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250 kilometres north of the polar circle the summer sun shines for almost two months without going down, while the polar nights offer the most intense northern lights that can be found. You can do slalom skiing here until midsummer, or spend the night in a magnificent hotel built out of ice. The kingdom of contrasts is a hackneyed phrase, but Kiruna is the original.

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The Midnight Sun

If you have never been in Northern Scandinavia during the midsummer period, the light is perhaps the most fascinating and obvious phenomena. The sun doesn’t go down at all. There is a good view of the surroundings from the city mountain, Luossavaara, about four km outside Kiruna. The midnight sun can be experienced between 27 May and 14 July in Kiruna.

The Northern Lights

Between September and April there is the chance of experiencing the northern lights, provided that it is a starry night. For a northern lights forecast, phone: 0900 100 10 40

Restaurant Ripan

Serves specialities from the cuisine of Lappland. What about breast of grouse marinated in calvados with cranberry jelly or a cake made of frozen cloudberries with ”coffee-cheese” marinated in Kahlua, for example? Open all year round, but perhaps best in the summer with an area for open-air dining, midnight sun, mosquitoes and minigolf.

Campingvägen 5, Kiruna

Mommas Steakhouse

A classic which was mentioned in Ted Ström’s famous song Winter Saga (”and the drinking gets going in Mommas pub”). Rustic decor, cosy bar and a view over the vast expanse of the mountains and the mine.

Lars Janssonsgatan 15, Kiruna


Kiruna airport is located nine kilometres from the city centre and the journey time is about 15 minutes. Airport buses are only available at certain times of the year, mainly in the summer period. For detailed information, phone: +46 980 15690. Taxis cost around 250 kronor for up to four persons (around 300 kr nights and weekends). Airport taxis cost around 125 kr per person. Taxi to Jukkasjärvi costs around 250 kr, taxi to Björkliden costs around 1200 kr and taxi to Riksgränsen costs around 1200 kr. Many hotels have prebooked buses waiting at the airport.

Kiruna airport

Public transport

Within Kiruna city centre most places are walking distance. Communications in the county are well developed, a necessity in a region where there are mile after mile of deep forests, rushing rivers and wilderness separating towns and villages from each other. Länstrafiken i Norrbotten AB is the principal provider of all public bus transport in Norrbotten and its routes run between the villages.