Train is the best way
Train is the most common way to go here, it's often cheap and it goes pretty fast.
From Stockholm it's about 500:- SEK and it takes about 17h.
I suggest you contact Connex, it's a cheaper alternative then SJ.
To get to the Ice Hotel that's located in Jukkasjärvi (20km) I suggest you take the local bus or a Taxi.
Take the train
To get to Kiruna, we took the train. We left Sundsvall in the evening, and arrived the next morning. We ended up with ridiculously cheap train tickets (don't ask me how, I have no idea!), so we were happy about that. The train wasn't too bad. We played a few games, chatted, and slept.
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Take the bus from Kiruna to Nikkaluokta
From Kiruna to Nikkaluokta it is 60 kilometers. The bus fare is 62 SEK. It will get you there in less then one hour.
When you come to Kiruna, by air or by train, you can leave your luggage unguarded inside this station.
If you ask nicely, the bus station staff will let your luggage stand there for some hours while you are waiting.
Use the stair to the packet/post room, just behind the rucksacks on the picture.
The staff of course will not garantee anything from being stolen, but people here are thrustworthy, so don´t worry. (But of course, to make sure that you will not get a bad impression, bring your passport, your camera and your money with you).
Why don´t you meanwhile go and see the famous church, just 5 minutes away.
Sure, you can whizz to Kiruna by plane from Stockholm but why kill all the fun? Going by train from Stockholm (also possible from Göteborg further south west) takes 16 hours! This makes you realise how oblong this country really is and if you go in summer, you won't be able to sleep as the gorgeous northern farmsteads and great rivers unfold outside your window in the never setting sun. If you travel during winter, you will never sleep as you look out in the middle of the night and see a tiny village with a peculiar name, where the train has stopped as this is the only "lifeline" to the world and two people might get off and disappear into the snow. Then as dawn comes, the sky take on a fantastic set of colours and you can start to spot the elks (moose) and reindeer in the snow along the line...The line up north is what brings our iron to the rest of the world and therefore a piece of railway people died to construct in harsh conditions. There is a buffet car on board with evening meals and breakfast buffet. As for sleeping comfort - you WILL eventually sleep. There are seats, couchettes and sleepers...the latter quite comfy as the train makes fewer stops than most night trains.
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'Fly Nordic' is 'Low Cost' airline because it says
- We just fly, nothing else.
- We fly point to point only.
- We are not part of a costly alliance or do not offer expensive frequent flyer programs.
- We do not use paper tickets or plastic cards.
- Ticket sales and booking is done mainly on the internet.
- Service on board is available to those who wish to pay extra.
- Our administration is minimal.
Taxi from the airport
You can book taxi 24 hours a day at +46(0)980-120 20
I recommend you booking taxi in advance because when we arrived the airport at 6pm , we could find one...I had to ask the taxi which was booked in advance to call the other for us...We waited at the airport 30 mins...it's almost empty and very quite.
We took a flight from Stockholm to Kiruna with SAS rather than get the train. The flight took 1.5 hours and it was really nice to get there so quickly compared to the train which takes about 24 hours. The flight was also at the time the same price as the train, about 600 krona. The only problem with getting the flight is getting from the airport into the town to your accommodation. There is only one taxi company and they have a monopoly on the market so charge a ridiculous price to get to the town. But do try and bargain with them (we did).
Flight, Stockholm to Kiruna
SAS provide cheap flights to Kiruna from Stockholm. approx. 80 euro return. The flight takes 1.5 hours.
Beware the cost of a taxi from the airport to Kiruna town. Could be between 20 and 30 euro and its not far. Try to share taxi if you can.
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To spare your legs when trekking from Nikkaluokta to Kebnekaijse Alpine Station, you can take a boat on the lake Ladtjojaure and a bit upstreams the river. You can rest some 20-30 minutes while going upstreams and you will go approx 5 km with the boat.
The downstream boat landing is at the Ladtjojaure Kaffekatan ('Coffee hut') (See tip)
If you are using Train
In my honest opinion, riding a train through this part of the world is a great experience but if you are expecting any help at the train station then you will be really disappointed. Kiruna station is practically unmanned station. Even though the station is equipped with basic necessary amenities, you can not find any railway officer to help you with anything. Lockers at the stations are really big, you could store your check-in luggage in there easily and doesn't cost much. When we went, the ticket office was closed (i.e. not temporarily closed)
Snow-mobilesThis trip will...
This trip will take you across frozen lakes and snow clad pine forests, giving you a taste of the awesome beauty of the Laplandic landscape. Before setting off, Your guide will give You a short introduction to snowmobile driving. You can choose between short trips and longer expeditions with one or more nights in one of our comfortable wilderness camps. These camps are in the heart of Lapland and are not accessible by road.
Short snow-mobile tour
09:30-11:00 AM and 3:00-4:30 PM, with assembly point outside the reception. This is a suitable tour for those who are curious and want to have a go at snowmobile driving, the trip takes You mainly along the Torne River. Each snowmobile takes two people. We provide the additional clothing You need for the trip.
Price: SEK 575/person. (Minimum 2 people)
Snow-mobile, Day tour
9:30-14:30 Assembly point outside the reception. Warm clothing will be provided. After a short 'driving lesson' You will set off, two to a snowmobile. You will follow the Torne River and drive through forested foothills. At lunchtime You will stop en route in one of our wilderness camps for a delicious outdoor meal consisting of a starter, main course, coffee and cake.
Price: SEK 995/person. Minimum 2 people.
Kiruna is a small town, so I don't think it has a public transportation system. Aside from the bus that took us to the ice hotel and the vans that took us on our moose safari, we just walked everywhere we went.
There is an airport in Kiruna...
There is an airport in Kiruna providing direct flights to Stockholm. This is the best way to come here, unless you want to drive all the way up from Southern Sweden.
You will need a car in order to go to the National Parksm because there are not public transports.
Flying back home
Flying has a bit higher price than the train, but is more easy.
Do not get desperate when you leave, if you have not seen all. How nice isn´t to leave something to see for the next time.
There always be a next time!
From Stockholm to Kiruna there are night trains. It takes 19 hours, so of course it's great to be able to sleep during this time.
Beware that Swedish trains are often delayed during winter (it's not so bad up north, but worse in Stockholm where we are not used to so much snow).
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