Kiruna is hands down the best getaway if you’re looking for a snow-filled away-from-the-city adventure. This quaint mining city has a host of activities to offer, enough to keep you busy for your entire stay.
If you’re in Kiruna for a few days and if you’re in luck, you might get to see the northern lights sway.
Make sure you get out of the city to avoid light pollution; the Absiko National Park makes an excellent base to see the northern lights. Rent a car and make an evening excursion out of it.
Kiruna is covered in meter-deep glistening snow almost all year, so cross country skiing is never a bad idea.
Gliding over mountain slopes under the northern lights, with a view of snow covered mountains and lakes, is most certainly an out of this world experience.
If you aren’t big on skiing, go for a dog sled ride. Gliding over moon-lit snow on a dog sled; isn’t that everyone’s Arctic dream! Well, it should be!
There are various tours you can opt for, some will even pick you up from your hotel. You can go for a guided tour on a dog sled or become a musher yourself for a day.
Dine at the famous IceHotel. About 17 km from Kiruna, it’s one of the most elaborate structures with chandeliers, furnishings, common areas, rooms and a chapel made out of ice and snow.
They also have a bar that’s made entirely of ice with an ice bar counter and drinks served in glasses crafted out of ice.
The Sami people are indigenous to Sweden, Norway and a few regions of Finland and Russia. On the outskirts of the city is a Sami Camp where you can rent a cabin, learn about their traditions, culture and drive your own reindeer sleigh.
Absiko National Park occupies 7,700 hectares with mountains, flowering alpine landscapes so dramatic, your jaw will drop in awe.
The park offers a number of activities like snowshoeing, dog sledding, skiing, half-day and full-day tours, cable car rides and more.
Visit the Kiruna Pastorat, a Gothic Revival style church, featuring a fine Art Nouveau altar, is the largest wooden structure in the city. It looks absolutely spectacular on a winter evening.
Come winter and the entire city looks like a winter wonderland. Go for a quiet evening walk or idle around to explore the streets of Kiruna. Keep an eye out for the unusual ‘cage balconies’ which were built with a purpose of putting function over form.