"The City with Both Darkness and Light" Top 5 Page for this destination Kiruna by dave_21

Kiruna Travel Guide: 174 reviews and 350 photos


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Kiruna is a place of contrasts, where the summer sun shines for almost two full months without setting, while the polar night lowers its dark blue blanket over the area for the last three weeks of December. The contrasts are seen also in other ways, for here we find the ancient Saami (Lappish) crafts and ways existing side by side with the high-tech that has made Kiruna a unique European research centre.

Kiruna Municipality is the northernmost municipality in Sweden and the largest by area. The municipality is half as large as Switzerland, covering 20,000 square kilometres. At one time, the geography books had Kiruna as the world?s biggest town, but a reform in the 1970s abolished the term town in Sweden and Kiruna is now a municipality. From our ?town mountain? Kebnekaise, 2,117 metres above sea level, (Sweden?s highest mountain), we see 1/11th of Sweden. Half a dozen summits in the municipality exceed 2,000 metres above sea level.

There are more than 6,000 lakes in Kiruna. Torneträsk, the largest, is more than 70 kilometres long. Within the municipal borders, there are seven large unspoilt rivers. These are the Kalix, Torne, Lainio, Rautas, Vittangi, Könkämä and Muonio. The area is vast and since 85% of the municipality?s population live in Kiruna community, it is extremely sparsely populated. In other words, this is what is often termed ?the last wilderness in Europe?.

I have been here many times but last time my friend and I where here to climb Swedens highest mountain and for trekking and fishing! And so we did...

Sunrise and Sunset in Kiruna
Kiruna latitud :67.83 longitud :20.43

Midnightsun from 28 May, to 16 July during 50 days
Polarnight from 12 Dec, to 31 Dec. during 20 days

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A what a magnificent land, you'll fell free as a bird here...
  • Cons:Well if you don't like Long days in summer and Short days in winter I guess that's a con..
  • In a nutshell:Sami's, Reindeers, Tundra and Wilderness!
  • Last visit to Kiruna: Aug 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Some inspiring tips Dave. What are the mosquitoes like in the summer? I like the sound of the other wildlife and your photos are stunning. Thanks for sharing, Mike

  • Oct 28, 2006 at 6:21 AM

    Some good photos here. Interesting to read about a place I`d like to visit one day.

  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2005 at 6:31 AM

    Jättefin sida som vanligt! :) Jag sitter här och längtar tillbaka upp till Kiruna...

  • El_Sueco's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2004 at 1:19 PM

    Great pictures and good information. Maybe we will meet at the top this year?

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2004 at 4:52 AM

    fantastic page!

  • kaloz's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2004 at 2:10 PM

    The Arctic circle moves every year! When is it moving to Italy?

  • Narviking's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 4:45 PM

    Came back from Kiruna a few hours ago after a daytrip to see the Snow and Ice festival. It was great with ice sculptures, dog and reindeer races and various cultural activities. But so damn cold !!!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2003 at 10:36 PM

    Love the Riksgransen pic! Who do I apply to to get the job of moving the Arctic Cirle signs? Well done.

  • Maline's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2003 at 12:46 PM

    Awesome phots - again! And great facts as well, a very very good page!

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2003 at 8:48 PM

    Naturens skönhet är fantastisk!! Orörd natur!! Where is your 3rd foot for the 3 countries? Really great adventure!!


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