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Kiruna

A week in the north part of Sweden. Airflight Arlanda Stockholm to Kiruna.
Taxi/Bus to Nikkaluokta.
Tracking from Nikkaluokta to Kebnekaijse.
Attempt to reach the top of Kebnekaijse, the highest montain in Sweden.
Tourist hotels are closing at 19 September (2004).
(Half the pictures 2002 with courtesy by Chris, to the left on picture)

Flying time from Stockholm Arlanda to Kiruna Airport is approx 1,5 hours. Check time tables, this year there were two direct connections from Stockholm each day.
Prices: 235 USD trip with return (2004)
Airport - City: 4 USD

Alternative rout: train from Stockholm, more or less the same price as flying. Time 18 hours.

Web-tip: http://www.kommun.kiruna.se/

Kiruna - Nikkaluokta

60 km to the wilderness.
In Kiruna you can buy camping equipment, food etc.
But you can also take a taxi directly to Nikkaluokta from the airport in order to save time. Prices can differ depending on season.
If you want to look at Kiruna town after your trip maybe you will have some hours on the return from the wilderness.
From Kiruna city: Bus to Nikkaluokta: 6,5 USD
Taxi 70 USD
In the tourist center in Nikkaluokta you can buy camping gas (but to be sure, make a telephone checking before!).
From Nikkaluokta you have several possibilities to enjoy the wilderness of north Sweden.
In my travellog I describe our attempt to climb Kebnekaise.
(In 2002 we did not succed in reaching the top, so I have added a few pictures from the top taken in year 2001)
I have also made a small overview of Kiruna.
(Amendment 2003: I reached the top once more in 2003, not so many photos taken though.
What struck me most was that the upper top of the montain that is snow and ice has melted from +2215 m til +2205 m, official measurings. We also noticed that some other parts on the way uphill that was snow and ice in 2001 [- and also in 2002 as far as we reached], this year 2003 has melted. Not a pleasent discover to see.)
New successfull attempt was made with greater expedition (6 persons) in 2004.
No expedition in 2005.
Latest expedition was made in august 2006 (4 persons: Chris, Lennart, Anders and Håkan (El_Sueco)), including day-trekking to the Tarfala tourist station from the Kebnekaijse Mountain Loudge. No time for resting this year. "When the going gets tough, the tough gets going."

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nature at its best! Drinking water directly from the brooks!
  • Cons:Weather can change rapidly, you have to prepare for cold!
  • In a nutshell:This will be a yearly tradition!
  • Last visit to Kiruna: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 3, 2006
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  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2003 at 3:12 AM

    Inte Löderup precis :-))) Tack för bra praktiska tips för en novis.

  • gale.blog.pl's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2003 at 2:58 AM

    It was a genuine pleasure to read your tips on Kiruna and see pictures of this beautiful place :)

  • dave_21's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2003 at 1:43 AM

    Kul att se denna underbara natur igen, jag var uppe på toppen förra sommaren. Vädret var detsamma som ni hade. Det är verkligen ett underbart orört landskap. Bra sida!

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2002 at 12:06 AM

    en fantastsk sida. Jag kommer igen. Grattis till födelsedagen!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2002 at 8:52 AM

    Great job! Good intro, detailed info in tips and amazing pics! I like church of Kiruna and Erskine houses :-)

  • Pelourinho's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2002 at 2:42 PM

    I hate cold places, but these pages make me warm all over!

  • Carmela71's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2002 at 3:20 AM

    looks phantastic!!! thanks for sharing! travelogues are great!

  • yeah_baby's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2002 at 2:18 PM

    Amazing pages, beautiful photos, and love the infos-thanks!!

  • maritagnes's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2002 at 2:49 PM

    Great page and interesting church pictures! Hope to have better time to explore the area next time I get to Kiruna.

  • kylian74's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2002 at 4:46 AM

    Nice backpacking trip, beautiful Kiruna red churches pics. hope to visit Sweden again. GOOD page!!

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