Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Kiruna

At 250 kilometres north of the polar circle, the summer sun shines for almost two months without going down, while the polar nights offer the most intense northern lights that can be seen. You can go slalom skiing here until midsummer or spend the night in a magnificent hotel built from ice. The kingdom of contrasts is a hackneyed phrase, but Kiruna is the original.

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Kiruna airport is located nine kilometres from the city centre and the journey time is about 15 minutes. Airport buses are only available at certain times of the year, mainly in the summer period. For detailed information, phone: +46 980 15690. Taxis cost around 250 kronor for up to four persons (around 300 kr nights and weekends). Airport taxis cost around 125 kr per person. Taxi to Jukkasjärvi costs around 250 kr, taxi to Björkliden costs around 1200 kr and taxi to Riksgränsen costs around 1200 kr. Many hotels have prebooked buses waiting at the airport.
Adresse: Kiruna
Telefon: +46 10 109 46 00


Sweden can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

One of the best time to visit Kiruna is summer: city is packed with visitors and locals enjoy long days as the sun never sets (or it does only for few hours, only to come up soon). However, this is peak season, so the prices on accommodation and flights are very very high. If you like winter and don't mind the cold, another good season to visit this city is from November to March, this time of the year you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding and, if you are brave enough to endure possibly hazardous weather, you can also experience the incredible northern lights.

Public transport

Within Kiruna city centre most places are walking distance. Communications in the county are well developed, a necessity in a region where there are mile after mile of deep forests, rushing rivers and wilderness separating towns and villages from each other. Länstrafiken i Norrbotten AB is the principal provider of all public bus transport in Norrbotten and its routes run between the villages.


Taxis in Kiruna are reliable and use fare meters. It can sometimes be difficult to find a car on the street, even in the centre. Taxi Kiruna:
Telefon: +46 980 12020


Nowadays you will find postal service points in supermarkets and petrol stations across Sweden. Here you can buy stamps, send and receive packets.


Pharmacy Hjärtat Gallerian Kiruna:
Adresse: Föreningsgatan 6, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 771 405405
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 10.00-19.00; Sat 10.00-16.00; Sun 12.00-16.00


Country code +46 Area code: 0980


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The Midnight Sun

If you have never been in Northern Scandinavia during the midsummer period, the light is perhaps the most fascinating and obvious phenomena. The sun doesn’t go down at all. There is a good view of the surroundings from the city mountain, Luossavaara, about four km outside Kiruna. The midnight sun can be experienced between 27 May and 14 July in Kiruna.

The Northern Lights

Between September and April there is the chance of experiencing the northern lights, provided that it is a starry night. For a northern lights forecast, phone: 0900 100 10 40


Forty kilometres from Kiruna is Europe’s only civilian space base. Esrange is a centre for European space research and offers guided tours in the summertime (also wintertime on request). Learn more about the northern lights, rocket launches and micro gravitation.
Adresse: Esrange Space Center, Jukkasjärvi
Telefon: +46 980 72059

The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi

The world-famous Ice Hotel is located in Jukkasjärvi, 17 km from Kiruna. The world’s largest hotel of its kind, made out of thousands of tonnes of snow and ice, is rebuilt every winter. You’ll be nice and cool as you sleep after a drink in the Absolut Icebar, beautifully chiselled out of pure blue ice from the River Torne. Open from mid-December to the end of April. In the summer you can experience ice art in the hotel’s Art Centre.
Adresse: Jukkasjärvi
Telefon: +46 980 66800


From Nikkaluokta, 66 km west of Kiruna, there are first-rate skiing and trekking trails to, among other places, the top of Sweden’s highest mountain – Kebnekaise (2103 m). Walk the first 19 km to Kebnekaise mountain station where you register for the next day’s guide-led route to the top. The trip takes about 8-10 hours and requires a good level of fitness. Minimum age is 16.
Adresse: Kebnekaise, Jukkasjärvi
Transport: Buses run every day between Kiruna and Nikkaluokta, for departure times see or phone +46 771 100 110

The Kungsleden Trail

Sweden’s most well-known long-distance footpath offers spectacular experiences of the natural world. It is 500 km long and starts in Abisko, 93 km west of Kiruna. The Kebnekaise-Saltoluokta section is suitable as a shorter route with 5 days trekking. For information on suggested routes and accommodation, visit Svenska Turistföreningen’s (the Swedish Tourist Organisation) website.
Adresse: Kebenekaise

The Mine

Experience the world’s largest underground iron ore mine—from the inside. Visit the mine—the café, the machinery, the theatre and museum, all located 540 meters underground. Daily trips from Kiruna Lappland Tourist Office. A minimum of ten persons during the winter season. Book well in advance! Tours depart from the tourist office.
Adresse: Kiirunavaaravägen 1, Kiruna

The Sami Culture

One in ten of Kiruna’s residents is of Sami origin, which creates a living culture. The Sami people have their own national anthem, flag and language. Samegården is a Sami cultural centre and museum, and Màttàrahkkà is a Sami handicrafts centre run by women.
Adresse: Brytaregatan 14, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 70 681 71 39


132 km from Kiruna there is a place where snow is absolutely guaranteed. Riksgränsen is one of the best ski resorts in Sweden with a season that continues through to midsummer. Slalom skiing under the midnight sun is an unforgettable experience.
Adresse: Riksgränsen


The third best descent in Sweden at 538 metres. The longest of the pistes is over three km. The Svarta Björn (Black Bear) area offers exciting off-piste skiing. Good skiing with short queues for the lifts and has been called Sweden’s most underrated skiing resort by the magazine Åka Skidor (”Skiing”).
Adresse: Björkliden


Mount Nuolja, in Abisko, is Sweden’s only skiing area with exclusively off-piste skiing. It demands a great degree of skill and personal responsibility.
Adresse: Mount Nuolja, Abisko

Restaurant Ripan

Serves specialities from the cuisine of Lappland. What about breast of grouse marinated in calvados with cranberry jelly or a cake made of frozen cloudberries with ”coffee-cheese” marinated in Kahlua, for example? Open all year round, but perhaps best in the summer with an area for open-air dining, midnight sun, mosquitoes and minigolf.
Adresse: Campingvägen 5, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 630 00
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 18.00-22.00

Mommas Steakhouse

A classic which was mentioned in Ted Ström’s famous song Winter Saga ("and the drinking gets going in Mommas pub"). Rustic decor, cosy bar and a view over the vast expanse of the mountains and the mine.
Adresse: Lars Janssonsgatan 15, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 398 600
Åpningstider: Mon-Sat 18.00-23.00

Nya Empes Hamburgerkungen

Here you will find the largest and most tasty hamburgers in Kiruna. For all cheese lovers, they highly recommend theirs hamburgers with only cheese and extra cheese! However, here you can find also more common burgers with bacon, turmeric, onion, tomatoes and mash!
Adresse: Mommagatan 1, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 128 39
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 10.00-24.00; Sat 10.30-01.00; Sun 10.30-23.00

The Ice Hotel Restaurant, Jukkasjärvi

The Ice Hotel’s restaurant that serves food from Lappland in a tavern environment. Try fillet of reindeer or goat cheese, for example. Some food is served on ice plates. The Icehotel Restaurant has been awarded the Werner Vögeli Statuette, and written about in gourmet magazines throughout the world.
Adresse: Marknadsvägen, 63, Jukkasjärvi
Telefon: +46 980 66800

Restaurang Skáidi, Nikkaluokta

After climbing Kebnekaise having a good meal in the company of friends doesn’t go amiss. Skáidi in Nikkaluokta serves renkok as well as game fish from the mountain lakes. If you want to try all the Lappland specialities, order a tasting menu. Mountain view from the restaurant. Book a table in good time.
Adresse: Nikkaluokta 1104, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 550 15

Cafe Safari

With them you can enjoy delicious homemade coffee, moderate snacks and light lunches. This is a large and snug café with the largest cinnamon buns in town and several options for vegans/vegetarians. Moreover, for those on the go, they have salads and sandwiches ready to be taken away.
Adresse: Geologgatan 4, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 17460
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00; Sat-Sun 10.00-16.00

Café Oscar

This café houses 70 seats and bakes their own cakes, cookies and pastries. The place is warm and welcoming and the food is superb, served by happy staff! Come in for a nice lunch or a relaxing coffee break.
Adresse: Föreningsgatan 15, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 614 10
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 07.00-18.00; Sat 10.00-15.00

FiKA by SPiS

Sandwiches, fish dishes, classic carrot cake - these are some examples of what you can find at FiKA. You can relax here for a couple of hours with your friends in a cosy atmosphere. Moreover, they have FiKA's own little shop, where you will find everything you need for home baking, along with goodies like marmalade, coffee, tea and chocolate.
Adresse: Meschplan 1, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 170 00
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00; Sat-Sun 10.00-17.00

Kafé Rost

The place is located on upper floor of Folkets Hus which is a cinema and conference venue. It has a good selection of treats and lunch items. The food is scrumptious and the coffee is good as well, and you get free refills.
Adresse: Lars Janssonsgatan 17, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 166 05
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 09.00-15.00


This large discotheque in Kiruna is situated in the Scandic Ferrum hotel and attracts guests from 18 to 50 years old. Here you will also find the legendary Mommas Bar.
Adresse: Lars Janssonsgatan 15, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 39 86 00

Hotel Bishops Arms

At Hotel Bishops Arms you will find the city’s largest selection of beer and whiskey.
Adresse: Föreningsgatan 6, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 155 00
Åpningstider: Sun-Mon 16.00-23.00; Tue-Thu 16.00-24.00; Fri-Sat 16.00-01.00

Restaurang Ebbes Kök

Located more or less an hour by car to Kiruna, this restaurant is placed on the border between Norway and Sweden, and after a long day on the slopes, you can come here and relax with a cold beer. Moreover, here you can experience midnight sun, northern lights, arctic wilderness, great skiing and much more!
Adresse: Katterjåkksvägen 6, Riksgränsen
Telefon: +46 980 430 60


A truly one-of-kind experience, the original ice bar is made entirely of ice, its theme preserved carefully down to the tableware - drinks are served in glasses made of ice, too.
Adresse: Marknadsvägen 63, Jukkasjärvi
Telefon: +46 980 668 00
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 12.00-01.00

Landströms Kök & Bar

This bar offers a large variety of exciting items, also available for catering. Also noteworthy is that this is where Sweden's northernmost outdoor seating area is located, open all year long.
Adresse: Föreningsgatan 11, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 133 55
Åpningstider: Mon-Thu 18.00-23.00; Fri 18.00-24.00; Sat 18.00-01.00


This shop has a large variety of articles for outdoor sport, perfect for all those that love trekking, hiking or simply looking to gear up to better explore the beautiful nature of Northern Sweden.
Adresse: Föreningsgatan 7C, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 822 15
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 09.00-18.00; Sat 09.00-14.00

Kvadrat Inredning & Design

Kvadrat Inredning & Design is a home decor and Scandinavian design shop where you can find everything you need to cosy up your house or buy a nice present for a friend. Original cups, colourful dishes, and many other creative pieces.
Adresse: Föreningsgatan 9, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 178 80
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00; Sat 11.00-15.00

ICA Kvantum

ICA Kvantum is a grocery store in Kiruna that sells a very large variety of groceries, typical products and more. It's is the perfect place to stock up on hiking fuel: food, drinks, fruit, and various snacks.
Adresse: Österleden 2, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 770 00
Åpningstider: Mon-Sun 08.00-22.00

Thornéus Renprodukter

Thornéus Renprodukter started trading as early as the 1940s. The shop sells reindeer and venison, cloudberries, arctic trout and coffee-cheese.
Adresse: Fru Wälivaaragatan 10, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 100 81

Wennberg Sameslöjd

Wennberg sells knives, jewellery and sculptures by well-known Sami artists (among plenty of other items).
Adresse: Bergmästaregatan 2, Kiruna
Telefon: +46 980 100 79