"The Kiruna area and Ice Hotel" Top 5 Page for this destination Sweden Things to Do Tip by Sjalen
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Some of the last true European wilderness and it is awful to bundle it together in the way I have here when Kiruna commune is one of the largest town council areas in the world and in fact bigger than the entire province of Scania in the south! Further down, I have therefore made a separate tip about Abisko National Park an hour west of Kiruna itself. However, there are many places I haven't been to in the area yet.
Take a train to Kiruna and explore the world's largest mine and the Esrange space centre. In winter you can also visit the famous ice hotel at Jukkasjärvi nearby. Sure, it is a tourist trap but it is one of those that are still amazing. There is the northern light (auroras) in winter as well as husky rides and skiing resorts. In summer you go trekking along the famous Kungsleden (again, see Abisko) or other trails. Sweden's highest mountain Kebnekaise is just south of Kiruna and has its own fell station. Otherwise, visit a Same camp and follow the reindeer calves branding or just enjoy the midnight sun from a mountain top :-) If you go to Riksgränsen on the Norwegian border, you can also go skiing in the midsummer midnight sun and at Björkliden you will find the world's northernmost golf course open at night! It's also around here (along the iron ore railway to Narvik in Norway) that you will find the railwaymens' cemetery and museum as there was a huge effort involved in building a railway in this wilderness. When you've done all this, you've built up an apetite for smoked reindeer, grilled trout from the mountain streams and sweet cloudberries...
If you've come for the northern lights, check this Kiruna page for sunset times throughout the year as even if there IS an aurora, you won't see it when it's too bright. "Vecka" means week and "ned" means down, i.e. sunset: http://www.kommun.kiruna.se/web2/ny_web/kortom.html_Ny/sol.html
Directions: Train or plane from Stockholm to Kiruna.
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