Situated in the heart of Lapland, Kiruna is a town in Sweden located at the northernmost point of the country. Home to the world’s largest iron ore mine, an extraordinary ice hotel, stunning buildings and beautiful architecture as well as being closely situated to Kebnekaise, Sweden’s largest mountain, this really is a town that has something for everyone. For those who have a sense of adventure and experiencing the great outdoors, there are plenty of unique excursions to experience in and around the town including husky sledding, ice fishing and excursions to see the fantastic Northern Lights.
One of these would be ideal for negotiating mountainous roads or routes which are on a steep incline and perfect in icy or snowy weather conditions.
Driving in Kiruna
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Important things to note
Journeys might take longer than expected owing to long, winding roads and greater distances between places.
Road conditions can be poor so drive cautiously, particularly in rural areas where roads can be heavily potholed.
Wildlife such as reindeer and moose are prone to wandering into the road, so it’s recommended to drive slowly and cautiously. Speed limits are generally low throughout the area for exactly this reason.
Highlights & Hotspots
Foodies looking to sample local cuisine should visit Camp Ripan Restaurang. This unusual restaurant offers excellent buffet-style food as well as traditional Sámi-inspired dishes on the à la carte menu, using local produce.
Of course no visit to this northernmost part of Sweden would be complete without an excursion to experience the fabulous northern lights. This fascinating natural phenomenon can be seen between October and March. There are multiple excursions and tours available in the town centre.
Outdoorsy types visiting during the summer months will find that there are a range of hiking, kayaking and water-rafting opportunities available in and around the town. Skiing and ice-skating activities are available throughout the winter months as well as dog-sledding and ice-fishing.
Visit the fascinating Icehotel which also doubles up as a museum during the off-season, so even visitors who aren’t staying in the hotel can discover this unique building and ice sculptures. During the summer months, the hotel also hosts a fantastic ice sculpture exhibition.
Kiruna Airport is located approximately five miles from Kiruna town centre and is accessible via the Malmv√§gen and Flygf√§ltsv√§gen roads.
The airport is one of the smaller air terminals in Sweden, although it does offer near-perpetual service to other parts of the country, given its remote location in the north of Sweden.