KirunaSweden

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Discover Sweden’s most northerly town and the wonderful wilderness landscapes that surround it.

Kiruna is the perfect base for exploring Swedish Lapland. The largest city in the world based on area, this industrial town sits at around the same latitude as Greenland. Go on a bike tour of the city and learn about its diverse Swedish, Sami and Finnish influences, then relax over Swedish fika, a friendly coffee and sandwich date.

Learn about Kiruna’s important iron-ore mining industry at the LKAB Iron-Ore Mine.

Take a tour underground to see how iron-ore is transferred from the earth to the harbor and view powerful mining equipment.

Visit the Tourist Office to learn about the town’s plan to relocate over the course of 20 years. Kiruna is on the verge of collapsing into a hole left by the iron-ore mines and the whole town is set to move a few miles northwest, building by building.

Take a minute to reflect in the beautiful and peaceful red wooden church, Kiruna Kyrka. Built in the early 20th century, the church is designed to resemble an enormous Sami hut.

Head a few miles out of town to Máttárahkká, a craft shop featuring an interesting variety of Sami art and handicrafts. Relax at the sauna and hot tub on the shop’s roof.

Kiruna is an ideal base for exploring the wider region of Kiruna Municipality, which has over 6,000 sparkling lakes and an extensive network of rivers. Discover the territory on foot, by snowmobile or on a sled pulled by dogs.

Tackle the daunting peak of Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain. Enjoy camping at the mountain’s popular base camp and see dramatic views from its towering peak. Ride a chairlift up to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park for a chance to see the iconic northern lights.

Kiruna is served by the Kiruna Airport, located 4 miles (7 kilometers) east of the town center. An airport bus runs to the Tourist Office during the high season. Alternatively, get here by train or bus from Gällivare.

Explore the legendary beauty of Swedish Lapland from a base in this down-to-earth town.

Top Hotels in Kiruna

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Icehotel
Icehotel
3.5 out of 5
Marknadsvagen 63, Jukkasjarvi
$202
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Situated in Jukkasjarvi, this hotel is 10.7 mi (17.2 km) from Kiruna Church and 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Town Hall. Kiruna Mine is 17.5 mi (28.2 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (269 reviews)

"Stayed in a cold room and thought it was an incredible experience! The staff could be a bit more hospitable. Check in didn’t really go over much and then we were left to fend for ourselves. When it even came time for bed the desk clerk asked if anyone had given us the tutorial and we said no, this ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2020

Icehotel
SPiS Hotell & Hostel
SPiS Hotell & Hostel
2.5 out of 5
Bergmästaregatan 7, Kiruna
$68
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Located in the heart of Kiruna, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kiruna Church and Town Hall. Kiruna Mine is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Kiruna Station is ...

3.9/5Very Good! (317 reviews)

"very nice and soft clean beds linens and very large bath towel. Room was only a bit cold but nothing that I would go and complain. We did like and would return again"…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

SPiS Hotell & Hostel
Best Western Hotel Arctic Eden
Best Western Hotel Arctic Eden
3.5 out of 5
Foraregatan 18, Kiruna, Norrbotten
$116
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in the heart of Kiruna, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Hall and Kiruna Church. Kiruna Mine is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. Kiruna Station ...

4.2/5Very Good! (293 reviews)
Decent. Will stay again.

"Decent hotel, clean, friendly staff, decent food. Good sauna, ok swimming pool. Will definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Best Western Hotel Arctic Eden

Popular things to do in Kiruna

Muddus National Park
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Muddus National Park

Explore Sweden’s largest forest national park, a stunning stretch of wilderness that’s part of the Laponian World Heritage Site.

Kebnekaise
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Kebnekaise

Take on the thrilling trek to the top of Sweden’s highest mountain peak and enjoy incredible natural scenery along the way.

Kiruna Mine
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Kiruna Mine

5/5(1 review)

Venture underground to learn about the industry that has driven Kiruna’s development over the past century.

Kiruna Church
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Kiruna Church

4/5(1 review)

Study the unique design of this early 20th-century church, which was inspired by traditional indigenous homes.

Town Hall
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Town Hall

Admire the architecture of this remarkable public building and view the interesting exhibits housed inside.

Abisko National Park
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Abisko National Park

5/5(5 reviews)

Among Lappland’s most accessible national parks, this scenic expanse of wilderness marks the beginning of one of Sweden’s most famous hiking trails.

Top activities in Kiruna

Sit & Drive Lapland Dog Sled Driving Experience
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Sit & Drive Lapland Dog Sled Driving Experience

$164
Per adult
Husky Sled Northern Lights Tour
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Husky Sled Northern Lights Tour

88% of travellers recommend
$133
Per adult
Husky Sled Relaxing Morning Tour
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Husky Sled Relaxing Morning Tour

100% of travellers recommend
$122
Per adult
Lapland Dogsled Driving Experience
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Lapland Dogsled Driving Experience

$195
Per adult
Lulea Private Transfer from Lulea (LLA) airport to central Lulea
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Lulea Private Transfer from Lulea (LLA) airport to central Lulea

$27
Per adult
Overnight Lapland Tour via Husky Sled
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Overnight Lapland Tour via Husky Sled

$544
Per adult

Reviews of Kiruna

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Aug 18, 2019

Summertime in Kiruna is pretty dull.

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