I was only short time here in Kiruna. It is a mining city that has nothing really special to offer as a city, but the surrounding and the nature around is amazing, so you can use Kiruna as your base for supply and other city needs that you might have.
Facts about Kiruna municipality
Area: 19 447 km2 = 1,2 inhabitants/km2
Population: 23 844 (2002), of which approx. 80 % live in the population centre
Language: Swedish, Sami (Lappish) & Finnish
Average age: 36,3 years
Sweden's largest and northernmost municipality.
There are 6000 lakes and 6 rivers: Torne-, Kalix-, Lainio-, Muonio-, Könkämä- & Rautasälven.
Longest river: Torneälven, 510 km
Highest mountain: Kebnekaise, 2117 metres above sea level (Sweden's highest mountain)
Largest lake: Torneträsk, 322 km2, 70 km long & 11 km wide, 230 metres deep.
Kiruna was founded in 1900.
Kiruna City is located 550 metres above sea level.
Kouksu & Lainio are probably the oldest villages in Kiruna municipality. Lainio celebrated 350 years in 1981.
Kiruna municipality is in the county of Norrbotten & the Province of Lappland.
From Riksgränsen in the west to Saivomoutka in the east, it is 370 km.
Best place to spend the night
To spot the midnightsun Is on top of that peak, Luosavaara.
The arrange bus trips up to the top. But don't take that! Walk, you'll need some exercise! :-)
I hope you'll get at least one Sunny day if you go here! To see the nidnightsun is only once in a lifetime for many!
This is a picture of the U-2....
This is a picture of the U-2. It is officially not a U-2 but an E-2. (I think that was the nomenclature) It is a giant glider with big engines. It lands on one wheel like a glider. Most of the missions last for 8 hours. The pilot wears a space suit.
It is almost impossible to get this close to this aircraft when it is in the US. It is based at Edwards Airforce Base in California.
Well I can't say that I think is guy was wierd.
But it's a little odd to see a sign that says: "I live here" (Här Bor Jag) in the middle of nowhere, 40 km without a single house on the road to Esrange.
Well....I guess I'm not the only one who has taken a picture of that sign....