Even closer to Norway than Abisko, this small park I am told is wilder than it too, and that's hardly surprising since fewer tourists come here than to easy-to-reach Abisko. It has more snow in winter too as it doesn't have the cloud gaps that Abisko gets. Mostly famous for its lake delta and several caves. This picture (taken from the train) DOES show the opposite side of Lake Torne to Abisko, but not the national park which is further west.
The nature and the area around Kiruna is fantastic for hiking, trekking, fishing and whatever you can think of regarding to this. Also, as it is in Sweden, it is very well organise and safe. There are plenty of sites and possibilities. Check the official site or search for more.
There is a small Church in Kiruna (I think it's a Lutheran Church), made mostly of dark wood. The outside design is interesting, and I like the carvings above the front door. The inside looks nice too, but I personally found it a bit depressing since most of it was very dark. But to each his own, I guess... It's a nice place to visit anyway.
If you take the tour into the LKAB mine they tell you all about how they dig their holes.
They use explosives to break up a lot of the rock and they detonate this at 1:30 every morning. Even though the mine is one kilometre underground you can still feel the tremor from anywhere in the town.
May not be worth waiting up for but if you are up watching the northen lights.......
Try to climb on a nearby hill to get a a view on Kiruna. The best would surely be the summit of Luossavaara, a characteristic mount. The mining process gave the mount its characteristic stair-like profile (sorry, do not have a pic of it).
if you end up in kiruna one of the best things you can do is to leave and go north towards abisko or even better head on into the fjords in norway. if you only have time for a day trip try to make it at least to abisko where the skies begin to open up, the land begins to get more interesting, and the trees finally begin to thin out. the geography here is definitely more interesting and exciting than anything around kiruna
Ice-water swimming with sauna and hot tub.
-' The most exciting adventure I ever went through'.
-' A wonderful feeling I never will forget'.
There is a little house on the ice of the river, beneath the Icehotel. When You see smoke from the chimney, You are welcome to have a look at Jukkasjärvis most exciting activity! Sure You want to try it yourself!
Together with Your guide Hans-Peter, an experienced icewater swimmer, You will get warm in the sauna, then dive into the icehole, get up again and sit in the hot tub talking as long as you like beneath the open sky, having a warm drink. You may stay as long time as you want, and I'm sure you are going to dive several more times!
Price: Adults SEK 325:-, children SEK 150:-, including towel, bathing suit and warm drink.
Ordinary open period Friday-Sunday 4 pm - 8 pm.
Groups can book at any other time, phonenumber +46 980 66 800.
I was lucky enough because during my 3 days there, I could see the northern light almost every night.