feel a bit repetitive (which might not always be bad) but going out a night or two can often be quite fun, just don't expect too much, take it as it is, ignore things that bother you and enjoy the night.

Friday and Saturday are the main days for going out, but Wednesdays ("little Saturday") can sometimes get lively as well.

The waterholes include Bishop Arms, a lively pub with good food and a wide selection of beer, and Landströms, a more upscale restaurant that turns into a younger crowd bar late Friday and Saturdays.

Night clubs

  • 67.854596 20.225567 1 Royal , Föreningsgatan 9 , ☏ +46 980-185 00 . For the younger crowd and thus often a little bit noisier. Sometimes they also have 30+ nights. ( updated Sep 2017 )
  • 67.856437 20.224355 2 Scandic Ferrum , Lars Janssonsgatan 15 , ☏ +46 980-39 86 00 . Used to be the main nightclub in town. These days limited opening times, with a separate smaller bar and a pool table, open daily, inside the Ferrum hotel lobby.  

Kiruna offers many opportunities for a good nights sleep despite its small size.

  • 67.860701 20.240582 1 Camp Ripan , Campingvägen 5 , ☏ +46 980-630 00 . Cabins, caravan parking, restaurant, activities.  
  • 67.858835 20.22888 2 Yellowhouse , Hantverkaregatan 25 , ☏ +46 980-137 50 . From 170 kr/night .  
  • 67.857576 20.217999 3 [dead link] Tommys House , Lars Janssonsgatan 2 , ☏ +46 70 691 35 61 . Check-in: 14:00 , check-out: 12:00 . 3 rooms, kitchen, livingroom, WC and bathroom. 200 m from city centre. Walking distance to all the shops, restaurants and attractions. 275 kr/night, students 250 kr, bed linens for 50 kr (no sleeping bags allowed) .  
  • 67.852001 20.247502 4 68 degrees bed & breakfast , Tvärgatan 8 , ☏ +46 73-073 32 90 . From 950 kr .  
  • 67.86078 20.219371 5 [formerly dead link] Hotell Samegården , Brytaregatan 14 , ☏ +46 980-170 29 . Hotel and Sami museum .  
  • 67.856064 20.217876 6 Hotell Vinterpalatset , Järnvägsgatan 18 , ☏ +46 980-677 70 , [email protected] . Has sauna, restaurant, free Wi-Fi.  
  • 67.860114 20.223054 7 Hotel Arctic Eden , Föraregatan 18 , ☏ +46 980-611 86 , [email protected] . Offers sauna, massage, outdoor hot tub. Has restaurant and bar. Wi-Fi included.  
  • 67.848567 20.305116 8 Scandic Kiruna , Stadshustorget 11 . A hotel which opened in 2022 to replace the dismantled Ferrum hotel.  
  • Jukkasjärvi is famous for the Ice Hotel; the Esrange Space Center is a bit farther yet.
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  • Riksgränsen ski resort
  • Kebnekaise and Nikkaluokta
  • Laponia national park
  • The railway to the port town of Narvik in Norway offers excellent views year-round.

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Feel like you´re at the top of the world at the northernmost city in Sweden

On your visit to Swedish Lapland, you’ll find plenty to explore in the ever-changing city of Kiruna.

This city was founded over 100 years ago and it has the largest underground iron ore mine in the world. In 2014, the city authorities decided to expand the mine under Kiruna’s town centre. This project meant that Kiruna’s town centre needed to move completely, a few kilometres to the east!

Explore the remaining buildings of the old town, some of which are being prepared to be moved whole into the new town. The wooden Kiruna Church is one of the largest wooden buildings in Sweden. In the new city centre, officially opened in 2022, discover the “Kristallen” (“the crystal”), Kiruna’s new city hall.

Of course, apart from the interesting urban development, this city has plenty of its own culture to offer. Sample traditional Swedish Lapland food in a cosy restaurant and explore the snow-blanketed streets. During winter Kiruna gets very little sunlight, giving it an enchanting wintry atmosphere.

You can also visit the mine on a guided tour to see its incredible size and scope.


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Some 200km north of Arctic Circle, the brooding outpost of Kiruna (known as Giron in Northern Sami) is Sweden’s northernmost city. It’s one of the best bases for travellers wanting to explore rural Lapland and has some intriguing tales of its own, having recently gained worldwide fame as ‘the city that’s being moved’.

The Sami have inhabited the region around Kiruna for millennia, but it wasn’t until the early 1900s that the modern city began to take shape, with thousands of people flocking to join a mining rush. The catalyst for Kiruna’s population boom was iron ore, which runs below the frozen ground in a thick, rich seam. Work to extract the ore has expanded to such an extent that Kiruna now has the world’s biggest underground iron mine – though it’s very obvious above ground too.

Indeed, the mine is so big that it dwarfs the rest of the city, and seems to loom on the horizon at every turn. While the mine brings in huge profits for the Swedish state and creates hundreds of jobs (LKAB, which runs the mine, is one of the region’s biggest employers), it also creates big problems. The most pressing issue is that decades of intensive mining have created deep cracks beneath Kiruna, and now the whole city centre is at risk of falling into the abyss. Locals regularly complain of hearing late-night explosions as miners blast their way through the bedrock to reach new iron.

Simply put, Kiruna can’t live with the mine, but it can’t live without it either. The only hope is to move Kiruna – apartments, hotels, public buildings and all – to a completely new location. Between now and 2035, the whole city centre will be shifted a couple of kilometres to the east. Some of the better-known buildings, such as the city’s beautiful wooden church, will be dismantled and moved across town. Others will just be knocked down.

LKAB has already started buying up chunks of the existing city centre, and we’ve spoken to locals who’ve decided that they’d rather move away from Kiruna for good than see their property get torn down. The result of all this is that the town can feel a bit depressing, especially during winter, but it’s an undeniably fascinating experience to wander past the 1950s shop fronts in the city centre, knowing that they won’t be around for much longer.

And there are definite advantages to staying in Kiruna. The city has very good transport connections, both west towards Abisko and the Norwegian border and south into the rest of Sweden, and there are some decent accommodation options – though a few of Kiruna’s hotels are already slated for demolition.

Many travellers visiting the northernmost part of Sweden opt to fly to Kiruna, spend a night in town, and then proceed on to the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi , about 17km east. The abundance of tour guides working around Kiruna means that it’s easy to arrange all manner of outdoor activities here, from hiking and fishing in summer to dog-sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing during winter. Get just a few kilometres away from the city centre’s light pollution and – on a clear night – your chances of seeing the northern lights are pretty good. In summer, of course, it’s light right around the clock.

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Visiting Kiruna In Winter? 21 EPIC Things To Do In Kiruna In Winter

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Posted on Last updated: November 22, 2022

Will you be heading to Kiruna in Sweden this winter? Then read here what you absolutely should not miss in Kiruna during the winter.

Kiruna is located in the heart of Swedish Lapland. In winter you are here in a fairytale landscape where you expect to bump into Santa Claus every minute.

There are thick packs of snow that crunch blissfully under your feet during a winter morning walk and the trees are all nicely wrapped with a beautiful white blanket.

Sounds fantastic right? However, that’s just the beginning.

What makes a trip to Kiruna during the winter really incredible are the activities you can do there. A dog sled trip, seeing the northern lights, or a ride on a snowmobile, ….. 1 for 1 experiences that you will talk about for a long time to come.

Read here what you absolutely must not miss during a holiday in Kiruna in winter.

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Best Things To Do In Kiruna In Winter

Here’s our selection of the most amazing Kiruna winter activities.

Visiting the ice hotel is a must while being in Kiruna in winter

Visit The Ice Hotel In Swedish Lapland

Each year from the moment the Jukkasjärvi river freezes over, the owners of the ice hotel start with the construction of a new edition with a lot of grandeur. Every year they try to outdo the previous year’s hotel.

Artists from all over the world are invited to make ice sculptures and all rooms and public areas are lavishly decorated.

The artists give each room a unique interpretation, so no 2 rooms are the same.

The beautiful ice sculptures in the rooms.

What You Need To Know

The ice hotel is a real hotel where you can stay overnight, but you can also view all the rooms as a visitor.

Dress warmly because it is obviously quite cold in the hotel. After you have visited all the beautiful rooms, you can warm up with a drink at the ice bar.

What Others Are Saying

Everyone agrees that the ice hotel is a fantastic experience. Only the beautiful ice sculptures make a visit to the ice hotel worthwhile.

They offer both cold as well as warm rooms. The cold rooms are those in the ice hotel itself.

So-called warm rooms are regular hotel rooms in a separate building. Staying in one of those is of course not nearly as unique.

The cold rooms are however not ideal for multi-day stays. If you’re looking for a multi-day stay you may want to book a warm room for the extra days.

Check prices and availability:

Marknadsvägen 63, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

The entrance of the Sami village in Kiruna

Visit The Sami Village – Nutti Sámi Siida

The Sami still have a special status in Lapland.

Despite the fact that some now have normal jobs, there are still many who are engaged in traditional activities such as reindeer breeding.

Did you know that this is a protected activity that can only be done by the Sami?

If you want to learn more about the original inhabitants of Lapland, a visit to this Sami village is recommended.

You will learn about their culture, their unique religion, and of course, you will also encounter reindeer.

You will learn all kinds of things about the Sami that are sure to surprise you.

This Sámi museum is within walking distance of the ice hotel. You can also come here for a traditional lunch of reindeer or fish.

The cafe/restaurant is a cozy place to have lunch and children find it a lot of fun to feed the reindeer.

Marknadsvägen 2, 981 91 Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

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The ultimate Christmas feeling: go for a ride in a reindeer sleigh

If the snowy landscape makes you dream of a white Christmas, a sleigh ride with a reindeer is the icing on the cake. Here you can really feel like Santa Claus as you whiz through the trees with your sleigh.

The excursion is offered by Sami and during this tour, you will also learn a lot about their way of life. It is highly recommended!

The Sami are a fairly closed ethnic minority and this tour is a unique opportunity to spend a day among them.

You go to a real Sami village and as you spend some hours among them you get a good feeling of their day-to-day activities.

Of course, the reindeer sleigh ride itself is also a unique experience.

There are few tours like this one and it is only offered on select days in small groups.

This makes availability rare. To avoid disappointment it’s best to book well in advance.

Feeding the reindeer and the sleigh ride are loads of fun.

The tour is done with a small group and the Sami are very friendly and welcoming.

They tell endlessly and with great passion about their way of life.

Check prices and availability: Reindeer herder tour

Seeing the northern lights is a must-do in Kiruna in the winter

Admire The Northern Lights

This will probably top many travelers’ bucket lists when they go to Lapland. The Northern Lights are indeed something magical.

In the Sami religion, it is still attributed to the gods and now that we have seen it ourselves I believe that without a scientific explanation you do not know what is going on above your head.

The dancing green shadows are an impressive sight. Knowing the scientific explanation we truly enjoyed the spectacle but I can understand how it can be terrifying if you’re unaware of their origin.

Seeing the Northern Lights is a truly unique experience.

There are many cloudy days during the winter in Lapland but even on clear days, the Northern Lights are not always visible.

This is related to solar activity, the more active the sun has been the easier it is to see the Northern Lights.

You have the best chance of seeing it at a place with little light pollution because then you might already see the green wisps dancing through the air on days with little activity.

The more light pollution there is, the more active the Northern Lights must become to be visible.

If you stay in a lodge in the middle of nature, you can probably see it from the lodge.

If you’re staying in Kiruna, or on the outskirts of town, it’s best to drive a little further from town to increase your chances.

If you don’t have a rental car, you can book a tour.

These tours will take you to a beautiful remote place, very often a lakeshore, from where you should be able to see the magical spectacle.

In addition, a tour also provides a place to warm up and some snacks and drinks.

Do you want beautiful pictures of the Northern Lights but don’t know how? Then you can book a photo tour. You will then receive a camera with all the correct settings. Here you can read our in-depth review.

The only thing you need to bring yourself is an SD card to take your lifetime memories home.

Nobody can guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights, not even the best tour, but all people that have been on a tour are enthusiastic about their experience.

Check prices and availability:

Northern Lights tour

Photography tour (from Abisko)

For a complete post about seeing the Northern Lights in Kiruna, click here. For an overview or more Kiruna Northern Lights tour, click here.

Hiking around an across the frozen lakes is a great thing to do in Kiruna in the winter

Enjoy Great Winter Hikes

The beautiful landscape of Kiruna invites you to take some nice winter walks.

A must-do hike is the Midnight Sun Trail.

It starts at Camp Ripan and winds around the cross-country trails before making its way up the mountain.

You have beautiful 360-degree views along the way.

Once you start the descent at the other side of the mountain you can watch the local skiers perform their tricks on the jumps of the Luossabacken ski area.

From this side of the mountain, you also have a beautiful view of the city.

The awe-inspiring 360-degree views from the top of the mountain.

The trail is about 7 kilometers. Be sure to dress warmly, preferably in layers. There is often a cold wind at the top of the mountain.

Snowshoes are a must for this hike.

While the trail is usually groomed for the first kilometers it is not groomed completely.

When you get higher up the mountain you will get knee-deep in the snow without snowshoes.

The midnight sun trail gets its name because this walk leads past fantastic viewpoints to enjoy this natural phenomenon.

Hikers do however agree that the hike is worth doing during all seasons.

People speak of vistas that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The trail starts right next to Camp Ripan : Campingvägen 5, 981 35 Kiruna, Sweden

Riding a dog sled is a great thing to do in Kiruna in the winter

Ride Your Own Dog Sled

This was the absolute highlight of our trip.

If you experience the enthusiasm from these huskie dogs, you can’t help but put a smile on your face.

As soon as the dogs notice that they are going to go for a ride, they start jumping and barking. You can tell that they look forward to the excursion as much as you do.

You can choose to come along as a passenger, but there are also tours where you can drive your own dog sled.

We went as a passenger a few years ago in Banff (Canada) and found it disappointing, therefore this time we opted for a tour where we would be the drivers.

The difference is huge and it makes the experience much more fun. We definitely recommend going as a driver.

It gives an incredible thrill to explore the snowy landscape with a dog sled.

No real steering skills are required to drive your own dog sled.

In the corners, you have to slightly lean into the corner and the sled is equipped with two brakes that you will have to use if you go too fast or get too close to the person in front of you.

There may be some uphill sections where you need to help the dogs a little although my pack never had any problems going uphill.

Instead, I needed to brake because I always caught up with the person in front of me.

Your tour guide will demonstrate everything before you head off to explore the polar landscape with your dogs.

Many tours will only allow you to go as a passenger, so be sure to book enough in advance not to miss this wonderful experience.

We did this tour in Abisko. Here you can read our complete review of our dog sledding tour in Abisko.

Below we share a well-rated tour from Kiruna and the one we did in Abisko that we can absolutely recommend.

We still speak in superlatives about our experience and in the reviews, you also only read positive reactions.

Everyone agrees that it is a unique experience to explore this beautiful landscape with these adorable dogs.

Dog sled tour Kiruna

Dog sled tour Abisko

If you want something even more special, you could also opt for an overnight dog sledding tour.

You will be driving your own dog sled, enjoy a 3-course meal and spend the night in a winter cabin. If you are lucky, you might even spot the Northern Lights. This sounds like an unforgettable experience and is still on our bucket list.

Check prices and availability: Overnight Dog Sledding Tour

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Swedish Lapland is largely flat, but that doesn’t stop the Swedes from going skiing.

The few mountains that exist are equipped with ski lifts and ski slopes.

The ski areas are small compared to those in the Alps, but certainly large enough for a day of skiing fun during your trip.

The ski area of Luossabacken is adjacent to Kiruna, you can see the mountain from all over the city.

Here are 4 ski slopes and both chair and drag lifts.

Further up north is Abisko where there is also 1 slope and many opportunities for off-piste skiing.

Another 10 minutes further north is the ski area of Björkliden with 23 slopes and 5 lifts.

However, the Swedes themselves love Riksgränsen the most. Riksgränsen borders Norway in the far north.

You can usually enjoy skiing here until midsummer (24 June).

With 5 lifts and 17 slopes, this is also the largest ski resort in Sweden.

The ski areas might be small but the snow conditions are usually superb and better than those in the Alps.

If you live skiing you should reserve a day in your itinerary to hit the slopes.

You will be able to rent your equipment at most lodges. The ski pass will be 40€ -45€/day.

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Take A Snowmobile For A Spin

Residents of Kiruna and Abisko hop on their snowmobiles to go grocery shopping but most of us don’t often have the opportunity to ride on these cool machines.

Snowmobiling has fans and foes.

While some think it’s the ultimate way to explore nature others find it loud and they say that they can’t find peace in nature with the roaring engines and smell of exhaust fumes.

One thing is certain though, residents of Lapland love their ski-doos and you will see plenty of them during your stay, including special traffic signs that warn you about crossing snowmobiles.

It makes Kiruna the place for that once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding a snowmobile.

Riding a snowmobile takes some getting used to but as long as you stay on groomed trails it’s not all that hard and enjoyable, even for those without any previous experience.

On these excursions, you ride in a column behind a guide.

Of course, you don’t stay on the normal roads but follow special snowmobile trails that lead you between the beautiful snow-covered trees.

For many of us, this may be a unique opportunity to ride a snowmobile, certainly in such a stunning decor like Swedish Lapland.

Your guide will start by explaining everything you need to know about the snowmobile.

A driving license is required to ride the snowmobile. If you don’t have one you can still join the tour as a passenger.

Everything about this tour is top-notch, the guide, the snowmobile, as well as the decor.

Check prices and availability: Snowmobile tour

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Attend The Kiruna Snow Festival

The first edition of the Kirinu Snow Festival took place in 1986. Since then not a year has passed without a festival.

The annual snow festival has been organized in Kiruna since 1986.

It is a festival like no other with well-known activities on the agenda, such as ice skating and dog sledding, but also lesser-known competitions such as the World Snowblower Championship.

The participants have to get through a 20-meter-long pack of snow with their snow blower as quickly as possible.

If you want to experience the festival, you have to be in Kiruna during the last weekend of January.

Even if you can’t be there during that period, you can still enjoy part of what is described as the coziest festival in the snow.

After all, the main event of the festival is the ice sculpture competition with participants from all over the world.

The works of art remain on display until the sun melts them away in the summer.

The festival is fun to attend and the ice sculptures are certainly worth making a small detour for.

You can see the ice sculptures for free in the Snow Festival Park.

This is located at the intersection of the Hjalmar Lundbohmsvägen and the Gruvvägen, within walking distance of the center of Kiruna.

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Relax In The Spa

Winters can be cold in Kiruna. Even though there are enjoyable sunny days, sometimes there are also days with cold and gusty winds.

If you have been out for several hours during such a day you will long for a place to warm up again.

Hot chocolate can do the job but it is even better to indulge in the Swedish tradition of relaxing in the sauna. Several hotels in Kiruna have a sauna.

If you want a more extensive sauna experience, you can go to Camp Ripan.

The Aurora Spa at Camp Ripan has 2 saunas and a steam bath.

There’s also a hot outdoor pool where you can gaze at the stars.

With a bit of luck, you might even see the Northern Lights.

All sauna visitors at Camp Ripan receive a welcome basket containing products for a face mask, scrub, and foot bath.

The Aurora Spa is part of the Camp Ripan hotel but is not included with your hotel stay.

Also non-guests can use the Spa facilities.

It is advised to make advance reservations because the spa is small and only allows a limited number of guests.

We should add that chances of seeing the Northern Lights from the outdoor pool are rather small because the hotel is situated close to the center of Kiruna.

In Swedish culture, the sauna is usually enjoyed naked.

This is not the case at the Aurora Spa but if you’re planning on hitting the sauna somewhere else it is a good idea to inform in advance about the dress policy.

Campingvägen 5, 981 35 Kiruna, Sweden

Visiting the LKAB mine is one of the things you can do in Kiruna

Visit The LKAB Mine

LKAB is the largest employer in Kiruna and the wider area. It is a giant iron ore mine that supplies most European countries.

Spending a half-day in dark underground tunnels might be the last thing you want to do once you have seen the spectacular landscape of Swedish Lapland.

That’s understandable, but we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

During the visit, we went from one surprise to another.

Initially, this was about the huge tunnel network and the size of the tunnels that can be used by buses, trucks, and huge excavators. Then, during the tour, we were amazed at the technological ingenuity of the operation of this mine.

You can’t help but be impressed by this mining complex and its modern way of working.

Tickets for the visit can be purchased online in advance.

The tours depart from the Kiruna Visitor Center on the Välnortstorget.

There is ample parking space at this square. You do need to use a parking disc. We forgot this and found a fine of €50 when we returned from the tour.

This is the address of the visitor center (which doubles as the Kiruna tourist office). From here the bus leaves for the mine.

Lars Janssonsgatan 17, 981 31 Kiruna, Sweden

Moose spotting in Kiruna

Go Moose Spotting

Swedish Lapland is a good place to spot moose.

The animals manage to move gracefully through the snowy landscape despite their massive size. Sometimes they venture close to the roads.

The chance of spotting moose along the E10 is small.

This is a relatively busy road and it is not recommended to stop along this road. (except in the designated parking spaces)

Don’t worry, just south of Kiruna a road leaves for Nikkaluokta, a tiny Sami village. This is a quiet road with many opportunities to see these impressive animals.

Do not drive too fast and keep a close eye on both sides of the road. It is amazing how well these large animals can hide once they are among the trees.

We’re animal lovers so we can’t get enough of spotting wildlife.

That being said, I think everybody will love seeing these beautiful animals.

Would you rather be a full-time spotter instead of a driver or do you not have a car?

In that case, you can also book a wildlife safari.

There are many snowshoe trails near Kiruna

Venture Out On A Snowshoe Hike

You haven’t truly been to Swedish Lapland if you haven’t at least once put on those goofy-looking snowshoes.

Walking with such large shoes may feel a bit strange, but you will find that these shoes really come in handy on the less trodden paths.

It is not necessary to have your own snowshoes, you can rent them on site.

While you can hike the popular trails it is best to book a tour with a guide because they take you to places you would not otherwise go.

The tour below goes to Kurravaara, near the Torne River.

The guide will help you spot tracks of lynx, wolverines, foxes, and other animals. And hopefully, you will see the animals for real.

You can do the tour during the day or also in the evening when you have a chance to see the beautiful northern lights.

From the top of the hill, you have a nice view and the scenery of the walk is absolutely top.

Check prices and availability: Snowshoe hike

Kiruna is great place for ice fishing

Go Ice-Fishing

The thick layers of ice have never stopped the local inhabitants of Lapland from fishing in the winter.

After all, winter also had its advantages, thanks to the ice, everyone, even those who do not have a boat, can catch fish from the middle of the lake or river.

These are the best locations with the most and the biggest fish.

If you want to experience what ice fishing is all about, then you can grab your chance in Swedish Lapland and book an ice fishing tour.

The guide will take you to a suitable location by sled and provide all the necessary equipment, including some snacks and drinks to enjoy while you wait for the fish to bite.

During ice fishing, most of the time you sit still, waiting for the fish to bite. Therefore, be sure to dress warmly.

Check prices and availability: Private Ice Fishing Tour

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Glide Through The Snowy Landscape On Cross-Country Skis

You’ve been out already on your snowshoes, why not try something different and put on a pair of cross-country skis?

Lapland is a beautiful landscape to explore and there is a wide choice of cross-country trails, from easy loops to trails that wind endlessly through the trees.

Adventurers can even go on multi-day treks.

By the way, cross-country skiing is one of the favorite pastimes of the local residents.

The lack of mountains means that people reach for cross-country skis more often than for regular skis.

You can rent the equipment on-site. Know that you can choose from two different types of skis.

The real cross-country skis are very narrow, but there are also versions for beginning cross-country skiers that are still slightly wider (but still narrower than the skis you use for skiing).

With your skis, you can go wherever you feel like. Still, I would recommend asking the rental shop for some suggestions.

There are both groomed and non-groomed trails.

In our experience, the groomed trails are slightly easier for absolute beginners.

Let me end by warning you that cross-country skiing is not as simple as it seems.

Despite our skiing experience we fell regularly and were left with some bruises from our trip.

Don’t let this stop you however, we still found it a fun experience and something you have to try at least once!

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Go Ice Climbing And Conquer An Icefall

If cross-country skiing and snowshoe hiking all sound too much day-to-day, then we have the ultimate adrenaline-pumping activity for you.

You head straight up the mountain armed with an ice pick and ice clamps.

No experience is required and it is good to know that the guide will explain the required technique beforehand.

He or she will also secure you so that you can safely tackle the ice wall.

There is an artificial ice wall at Camp Ripan where you can go ice climbing.

For the real thing, you need to head to Abisko where the ice climbing is done on a real frozen waterfall in the middle of an impressive gorge.

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Indulge In The Swedish Tradition Of Fika

If you’ve just gone ice climbing for the first time, you’ve deserved a moment of rest. Then it’s time for Fika.

As the English are always up for a break during high tea, the Swedes know the Fika tradition.

A moment for a nice chat with something sweet and a kaffi (Swedish for coffee). Where the English swear by tea, the Swedes usually prefer coffee.

In the center of Kiruna, you will find Fika by Spis with an extensive selection of cakes and pastries. If you do not have a sweet tooth you can skip the pastries and have a sandwich instead.

MESCHPLAN 1, 981 31 Kiruna, Sweden

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Go Sledding

Sledding is an ideal pastime between 2 tours or activities.

Near Camp Ripan you will find a very suitable slope.

If you stay with them you can also use the sleds from their shop for free.

The shop manager can also explain how to get to the slope. It’s about a 5-minute walk from the reception.

You will get a solid speed if you start at the very top of the slope.

Make sure you have good waterproof gloves and dress warmly, we got quite a bit of snow in our clothes.

The church is a must-see when in Kiruna

Wander Through Kiruna’s City Center

Kiruna is a unique city, not least because the city is currently being moved.

The move is in full swing and today you can already see the new modern town hall in what will later become the new center.

Also, 1 of the protected old buildings has already been moved and for several others, relocations are being planned.

The reason for the move is the expansion of the LKAB mine.

This company reserves a sloppy 1.3 billion euros to be able to expand to the area where the town is currently situated.

During a walk through Kiruna, you will pass several charming houses waiting to be moved.

Be sure to make a small detour to include the Kiruna church.

This imposing wooden building is one of the largest in Sweden.

The architectural style is a tribute to the Sami and is a mix of the traditional Norwegian stave churches with the Sami huts.

The church is impressive from the outside but also very beautiful from the inside.

Kiruna has grown thanks to the discovery of iron ore in the surrounding mountains.

If you want to know more about the rich and sometimes turbulent history of this city, you can book a tour with a guide.

The church currently stands in the old town and is expected to be moved in 2025 or 2026.

The entrance is free.

tourist office kiruna

Visit The Jokkmokks Winter Market

Kiruna celebrates the winter with a snow festival and Jokkmokk does this with the winter market.

The market takes place annually at the beginning of February.

At the time of writing, the 418th edition is already underway.

You will find hundreds of stands on the market and every year there are also numerous performances.

Jokkmokk is almost a 3-hour drive from Kiruna but if you are here during the festival period it is worth considering going to soak up the atmosphere.

The market annually attracts some 40,000 visitors.

Admission to the market is free, admission may be charged for some performances.

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Stop At Stejk Street Food For A Juicy Reindeer Meal

If you’re looking for a quick and tasty bite with the very best local meat, this is the place to be.

This simple food stall is selling a selection of reindeer and moose sandwiches. You can also opt for salads and burgers.

You can enjoy your food in the cozy tipi where you can warm up by the fireplace.

You can find this food truck at a gas station just outside the center of Kiruna.

There is a small parking lot with space for 3 or 4 cars.

The owners of this food truck are very friendly, helpful, and funny. The food is very tasty and it is nice to have your meal in the Sami tent. A meal you will remember.

Konduktörsgatan 22, 981 34 Kiruna, Sweden

Abisko is a great day trip from Kiruna

Explore Abisko

Abisko is about 100 kilometers further north of Kiruna.

It is an hour’s drive along the E10.

The road is relatively busy as it is the only connection between the 2 cities. Yet this is a scenic route with many photo opportunities.

There is also much to experience in Abisko itself.

Here is an overview of the best things to do in Abisko.


Make a day trip to Narvik

Do you want to check off 2 countries in one go? That’s possible! Kiruna is located in the far Northern part of Sweden close to the border of Norway.

If you’ve checked everything you wanted to do in Kiruna off the list you can consider a day trip to Narvik, a quaint village in a scenic Norwegian fjord.

A trip to Narvik will first take you through the beautiful Abisko National Park. As you get closer to the border you will see how the landscape starts changing. High mountains obstruct the distant views we were getting used to in Abisko.

Just before we arrive in Narvik we see the spectacular Hálogaland bridge.

The landscape at Narvik is completely different from Kiruna. The town’s quaint center is worth exploring. You can see it from above by taking the cable car to the top of Mt. Narvikfjellet.

At the war museum, you can learn more about what happened at Narvik during World War II.

It’s a 2.5-hour drive from Kiruna to Narvik. There’s also a train between Kiruna and Narvik but the train schedule is not ideal for a day trip.

FAQs about Kiruna

Here are some frequently asked questions about Kiruna.

Is It Worth Going To Kiruna In Winter?

Absolutely! The beautiful winter landscape in combination with the unique activities will undoubtedly make for a trip that you will not soon forget.

We definitely want to go back again.

How Far North Is Kiruna?

Kiruna is located about 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle.

As a result, you experience the so-called polar nights during December, the phenomenon where it remains dark all day long.

During the summer, the reverse occurs.

There is a period when the sun does not dip below the horizon even at night. Locally this is known as the midnight sun.

tourist office kiruna

How To Get To Kiruna

There are no direct flights to Kiruna.

You can fly to Kiruna with a stopover in Stockholm or you can opt to just book a flight to Stockholm and continue from there by train or car.

The flight is the most chosen option, together with the train. There are several flights a day between Stockholm and Kiruna and they are usually on time.

Search here for flights to Stockholm or read our post with tips on how to use the flight aggregator sites to find the very best fares .

By Night Train

There is also a night train between the two cities.

The train ride normally takes about 15 hours. The trains are unfortunately not as reliable as the flights. We heard multiple stories of people being delayed several hours.

Finally, you can of course also go by car, although we would advise against that. If you drive non-stop the journey will also take about 15 hours, in line with the train journey.

Even though the roads are usually well maintained and cleared of snow, you have to keep in mind that the days up north are short in winter.

This means you will do a lot of driving in the dark, making the trek quite tiring.

Where To Stay In Kiruna

Where to stay in kiruna to see the northern lights.

Being able to see the Northern Lights from your accommodation has many benefits, not least being able to quickly hop inside to warm up or go to the toilet.

After all, seeing the Northern Lights often means waiting patiently and watching the sky for several hours before going to sleep.

If you want to have a chance to see the northern lights from your accommodation, it is best to opt for a lodge a little outside Kiruna.

Kiruna may not be a big city, but the light pollution from the city means that you have significantly less chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

A place we warmly recommend is Camp Alta Kiruna . This lodge is located about 14 kilometers south of Kiruna in a beautiful wooded area on the edge of a lake.

You will find charming bungalows with shared facilities as well as single cottages with kitchens and bathrooms.

We saw the Northern Lights here on our second night.

tourist office kiruna

How To Get Around In Kiruna

We almost always opt for a rental car because it gives you the absolute freedom to do what you want whenever you want.

We also rented a car in Kiruna and recommend that you do the same.

With a rental car you can go out on your own to spot the Northern Lights and you can also organize your own private wildlife safaris.

However, it is not strictly necessary.

Most tours provide a pick-up from your hotel and if you don’t have a rental car you can look for the Northern Lights and wildlife with an organized tour.

For small trips in and around Kiruna, you can use the bus or a taxi. Know that taxis are not cheap.

We heard from a couple that they had paid about €100 to take a taxi from the center of Kiruna to the ice hotel.

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Driving In Kiruna In Winter

All main roads in and around Kiruna are kept clear of snow. Several times a day you see the snowblower pass.

Winter tires are mandatory.

All rental cars will be equipped with winter tires and you will also get a winter set including a brush, ice scraper, and something you might not expect, a charging cable (I’m not sure if this comes with all cars but we got one).

The charging cable is to heat your car when it is parked.

It’s really only required when the temperatures drop deeply below freezing point but you’re off course free to use it on other days as well. It ensures that your car is pleasantly warm when you return.

You must be cautious when driving because even with winter tires the roads remain very slippery.

We slipped once ourselves, although without consequences, but it was still a bit of a shock.

You also have to watch out for crossing wildlife.

One day a moose jumped in front of us on the road to disappear a little further into the bushes.

It was a spectacular sight but imagine getting into a collision with such an imposing animal.

Here is a full post about driving in Sweden in winter.

Ready to hike the midnight sun trail

What Winter Clothes To Pack

In winter it can be really cold in Lapland. It may snow and there may be a cold gusty wind.

You don’t have to go to Swedish Lapland for good weather, but luckily bad weather is no problem with the right clothing.

What should definitely not be missing in your suitcase is:

  • Thermal underwear
  • Ski pants or fleece-lined hiking pants
  • Warm winter hat and/or balaclava
  • Ice cleats: As it is sometimes slippery, These might come in handy when you go for a walk. Check these posts. Best ice cleats for walking and best ice cleats for boots.
  • Gloves: We advise you to bring 2 pairs of gloves, touch gloves with which you can operate your mobile phone or camera that you can wear under ski mitts or ski gloves

General Tips For Your Kiruna Trip

To conclude, here are some general tips.

The Northern Lights

Grab every chance you have to see the Northern Lights. Of the 10 days, we were in Kiruna and Abisko, at least 7 were with dense clouds.

So take advantage of it if it is not cloudy, you may not get such an opportunity again.

Book Hotels And Tours As Far In Advance As Possible

We were surprised by how quickly some hotels and tours sold out.

If there is something that you absolutely want to do, it is best to reserve it as soon as your plans are finalized. This is also true for hotel bookings.

We also recommend booking through Manawa and Viator.

Both tour operators have flexible booking options, you can cancel most tours for free if something still comes up.

We had booked a number of tours directly ourselves and had to change them due to an adjustment in our planning and this was very difficult.

So save yourself that stress and book as much as possible flexibly.

This also goes up for hotels. On most hotels can be booked flexibly.

Always remember to check the booking conditions when you make a reservation.

The cancellation policy is often more strict when booking direct.

We enjoyed our winter trip to Swedish Lapland a full 200% and we hope that with our info we can also offer you an unforgettable trip.

As you can see there is more than enough to do in Kiruna for a well-filled week of endless snow fun.

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Kiruna: the sinking mine town of sweden's lapland.

Travel the World: Things to do in Kiruna, Sweden, a mining town in Swedish Lapland above the Arctic Circle.

Kiruna was the hub of the battle for the control of the iron-ore supply during World War II; ore was transported north from here by train to the great harbour at Narvik, over the border in Norway. Much German firepower was expended in an attempt to interrupt the supply to the Allies and wrest control for the Axis. In the process, Narvik suffered grievously, whilst Kiruna – benefiting from supposed Swedish neutrality – made a packet selling to both sides.

An obvious destination for any tourist travelling around Kiruna in winter is the tiny village of JUKKASJÄRVI (known locally simply as “Jukkas”), 17km east of Kiruna and 200km north of the Arctic Circle, and the location for Swedish Lapland’s blockbuster attraction: Icehotel . What’s effectively the world’s largest igloo, Icehotel is built every year by the side of the Torneälven River in late October, from when it stands proudly until temperatures rise definitively above zero in May, when it finally melts away back into the river. A new venture, Icehotel 365 – three times smaller than the original structure, and made of regular building materials – opened on the same site in November 2016 and stays open year-round.

Although Icehotel totally dominates tiny Jukkasjärvi from its position at the entrance to the village, it’s worth taking a stroll down the main (and only) road, Marknadsvägen, passing a handful of simple dwellings owned by locals – not all of whom are in favour of the changes that the hotel has brought to their village.

The brains behind Icehotel belong to Yngve Bergqvist, a southern Swede who moved to Lapland in the 1980s. In 1989, he built an igloo – barely sixty square metres in size – as an art gallery to showcase local Sámi crafts and design. Visitors asked to sleep in the igloo, and the concept was born. Today, covering roughly 6000 square metres, Icehotel is constructed of thirty thousand tonnes of “snice”, as Icehotel calls it, a combination of snow and ice (cut from the Torne River); its exact shape and design changes from year to year, though there’s always a chapel, in which couples can marry. From the entrance hall there’s usually one main walkway filled with ice sculptures , from which smaller corridors lead off to the bedrooms and suites (all with electric lights, and beds made out of blocks of compact snow covered with reindeer hides) that make up the bulk of the hotel. Though many visitors stay the night, the hotel is also open for day visits.

Staying in the hotel

Icehotel usually opens some time in November and remains open until late March/early April, though the weather decides the final date of opening.

There are two reception areas: one for cold accommodation (Icehotel itself) and another for warm accommodation (double rooms and cabins) – simply follow the direction signs. Staff in the cold reception will dish out warm clothing and general information about how to survive a night in sub-zero temperatures. When it’s time to go to bed, you should leave your valuables and most of your clothes in lockers provided close to reception (where there are also heated bathrooms with showers and a sauna) and then make a run for it from here to your room (wearing as little as possible; see p.000) and dive into your sleeping bag as quickly as you can – the temperature inside the hotel is –5ºC, while outside it’s generally around –20 or –30ºC. Guests are provided with specially made, tried-and-tested sleeping bags of a type used by the Swedish army, who have used the hotel for Arctic survival training; the bags are supposed to keep you warm in temperatures down to -35°C. However, as they enclose your entire body and head (bar a small area for your eyes and nose) they are rather claustrophobic. You should take off all the clothes you’re still wearing and sleep naked to prevent sweating; stuff your clothes into the bottom of the sleeping bag to keep them warm and place your shoes on the bed with you to stop them freezing. Don’t expect to sleep – you won’t – it’s simply too cold and uncomfortable. In the morning, you can refresh yourself with a sauna and have a hearty breakfast at the restaurant across the road, though you’ll soon notice from people’s faces that nobody else has slept a wink either.

Icehotel 365

Ever the entrepreneurs, Icehotel have now hit on a new idea to satisfy the seemingly bottomless market of visitors who flock to Swedish Lapland every year to experience an Arctic winter: Icehotel 365 , which offers the chance to sleep in sub-zero temperatures at any time of year – even in the height of summer. Smaller than the original Icehotel, Icehotel 365 is made of regular building materials, though it does also contain snow and ice. Innovative new technology has made it possible to store energy captured by a new generation of solar panels which can then be used to cool the structure through the summer months, ensuring a year-round temperature inside of -5C, just like the original. In many ways, Icehotel 365 is similar to its predecessor – it’s designed with the same arched corridors, it contains ice rooms and suites and even a bar. Icehotel says it gives visitors a chance to combine a night in sub-zero temperatures with summer activities like kayaking and hiking. Critics say it’s just another attempt to turn Lapland into a theme park and squeeze yet more kronor out of hapless tourists.

A traditional sight awaits at the end of the dead-end Marknadsvägen: an old wooden Sámi church , parts of which date from 1608, making it the oldest surviving church in Lapland. Check out the richly decorated altarpiece by Uppsala artist Bror Hjorth, depicting the revivalist preacher, Lars Levi Laestadius , alongside the woman who inspired him to rid Lapland of alcohol, Maria of Åsele. The triptych was given to the church in 1958 by the mining company, LKAB, then celebrating its 350th anniversary.

Under the floor are the mummified remains of villagers who died here in the eighteenth century (not on display). The sandy ground and frost are thought to have been responsible for keeping the bodies, including that of a woman dressed in a white wedding dress and high-heeled shoes, so remarkably well preserved. The organ above the door is made from reindeer horn and birch wood; the artwork in the centre of the organ, suspended over the pipes, symbolizes the sun rising over the Lapporten, the two U-shaped mountain-tops near Abisko which are one of Lapland’s most enduring images.

Nutti Sámi Siida

Across the road from the church, the wooden houses of the rather pedestrian Nutti Sámi Siida contain the usual suspects: a stuffed reindeer, an old sleigh, a rickety spinning wheel and other equally dull paraphernalia.

There are seemingly countless organized activities from the Icehotel and the range varies from year to year; full details are online at w Generally, though, they include a dog-sledding trip through the neighbouring forests with a short stop for coffee and cake (90min; 1495kr); an accompanied daytime drive on snow scooters down the Torne River and into the wintry forests (3hr; 1195kr); and a night-time snowmobile spin to see the n orthern lights (4hr; 1950kr including dinner). In summer there are generally organized fishing and hunting tours as well as canoeing .

The mines , ugly brooding reminders of Kiruna’s prosperity, still dominate the town, much more depressingly so than in Gällivare; despite its newer central buildings and open parks, Kiruna retains a grubby industrial feel. The tourist office arranges guided tours around the mines, on which visitors are bussed down into the InfoMine , a closed-off section of the rabbit warren of tunnels comprising a working mine. Inside you’ll see facilities such as petrol stations and a workers’ canteen, and mining paraphernalia, including trains for transporting ore and equipment, and mills for crushing the ore-bearing rock.

Due to severe subsidence caused by the mines over 1km below the town, Kiruna is sinking. After years of deliberation, in 2012 a location was finally decided for the construction of a new city – close to the airport at Tuolluvaara. In 2013 the train station was closed and a new temporary station 1.5km outside town is now in operation. Over the next few years expect disruption as the old town is torn down and the E10 highway rerouted. The Stadshus and the church will be moved to the new Kiruna whilst all other buildings will be demolished. Oddly, local people seem unperturbed by the enormity of the task ahead, perhaps because they are painfully aware that without the iron-ore mines on which Kiruna is dependent, the place would cease to exist. The whole operation is expected to take several decades to complete.

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Jennifer lopez & ben affleck at his office, first time hanging out since italy, jennifer lopez & ben affleck spotted together at l.a. office .... first time since italy.

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are back in the same country and hanging out ... 'cause the two hit up his office -- though photogs still couldn't snap the two together.

The actor and singer-songwriter both hit his Beverly Hills office Wednesday with Ben arriving in a chic suit around 10 AM and J Lo pulling up a couple hours later.

Check out the pics ... BA's looking dapper -- and pretty dang serious -- when arriving while his wife had her big movie star glasses on when her driver took her away, a few hours later.

Like we said, no shots of the two stars together ... Jennifer reportedly left before Ben did. Unclear why they met up at the Beverly Hills office -- but, it's still a big deal 'cause the pair haven't hung out since before Lopez's European getaway.

As you know ... Jennifer spent the last week parading around Italy -- hanging out on a boat and grabbing dinner with pals sans Affleck. It all culminated in what some have called a classic Jenny from the Block move -- flying commercial to Paris for the Dior Fashion Show .

Before her vacay, she and Ben were last seen about two weeks ago when Jenn arrived at Ben's Brentwood rental after his kid's graduation ceremony ... where they spent time together before parting ways, no sleepover.

We've followed the couple's marital strife closely over the last several weeks ... and, even broke the news the two are trying to sell their $60 million mega mansion.

Seems the two are still working through their troubles ... though the lack of pics together won't quell fans' fears.

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A military court in St. Petersburg court on Friday sentenced a Russian woman to 10 years in prison for throwing a molotov cocktail at a military recruitment office last September.

The 1st Western District Military Court found Elena Komaricheva, 59, guilty of “terrorism” charges after she agreed “to set fire to the... Military Commissariat of the City of St. Petersburg... in order to intimidate the public and dangers to human life, causing significant property damage.”

An unidentified person was said to have convinced Komaricheva to throw a Molotov cocktail at the emergency exit of the military recruitment office, causing damages of around 37,000 rubles ($41).

A judge ruled that she must serve 10 years in a medium-security prison. Prosecutors had requested a 13-year prison sentence for the woman.

According to the independent news outlet RusNews, Komaricheva fell victim to phone scammers posing as law enforcement officials. The scammers allegedly told her that criminals were trying to steal her money and advised her to transfer the funds to a “safe account.”

Komaricheva reportedly sent 10 million rubles ($113,000) to that account.

The scammers later told the woman that the criminals trying to steal her money had been caught and needed “to be punished.” They then instructed her to bring a Molotov cocktail to an address where the supposed fraudsters were staying.

Komaricheva followed the scammers’ instructions and went to the address, which turned out to be a military enlistment office where police officers eventually showed up and arrested her. Based on the RusNews report, it was not immediately clear if the scammers also told her to set fire to the enlistment office.

The woman’s defense lawyer intends to appeal the verdict against her, according to the independent SOTAvision news outlet.

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Texas tourist dies in snorkeling-related incident in Key West

by Skyler Shepard

{p}The Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) said{ }Beau Follis, 65, was snorkeling with Fury Watersports when he reportedly lost consciousness. CPR was immediately performed on{ }Follis and the U.S. Coast Guard brought him to shore for paramedics. (MCSO){ }{/p}

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) said Beau Follis, 65, was snorkeling with Fury Watersports when he reportedly lost consciousness. CPR was immediately performed on Follis and the U.S. Coast Guard brought him to shore for paramedics. (MCSO)

KEY WEST, Fla. (CBS12) — A 65-year-old man from Houston died on Tuesday following a snorkeling-related incident off Key West.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) said Beau Follis was snorkeling with Fury Watersports when he reportedly lost consciousness. CPR was immediately performed on Follis and the U.S. Coast Guard brought him to shore for paramedics.

Tragically, Follis was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital at 8:16 p.m.

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Foul play is not expected to be a factor in the incident, MCSO said, and autopsy results are pending.

In May, a Canadian tourist died after a free-diving incident in Key West.

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When you travel to Kiruna, you also travel to a part of the Arctic and get to experience our Arctic lifestyle. The great distances and the harsh climate have created a very special lifestyle, centered around nature and the seasons.

Travel to Kiruna

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The sustainable option. If you travel from Stockholm, you can choose to sleep a part of the trip on board Vy’s night train which has two departures daily.

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Fly from Stockholm to Kiruna in 90 minutes. In the winter season 2024 there is a direct flight From Düsseldorf to Kiruna as well. Information on Kiruna Airport and airport bus.

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By bus or car

Traveling through Sweden’s various landscapes and natural habitats is exciting. For those traveling from Stockholm to Kiruna, it can be a distance of over 1 300 kilometers.

Travel to the mountains and across the borders

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There is a varied selection when it comes to overnight stays in Kiruna. Hot and cold, large and small, rustic or comfortable hotel standard.

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In the Kiruna area, nature and food experiences are happily and often combined. No matter what attracts your senses, we offer a wide variety of fine ingredients.

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In Kiruna there are shops with handicrafts, leisure equipment and clothing. Buying a souvenir for them back home is for many both a fun and an important part of the trip.

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  1. Contact

    Kiruna Lappland Tourist Center OPENING HOURS. Monday-Friday: 08.30-16.00 Saturday-Sunday: 08.30-15.00 +46 (0)980-188 80 [email protected]. How to get here. The tourist center is located in the city centre. Big parking lot adjacent to the building. The train station is around 6 km from the tourist center. Free shuttle buses will take you to ...

  2. Kiruna Sweden

    Welcome to Kiruna, the beating heart of Swedish Lapland, home of the northern lights, the world-famous ICEHOTEL and the largest underground iron ore mine in the world! Visit Kiruna is the one-stop shop for information you will need when visiting the Kiruna Lapland region. Take a look at our website where you will find information about ...

  3. Startsidan

    Kiruna Lappland Tourist Center. 27-29 June 2024 Kirunafestivalen. The Kiruna Festival is Scandinavia's northernmost and by far the largest festival north of the Arctic Circle! Since its inception, the Kiruna Festival has been established as Kiruna's premier cultural and music event. It's a big folk party where everyone is invited.

  4. LKAB's Visitor Centre

    We go by bus directly from the Tourist Center into the mountain and down to the show mine LKAB's Visitor Centre situated at level 540 metres. LKAB is currently mining down to level 1365 metres. Our guide will show you around the visitor premises that cover 20,000 square metres. This is an authentic mining environment where displays, films and ...

  5. Visit Kiruna for Northern Lights and other natural wonders

    An outdoor enthusiast's dream destination, Kiruna is surrounded by varied and vast terrain - from deep forests and expansive marshes to lakes, rivers and mountains - including Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain. These landscapes are ideal for activities such as hiking, fly fishing, skiing, snowshoe walking and dog sledding.

  6. Kiruna in Swedish Lapland

    Swedish state-owned mining company LKAB on Thursday, 12 January 2023, published that it had identified more than 1 million tonnes of rare earth oxides in the Kiruna area. It is the largest known such deposit in Europe and very important for green development in the future. Rare earth minerals are essential to many high-tech manufacturing ...

  7. Tourist's guide to Kiruna

    To visit Kiruna and pass by the oldest city monument is simply impossible. A wooden parish church or church, as locals call it, was built in the early 20th century in the style of Norwegian church architecture. The author of the project was the famous architect Gustav Wickmann, who decided to give the temple the shape of a tent or Sami yurt. ...

  8. Kiruna

    This museum in his old office and home is dedicated to the early days of Kiruna and the startup of LKAB and the building of the rail road Kiruna-Narvik. 30 kr. 2 Kiruna kyrka (Kiruna Church). Daily 11:00-15:45. Kiruna Kyrka is one of Sweden's largest wooden buildings and is famous for its special tent like structure.

  9. Kiruna : Travel Information & Tours : Nordic Visitor

    On your visit to Swedish Lapland, you'll find plenty to explore in the ever-changing city of Kiruna. This city was founded over 100 years ago and it has the largest underground iron ore mine in the world. In 2014, the city authorities decided to expand the mine under Kiruna's town centre. This project meant that Kiruna's town centre ...

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    Kiruna travel guide. Some 200km north of Arctic Circle, the brooding outpost of Kiruna (known as Giron in Northern Sami) is Sweden's northernmost city. It's one of the best bases for travellers wanting to explore rural Lapland and has some intriguing tales of its own, having recently gained worldwide fame as 'the city that's being moved'.. The Sami have inhabited the region around ...

  11. Visit Abisko

    Discover the Abisko area. Join us in chasing the northern lights in Abisko National Park and book a day trip to the spectacular Arctic mountain landscapes. A close collaboration with several local providers in Abisko allows us to offer activities such as hiking, snowmobiling, northern lights photography, and much more.

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    This is the address of the visitor center (which doubles as the Kiruna tourist office). From here the bus leaves for the mine. Lars Janssonsgatan 17, 981 31 Kiruna, Sweden. ... Visit The Jokkmokks Winter Market. Kiruna celebrates the winter with a snow festival and Jokkmokk does this with the winter market.

  13. Kiruna: The Sinking Mine Town of Sweden's Lapland

    It is a wooden church built in the shape of a Sami tent, or goahti. Kiruna Church was designed by Gustav Wickman and was built between 1909 and 1912. When the church was completed in 1912, it was donated to the people of Kiruna by LKAB mining company. In 2001, the church was voted Sweden's most beautiful building.

  14. Getting from Kiruna train station to the tourist office

    Answer 1 of 2: Hii I understand that there is a free shuttle bus from Kiruna train station to the tourist office in the city centre but the bus schedule stops in early Dec. I am traveling on 29 Dec, is there any way to travel that 2km distance other than...

  15. Kiruna and around

    Jukkasjärvi village. An obvious destination for any tourist travelling around Kiruna in winter is the tiny village of JUKKASJÄRVI (known locally simply as "Jukkas"), 17km east of Kiruna and 200km north of the Arctic Circle, and the location for Swedish Lapland's blockbuster attraction: Icehotel.What's effectively the world's largest igloo, Icehotel is built every year by the side ...

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  17. Kiruna

    Pay a visit to Kiruna's new town hall and the Norrbotten county art museum. The County Art Museum produces exhibitions of contemporary art, offers a wide range of public programs and creative activities. Read more. Samegården. A small museum with exhibitions and information about Sámi culture. Open Monday-Friday 07.00-15.00.

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    A sustainable place. Kiruna is in the middle of an area surrounded by great natural beauty. Kiruna is known for its preserved natural and cultural landscape, majestic mountains, glaciers, several unregulated national rivers and over 6000 lakes. With sustainable choices, you can help protect the destination's nature, landscapes and cultures.

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  30. Plan your trip

    When you travel to Kiruna, you also travel to a part of the Arctic and get to experience our Arctic lifestyle. The great distances and the harsh climate have created a very special lifestyle, centered around nature and the seasons. Travel to Kiruna. By train. The sustainable option. If you travel from Stockholm, you can choose to sleep a part ...