Things to do in Kiruna

Kiruna is a great place to see the Northern Lights

Located in the far north of Sweden, Kiruna is a small town that offers a unique experience in both winter and summer. Kiruna is home to the famous Ice Hotel, the world’s largest underground mine, and an intense winter tundra which all make the city an unforgettable holiday location. One of the main reasons visitors choose Kiruna is to see the Northern Lights during the winter season which fill the sky with colorful and bright patterns.


Things to do in Kiruna


Kiruna Ice Hotel

Although a fairly small city, there’s still a great deal to see and fairly many things to do in Kiruna. A bus ride away, you can visit or stay at the incredible Ice Hotel which is constructed every year after it melts in the summer months. The unique ice rooms where visitors stay are each designed with elaborate ice sculptures by local Swedish artists. Thick fur blankets and warm sleeping suits are provided for guests to stay warm while sleeping in the hotel.


Northern lights

If you visit during winter, a clear night often offers the bright Northern Lights. The Kiruna Church is a wonderful landmark and beautiful piece of architecture that is located right in the town center.


Kiruna and the Sami culture

Kiruna is located in Lapland which is the area of Sweden dominated by the rich Sami culture, making the city a great place to learn more about the Sami tradition and handicrafts.


The Kiruna Mine

You can also tour the iron ore mine which is two kilometers deep and a main source of energy for Sweden.


When to go to Kiruna

Because of its location within the Arctic Circle, Kiruna experiences extreme light and darkness. During the summer months, the sun stays above the horizon for most of the day and during the winter the sun only makes a brief appearance. Thus, there is never a wrong time to visit Kiruna, it simply depends on whether you want to experience sunshine and summer festivals or dog sledding and winter activities.

Kiruna Facts

Population18 148
CurrencySwedish Krona
AirportKiruna, Sweden (KRN)

Kiruna average temperatures

-9~-7 °C -9~-7 °C -2 °C 4 °C 6~11 °C 13~16 °C 17~21 °C 16~17 °C 9~11 °C 0~2 °C -4~-3 °C -11~-6 °C


Kiruna ski vacations - Good for pre- season skiing

Kiruna in Sweden is usually a good alternative for the pre-season. Although they’ve had some problems with the snow they’ve decided to only have natural snow in their cross- country trails. Not only is it better for the environment, it also gives a more authentic feeling. Kiruna offers you long and nice cross- country trails where you can start skiing in October already if there is enough snow.

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