Kiruna: First Impressions
March 16, 2008

Now it’s time to talk about another Swedish location, this time, about the northernmost city of Sweden: Kiruna Geotag, to which I went a couple of weeks ago.

Kiruna is located 145 Km north to the Arctic Circle, and has a population of about 19000 inhabitants. Due to its placement, it enjoys the perpetual light of the midnight sun approximately from 30 May to 15 July, as well as the polar night (that is, nights longer than 24 hours) from December 15 to January 3.

Kiruna - Airport

It’s main source of income is iron mining, but that mining has caused a high problem to the city, which is a big risk of subsidence. To solve that, in 2004 it was decided that the city had to be moved northwest, and since November 2007 it’s been gradually performed.

The city is very small, and doesn’t have many interesting things to see per se, aside from it’s church and the clock of the city hall. So for the tourists, the attractiveness of Kiruna resides in the chance of seeing the northern lights, and the previously commented midnight sun and polar night, as well as the opportunity of riding a dogsled and doing other outdoor activities.

And it’s been widely confirmed that some of the best things you can do in Kiruna are not in the city per se, like going to Jukkasjärvi, an small town close to Kiruna, where you can find the famous Ice Hotel; going to Abisko National Park, which has an observatory over the clouds to see the northern lights clearly; or going to Narvik, in Norway, where you can see some fjords.

Kiruna - City

The truth is that as a city, it’s not very interesting, but its importance resides in the natural wonders you can enjoy there. I don’t think I’ll go back to Kiruna even if I have the chance… the next time, if I can, I’ll try with Nordkapp.

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sryll

amazing Kiruna! – now that I saw the number of inhabitants, I became curious how Kiruna compares to Karlskrona and Ronneby(!)…
The truth is: Ronneby is even smaller than Kiruna, amounting to only 65% of this northern city! But at least Karlskrona is 80% bigger. Poor, small Ronneby ;-)
Well, I didn’t exactly see the city of Kiruna, but this fact is somehow against my intuition.
Hälsningar till alla från Tyskland!

March 18, 2008 | #

mrithail

Hej Steffen!

Well, those days I was twice in Kiruna, and aside from the church and the clock tower of the city hall, you didn’t miss anything.

See you soon again! (I hope!)

March 18, 2008 | #

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