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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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Do and see
You can do slalom skiing here until midsummer, or spend the night in a magnificent hotel built out of ice.
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
Forty kilometres from Kiruna is Europe’s only civilian space base. Esrange is a centre for European space research and offers guided tours in the summertime (also wintertime on request). Learn more about the northern lights, rocket launches and micro gravitation.
The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi
The world-famous Ice Hotel is located in Jukkasjärvi, 17 km from Kiruna. The world’s largest hotel, made out of thousands of tonnes of snow and ice, is rebuilt every winter. You’ll be nice and cool as you sleep after a drink in the Absolut Icebar, beautifully chiselled out of pure blue ice from the River Torne. Open from mid-December to the end of April. In the summer you can experience ice art in the hotel’s Art Centre.
From Nikkaluokta, 66 km west of Kiruna, there are first-rate skiing and trekking trails to, among other places, the top of Sweden’s highest mountain – Kebnekaise (2103 m). Walk the first 19 km to Kebnekaise mountain station where you register for the next day’s guide-led route to the top. The trip takes about 8-10 hours and requires a good level of fitness. Minimum age is 16.
The Kungsleden Trail
Sweden’s most well-known long-distance footpath offers spectacular experiences of the natural world. It is 500 km long and starts in Abisko, 93 km west of Kiruna. The Kebnekaise-Saltoluokta section is suitable as a shorter route with 5 days trekking. For information on suggested routes and accommodation, visit Svenska Turistföreningen’s (the Swedish Tourist Organisation) website.
The mine
Experience the world’s largest underground iron ore mine—from the inside. Visit the mine—the café, the machinery, the theater and museum - located 540 meters underground. Daily trips from Kiruna Lappland Tourist Office. A minimum of ten persons during the winter season. Book well in advance! Tours depart from the tourist office.
The Sami culture
One in ten of Kiruna’s residents is of Sami origin, which creates a living culture. The Sami people have their own national anthem, flag and language. Samegården is a Sami cultural centre and museum, and Màttàrahkkà is a Sami handicrafts centre run by women.
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.
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.
Taxis in Kiruna are reliable and use fare meters. It can sometimes be difficult to find a car on the street, even in the centre. Taxi Kiruna:
Postal Service
Nowadays you can find an postal service points in supermarkets and petrol stations across Sweden where you can buy stamps, send and receive packets.
Pharmacy Hjärtat Gallerian Kiruna:
Country code +46 Area code: 0980
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