Kiruna Travel Guide

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Kiruna Things to Do

  • Dog sled and ice hotel

    We first visited the ice hotel which is 12km east of kirunaIt's 325sek (£32) entry or 200sek with student card With this you get to walk around at your own pace, viewing rooms, the chapel, the bar and any other book of crannie u want to see. There are guides tours but they only give u some history over and above what u can c yourself.It's an...

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  • LKAB mining tour

    LKAB is the local mining company so important to Sweden's economy. It is possible to visit it but although we planned it, the mine turned out to be closed for its annual inspection once it got closer to our departure - but we'll be back in summer to see it and much more. Meanwhile, I can inform you that the InfoMine as it is called, takes bookings...

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  • Abisko National Park

    You can see my Abisko page on this wonderful place, about an hour west of Kiruna itself (I told you it is a vast municipality) by train or car. Attenborough regards it as one of two natural wonders of Europe because of its rare flora in summer, and the rest of us just love the silhouette of the famous Lapporten ("Lapp Gate") u-shaped valley, the...

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Kiruna Hotels

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  • Hotell Vinterpalatset

    My wife and I took our family and friends to Kiruna for a wedding. We all stayed at the hotel and...

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  • Camp Ripan

    Campingvagen 5, Kiruna, 98135, Sweden

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Scandic Ferrum Kiruna

    In our last visit in summer 2006 we stay here at the Scandic Ferrum. It is central located with the...

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Kiruna Restaurants

  • Best Burger in Kiruna!!!

    Trying to find a great Canadian style burger, because we sooo missed a simple burger after 4 weeks in Kiruna! So we tried this place! Can't remember the name, but it has a BIG coke bottle on top of it, and is located directly behind the Scandic Hotel! At first my husband ordered the largest burger (can order in different wieght), and wanted a...

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  • More than just pizza

    We had already seen many so-called Italian Pizzerie in Sweden, where neither the food nor the staff are Italian, so we did not like the idea of having dinner at such a place. However the only eateries that we saw open at that time of the evening seemed to be the "pizzerie", so we chose the one which seemed to offer more variety in the list posted...

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  • For Vegetarians

    If you are a Vegetarian then you will have a hard time in Kiruna, at least I had. Sallads are not enough for me as lunches or dinners. I need something heavy/filling. I couldn't find vegetarian anywhere in decent price. (I was traveling on shoestrings) Only option I was left with was pizza. Even there are not many of these pizzerias around but we...

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Kiruna Nightlife

  • Chilly

    There isn't any nightlife here because it is a very small town with the one and only attraction being the Ice Hotel itself. Of course it is renowned for it's Absolute Vodka bar. Flavoured vodka shots/cocktails served in ice glasses (so keep your gloves on!). They are out of this world! Think I only had 3 but fell in the snow many times on the way...

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  • O'Leary's

    O'Leary's, a pub, restaurant, sports bar, it seems good choice for food and drinks and rather popular in this city.

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  • Outdoor nightlife

    Other VTer's mentioned little nightlive in Kiruna.???Yes, they are right!!!No, they are wrong!!!There is nightlife in Kiruna, but not the nightlife usual barhoppers are looking for.A night, sitting around an open fire with friends can be so exciting...illuminated by the full moon and starlight, and maybe some northern lights....howling wolves far...

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Kiruna Transportation

  • 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...

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  • Train

    We took train from Kiruna to Narvik, we couldnt buy the ticket at the train station because it closed for some reason. Finally we bought the ticket on the train.

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  • 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.

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  • Local handicraft

    ask for local artists and craftsman. Typical are:KnivesCarvings from wood and reindeer horn compare, look around, prices are different and discussable

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  • Sami handicraft

    Sami handicraft is soooo beautiful. As the Sami people have a strong link with nature, most things feature animal motifs and similar. Pure and nice. You can buy reindeer skin bracelets, silver pendants, things made of reindeer antlers and of course their famous knives and colourful clothing. From SEK 150 and up to a lot more.

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Kiruna Local Customs

  • Sami/Lappish traditions

    The Sami people live in Lappland, and while we didn't meet any, we did see some of their traditions. While on the moose safari, we saw some pieces of cloth attatched to poles on the side of the road - the Sami people attatch them there as a way to mark where the reindeer are. Also, the people who went on the dogsled ride (dogsledding is a part of...

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  • Reindeers

    The sami's often put a bell on some Reindeers in a herd. So you easily know if they belong to someone or if they're just wild!So if you see a Reindeer who hasn't got a bell it might be a wild. But a better way is to look on their sizes, often "wilds" are larger and quite reserved. They usually runs away as soon as they have seen you.

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  • Wierd Locals??

    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....

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Kiruna Warnings and Dangers

  • Bring cash with you! No ATM at the...

    As of Jan 30th, 2014, there was no ATM in the airport at Kiruna. I probably am the only bright guy to rely too much on the widespread use of credit cards in Sweden (everywhere, any shop, restaurant, B&B, bus, even street vendors..!), but when me and my friends got to Kiruna we had no cash..My friend even asked while in Stockholm Arlanda airport,...

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  • Moving the town centre

    The future is unsure in Kiruna itself. Geologists have found long cracks in the bedrock, right under the centre, and whilst they pose no imminent danger, it means that parts of the town centre will have to move. The railway station area as soon as within ten years, others no later than 30 years from now! No one knows quite who will pay for this...

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  • Mosquitoes

    You are in Lapland here, and, of course, there might be mosquitoes during the summer, but don't worry, usually it is not a problem in the city, and even if it is, there are solutions for the problems.

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Kiruna Tourist Traps

  • Kiruna Safaris to Skystation: grossly...

    I stayed in Kiruna and wanted to see the northern lights. All over the city there is advertising for the Aurora Skystation in Abisko. I have just got back to Kiruna from a trip to the Abisko Skystation, and I want to tell you all not to waste your money. We paid over 1600kr (about US$235) each for this tour from Kiruna. The operator of the trip,...

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  • Restrooms

    If you happen to visit this place during winter, you will have to use restroom quite often. In most of the Swedish places, if you are buying something, they let you use the restroom for free, but not in Kiruna. We were at Sibylla (Swedish McDonald's) to eat really crappy Vegetarian burger, one of our friend needed to use restroom and they were...

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  • Dogsledding

    I guess the dogsled tours would qualify as a tourist trap, since they're ridiculously expensive. I thought it might be interesting, and I would have went if not for the high price. I figure I can do it for free back home (I have an uncle in Quebec who owns a dogsled) so why bother? I went on a moose safari instead, which was much cheaper and...

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Kiruna What to Pack

  • Warm clothing

    Backpack or sailors bag warm winter clothingArctic overalls and boots can be rented from the operator just your normal supplysunscreen Yes!!!We wanna see pics on your VT page sleeping bag for winter temperatures(can be rented aswell)

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  • Winter stuff

    If you're only staying for a weekend, you don't need a huge suitcase. Just a backpack and maybe another bag. If you're going in the winter, it's very cold there, so bring warm clothes. Bring ski pants if you have a pair. Warm boots too. Your own prescriptions and any other medicines you normally bring on trips. An extra pair of glasses or...

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  • Climate in Kiruna

    I was here end of August and it was damn cold. We had frost at night and in the morning it started snowing. So bring warm clothes!!The region of Kiruna is grassland which means mosquitos in the warmer periodes. Do not miss your neoprene suit! :-D There is no special rainy seasonAvg. Temp. in Spring: max.: -2 – 9°C ( 28 - 49°F ); min: -14 - 0°C (...

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Kiruna Off The Beaten Path

  • Vadvetjåkka National Park

    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...

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  • The nature

    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.

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  • The Church

    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.

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Kiruna Sports & Outdoors

  • Dog sledging

    It IS special experiencing the snowy countryside with a pack of dogs. Several places in the area offer tours, not least the Ice Hotel if you stay there (they can even pick you up from Kiruna airport with dogs). Otherwise, ask the tourist office for an updated list. Most will lend you warm overalls.

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  • Winter sports

    I think there is a place where you can go skiing or snowboarding, but I'm not sure where it is. We decided to do other activities instead of winter sports. You can probably ask the locals where to go for winter sports.

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  • Evening wear

    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.

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  • Kiruna

    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.Kiruna

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  • Winter stuff

    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...

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