Gallivare Vardshus

95222, Gallivare, Sweden
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Travel Tips for Gällivare

Come here for the nature,...

by Piggelin

Come here for the nature, winter or summer doesn't matter, it's always breathtaking. Sunbathing on the snow when the sun is getting warm again after the winter. Just love it. And no, it's not me in the picture.

Packing List

by Piggelin

A backpack is recommended. If you go in wintertime, bring warm clothes. It can get very cold. In summertime, bring mosquito repellent. I recommend 'Mygga' but it doesn't work for everyone, so just try different brands until you find something that works for you.

Downhill skiing

by Sjalen

On Mount Dundret, there are several ski slopes, including one for children. You can stay up here at the Dundret hotel or in the holiday village below and ski all you like, but you can also stay downtown and head up here by car. The Arctic winter light doesn't stop you as there are illuminated slopes.

Stora Sjöfallet National Park

by Sjalen

I have never been here but it has to be mentioned on a page about Gällivare. Located in the westernmost part of this vast municipality, the park can be reached by road from Porjus about 40 kilometres south of Gällivare, and that is as close as I've ever got to it but I hope to remedy that some time. Again, a park belonging to the UNESCO World Heritage area known as Laponia, this is a park full of lakes and of the Mount Akka and Kallaktjåkkå massives respectively. It takes its name from the local waterfall which these days is not that impressive due to hydroelectric extension in the area, but the rest of the park is full of high fells, virgin forest and boulders. There is a private fell station in Vietas.

Aitik Copper mine

by Sjalen

Run by the now internationally famous Swedish mining company Boliden, Aitik opened in 1968 and lies 20 or so kilometres south east of Gällivare itself, which is why it is less visited than the LKAB mine in Malmberget (see general tip). You can visit this one too though in high season, and it is the World's largest open cast copper mine so it should be impressive (and also has finds of silver and gold). As for me, I sadly also associate it with dam failures in the years 2000 and 2003 when copper was released into the nearby river and Boliden was prosecuted for neglect when constructing the dam that was supposed to hold contaminated water. At least Boliden seems to have accepted responsibility for the whole event and learnt something from it whilst continuing its work on recovering lead from the environment and so on.

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