Kiruna (pop. about 20,000 in the town proper) in Norrbotten county, Norrland is the northernmost and one of the most unusual towns in Sweden and the largest town in Swedish Lapland.
Kiruna houses the largest underground mine (iron ore) in the world and is also known for the Satellite/Space projects, the Sámi culture, the long winters, the modern town planning, and the beautiful church and town hall.
At N67°49'48'' latitude, Kiruna is within the Arctic Circle, so it's possible to experience the midnight sun and polar night.
SAS has direct flights to Kiruna (also via Umeå) from Stockholm Arlanda.
From Stockholm, train travel is 16 hours.
The Kiruna kyrkan
(Kiruna Church) .
At the Esrange rocket-facility
- The 17th century parish church.
- Xero, . Zero-gravity flights on an Ilyushin 76MDK, used to train cosmonaunts. Book well in advance though, as these flights are only offered a few times a year and you get to fork out upwards of $8000 for the 90-min rollercoaster ride.
- The nearby space-facility Esrange offers guided tours.
- Ice Hotel , in Jukkasjärvi.
- Kiruna Youth Hostel in downtown Kiruna (Approx US$20 per night per bed).
In the mountainous areas to the west of Kiruna are several national parks e.g. Abisko. The railway to the port town of Narvik in Norway offers excellent views year-round.
- Space – Virgin Galactic has plans to build a Spaceport here, offering sub-orbital flights.