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Kiruna

Country
Sweden
State
Lapland
City
Kiruna
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

SAS and Norwegian has direct flights to Kiruna (also via Umea) from Stockholm Arlanda. (Norwegian are usually the cheaper one, but especially students and youths (under the age of 26) can find even cheaper tickets with SAS.) Barents AirLink (Nordkalottflyg) has flights from Lulea.The small airport is located a few kilometers outside the city centre, and unfortunately the connections are kind of bad during off-season where the airport bus is only going at weekdays and not very often. In the evening or on weekends a taxi (should be pre-ordered, otherwise very long waiting time) or pre ordered coach is pretty much the only way to get anywhere (or hitchhiking), but that can be very expensive.During high season there is usually no problems since an airport bus is available then.

By Train

SJ operates two daily night trains, from Gothenburg and Stockholm continuing north along the eastern parts of Sweden passing cities like Uppsala, Gavle and Boden where sometimes a change of trains are required to get to Kiruna (otherwise you'll end up in Lulea).The travel time from Stockholm is about 17 hours. Some trains continue to 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.Cheapskats might try out sittvagn, but 17 hours in a seat is not a pleasent experience.An onboard restaurant serves dinner and breakfast, it also doubles as a bar during the evening.However prices are high. Brining own food is allowed, but consuming alcohol is not (altough the enforcement is quite lax).The train station in Kiruna is located about 400m from the city centre so a walk is very much possible, everything from the station is uphill all of the way.

By Bus

It is possible to take long distance busses between cities in Norrbotten County, such as Lulea, Gallivare, Jokkmokk, Haparanda, etc.

By Car

It is by all means possible to rent a car and drive to Kiruna, but keep in mind that it is very far away from all major other cities, the roads are quite narrow and a little bit too often not in a good shape. Speed limits are low and speeding tickets high. Not totally without a reason, due to weather conditions and the frequency of wildlife such as hares, reindeer and moose on the road, can make the trip a little bit more interesting than bargained for.The hazards of driving a car in the north during the winter when a car breakdown in the middle of nowhere actually can be life-threatening due to the cold should not be underestimated. The cellphone coverage can be quite sparse so warm blankets, extra clothes etc. should always be stored in the car during winter for emergencies. The road distances from Kiruna are: Gallivare(closest city) 115km, Lulea 344Km, Umea 600Km, Stockholm 1240Km.

Key places to visit
Kiruna Church, Hjalmar Lundbohm Garden, Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel, Abisko National Park, Abisko Scientific Research Station, Swedish Institute of Space Physics


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Places to Visit

Kiruna Church

Is a church in Kiruna, Sweden.In 2001, the church was voted the most beautiful public building in Sweden by the Swedish people.The church was built between 1909–1912 and consecrated by Bishop Olof Bergqvist on 8 December 1912. Since 1913, the church is included in the Jukkasjarvi parish in the diocese of Lulea.Gustaf Wickman was the church's architect and the famous altarpiece is a work of Prince Eugen, Duke of Närke.

Hjalmar Lundbohm Garden

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 located 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.

Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel

Existing each year between December and April, the Icehotel in the village of Jukkasjärvi, about 17 km from Kiruna, Sweden was the world's first ice hotel. In 1989, Japanese ice artists visited the area and created an exhibition of ice art. In Spring 1990, French artist Jannot Derid held an exhibition in a cylinder-shaped igloo in the area. One night there were no rooms available in the town, so some of the visitors asked for permission to spend the night in the exhibition hall. They slept in sleeping bags on top of reindeer skin - the first guests of the "hotel".The entire hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks taken from the Torne River - even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. Each spring, around March, Icehotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 10,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of snow. The ice is used for creating Icebar designs and ice glasses, for ice sculpting classes, events and product launches all over the world while the snow is used for building a strong structure for the building. About 1,000 tons of what is left is used in the construction of the next Icehotel.

Abisko National Park

is a National Park in Sweden.Geographically, Abisko is situated in the Swedish province of Lapland near the Norwegian border (distance approx. 37 railway km), and belongs to Kiruna Municipality, Sweden's northernmost and largest municipality. It starts from the shores of Torne träsk, one of Sweden's largest lakes where the village of Abisko is located, and extends some 15 kilometres to the south-west. It is situated about 195 kilometers north of the Arctic circle. The total area is 77 km².Daily passenger electric trains run by SJ AB connect Stockholm with the Norwegian city of Narvik, stopping at both the Abisko village (the name of that railway station is Abisko Östra [east]) and the Abisko Turiststation. Additional regional trains provide links within the Kiruna-Narvik stretch. Abisko is also reachable by car via the highway E10 which links Kiruna and Narvik since early 1980s. Other local forms of local transportation include hiking and dog-sledding in winter. A chair-lift provides access to the summit of nearby Mt. Nuolja.

Abisko Scientific Research Station

is a field research station belonging to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Situated on the south shore of Lake Torneträsk, it lies at the edge of the Abisko National Park and is used by researchers from many countries. The varied geological, topographical and climatic conditions of the area allow it to be inhabited by a range of flora and fauna. These features which have caused the area to be given National Park status also make it an important place for scientific research, particularly of alpine and subalpine ecosystems.Though many research projects are carried out at the station regarding geography and biology in general, particular emphasis is placed on meteorology and plant ecology. Many of these projects overlap as the station hosts research into climate change in the region and the resulting changes to plant communities.

Swedish Institute of Space Physics

is a Swedish government agency. The institute's primary task is to carry out basic research, education and associated observatory activities in space physics, space technology and atmospheric physics.The IRF was founded in 1957 and the first Kiruna-designed satellite experiment was launched in 1968. The institute has about one hundred employees and has its head office in Kiruna. Other offices are situated in Umeå, Uppsala and Lund.IRF, originally the Kiruna Geophysical Observatory, began as a department within the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It has been a public research institute since 1973, under the auspices of the Swedish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Right Time to Visit

December - March
May - August

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