Favorite thing: If you are staying in the Ice Hotel then there is no need to think about dressing for dinner. The theme is very casual and you dress for the weather, so jeans and fleece will do just fine. In the restaurant/bar you'll be able de-robe from your coats and big jumpers or snowsuits before going in to sit down.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: If you visit Kiruna during the winter, take advantage of the winter stuff - the ice hotel, wild moose safari, dogsledding, etc. After all, when and where else are you going to have a chance to do these things? For a small snow-covered village, there are a lot of things to do in winter in Kiruna. In the Yellow House youth hostel, there are a few posters and signs advertising these activities, so just pick which ones you want and call the number on the poster to book it. Be sure to bring warm clothes and boots though!
Fondest memory: I enjoyed the ice hotel, especially the theme rooms. Also, the wild moose safari was good. A few people in my group went dog-sledding instead of the safari, and they enjoyed that too.
- Study Abroad
Favorite thing: Abisko (see page) in the western corner of Kiruna municipality, near the Norwegian border, is one the best place in Sweden to watch the aurora borealis in but it is possible all over the north on clear and dark nights. If you want to have a prognosis for the northern lights, call 0900-100 10 40.
- National/State Park
- Arts and Culture
Mine tour and underground mushroom farm
Favorite thing: Actually we wanted to take the mine tour in Kiruna - it was fully booked. We were told by the tourist information that you have to book early in advance to take the tour. So we couldn't see it.
The mine is the largest iron ore mine. A tour by bus offers you insights in drilling and loading processes and shows you the cultivation of shii-take mushrooms.
Favorite thing: When you see this sign, wherever you are in the world. You know you're going to tread into wilderness.
This sign is located 200km south east of Kiruna.
The arctic cirkle moves every year so they have to move this sign every year...
Favorite thing: If you want mountains, go to the west!
If you want great forest, go to the east!
The great woods in the south and east parts of Kiruna is astonishing! All of them are untouched and you have great chances to spot a large Elk!
The great mountain in the west and north parts are amazing. And if you want to see mountains covered with snow this must be your choise!
Favorite thing: Up here there are mostly tundra, with lots of wetlands and bogs. These enviroments are excellent for mosquitos. I strongly recommend some mosquito protection, the "Roll-on" protection is the best!
If you're worried about mosquito bites, don't be. How hard you try to keep away from them, in the end they will hunt you and they will get you! ;-)
LKAB - World-class iron ore products and services
Favorite thing: LKAB is an international, high-tech ore processing company.
They are the only iron ore exporter within the European Union, and are therefore often referred to as "Europe's home mine". Most of their export shipments (80%) go to European steel mills.
They have two underground iron ore mines; in Kiruna and Malmberget.
Crude ore from their mines is upgraded to fines, pellets and special products in our processing plants in Kiruna, Svappavaara and Malmberget. The products are transported by rail to their two shipping harbors in Luleå and Narvik. From there, they are delivered to customers around the world.
I suggest a guided tour in the mine for those who has the interest! It can be very scary, but it's all worth it for those who have phobia about lifts or other phobias
Best place to spend the night
Favorite thing: 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!
Facts about Kiruna municipality
Favorite thing: 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.
The ever changing nature
Fondest memory: The weather changes very rapidly and very locally. On this picture you see the clouds over the Kebnekaijse mountains (the highest peak is not visable).
When we got to Kiruna/Nikkaluokta/Kebnekaijse, the sun was all shining, the morning after we tried to get up on top of Kebnekaijse, but was stopped by fog, hail and heavy winds.
After that the clouds were covering the mountains the rest of the week, although in Nikkaluokta 20 km away the sun were shining. New clouds was driven over and over again by stormy winds towards us in Nikkaluokta but was heated up by the sun and disappeared on the way. Due to the winds we had rain driven over us now and then in the sun.
That sort of changes and variations is the fascinating thing about nature.
- Hiking and Walking
- Family Travel
Fondest memory: This is me getting ready to lay some tracks in the fresh snow.
Since Riksgransen is located above the arctic-circle there will be midnight sun here for a couple of months. During these months you can go skiing in the middle of the night!!! All the lifts are opened for a couple of hours each night. This is awesome!!
A warning: the sun can some days cause a blinding effect where you lose all the contures of the slope, and the lack of trees makes things worse. This is scary since I tested many different goggles and none worked well to reduce this.
- Adventure Travel
Relax and prepare for hiking...
Favorite thing: Relax and prepare for hiking in the national parks. The town is quite unsignificant and there are no many buildings to admire. It is located by a lake and by huge mountains formed by the detritus of the coal mines. It is certainly not the coolest place on Earth, I guess.
Fondest memory: Kiruna is over the polar circle, so there is always light during the summer. That's a great experience.
This is a picture of the U-2....
Favorite thing: 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.
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