I want to visit Northern Sweden to see the Northern Lights in late Feb/early Mar 2014. I had intended spending 10 days to try to ensure that I had a good chance of seeing at least one good display. Is spending 10 days to much?
I need to find something to do during the days. I have been looking at the prices of tours in Kiruna and they appear to be very expensive. I maybe able to take one tour. Are there other activities that can be done alone and safely e.g. hiking, shoe-shoeing? Is it possible to jump on some form of public transport and go somewhere just for the ride and scenery?
Are there tour companies that I should steer clear of?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
My family and I will be in Kiruna, hotel Scandic, from Dec 30th until Jan 3rd. We have already planned a night out on dogsled on the 30th and New Year's Eve dinner in Camp Ripan. Fot the remainder 2 nights we plan on going further to Abisko and/or around Kiruna and try to chase the lights on our own. I have some questions, though.
1. is the road to Abisko safe for inexperienced snow driving people?Are there gritters clearing the road frequently? Driving is what scares me the most. Had a scary experience once nearTromso, so I figure roads may be similar here (narrow...)
2. are there any favorite dark enough spots to park a car safely and put the tripod and camera? Can anyone point out a few? We considered taking a guided northern lights tour to shoot some pictures, but I find them a bit overpriced for something that we probably will be able to do on our own, with good guidance from people here at VT.
3. Can we ride the chairlift at Abisko without joining a visit to the Sky Station, which is already fully booked for our dates? Do we have to buy chairlift tickets in advance or just show up and buy them on the spot?
4. We shall expect dark the whole 24 hours of a day, on the given dates, correct?
Thanks in advance for your guidance.
I would like to rent apartment which can allow 5 adults(include 1 female and 4 male) to stay for at least 20 days since Oct. 1st, 2013, so 3 sleeprooms with 5 beds are required, where can I find one as described above. Thank you.
We have planned to come to kiruna in October. Can you please suggest us what trips we can take in month october in kiruna ? If possible, kindly provide us the links of what we can take ?
I am arriving from narvik tomorrow at kiruna rly stn by 1330 h
Any buses to kiruna airport
My flight to stockholm is at 1600 hrs
me and my husband will be at kiruna march 21-30
first 3 days we will be driving to Luleå and taking ice breaker tour
then for the remaining 5 days we can drive and do whatever we wish
we want to do snowmobile safari, dog sledding , ice climbing and such and were thinking about staying around abisko park or at Björkliden (and combine a day of ski guide as well)
the lodge at abisko is not available for these dates - any other recommendations for nice hotel (must have private bathroom) ?
also since we will have our own car we can spend those days wherever (reasonable distance) that can offer those services and we can watch northern lights from (hopefully) - so will it be worth driving to Narvik for example? or to any other place in Norway?
I am looking for a cosy hotel in Kiruna. Any ideas?
I plan to stay in Ice room, on Jan 26th. But now, there is only 2 bed room available.
I wanna find a people to share the room with me.
Me and a friend will be in kiruna for a day and will be staying at the ice hotel. It seems that tour packages offered are quite expensive.
We were thinking of going to Sámi Siida - Reindeer park and Sámi camp or the Unground mine museum. How do we travel from the hotel to these places and how far is it? We also would like to ride on snowmobile too.
Is there any way we can go to these places using snowmobile?
I would like to come to Kiruna in october 16th and I will be staying for 4 days..Will it be snowing at that time? any good things i can explore and see.
Im adventure and nature lover. I want see the the nature and beautiful landscapes.
hello. i will go from kiryna to pello. i wander if there are any busconnection there?? and if it is,how long will it takes.im norwegians,so if you want to,you can send the mail in swedish. thank you. heia norge!!!!
Please excuse me for a weird question, but is there any big(gish) department stores or such in Kiruna, where they would sell Design House Stockholm tableware?
Many thanks in advance for any answer!
I'll be arriving on Stockholm after 18th Jan.
and planning to stay there till 13th of Feb!
during my time in sweden, I'm planning to visit Kiruna!
for much about 3days or so..
I'll be thrilled to see the northern lights too, if the weather works fine enough.
one problem is that, I've never been to any places that's colder than
-6 degrees. (Celsius)
so I'm guessing my trip to Europe will be extremely harsh.
especially in Kiruna!
Can any of you guys leave a short comments about the clothing?
My family of 5 is planning to visit Abisko - Kiruna ICE Hotel followed by Ivalo Kakslauttanen in December.
I wonder whether any one is familiar with those places and can recommend an agent that can provide us:
1. guided tour at Abisko and Kiruna,
2. Coach Transfer from Kiruna to Abisko then to ICE HOTEL and then to Ivalo Kakslautanen
We are considering our accommodations at Abisko Mountain Lodge, ICE Hotel and Kakslautanen. Any one has any adverse experiences? We were advised to book accommodations first since these are special accommodations which availability is running out fast for a big group of 5 like us.
We will arrive in Kiruna airport from London in December.
Love to hear from any one in the forum.
Hi. I'm Diego, 27 years old and I'm currently staying at the Aurora Hotel, in Esrange. I would like to know if there is any pub or disco in Kiruna. I'll spend the weekend over there and I'd hate to spend it in the room of the hotel :|
I'll be at the City Hotel, so I'll be expecting for your tips or invitations :)
I am looking to visit Kiruna in late november this year and I'm trying to find out general information such as weather and temperatures, if I need any "special clothing"? How probable am I to see the northern lights? Any other info would be extremley helpful.
Is October the appropriate time to visit Kiruna in order to observe the aurora? Coz we will be in Europe in Early Oct and planning whether we should visit Sweden. Thank you for your reply~~~
We are a group of 10 people planning to hike the Kungsleden from Absiko to Kebnekaise beginning of August. We are looking for a place to stay over the weekend before we begin our hike. We dont need a town with activities but would like a place thats really nice. Any advise as to whether we should stay in KIruna or Narvik? We were once in Kiruna - nice and small town, but definitely not super pretty... Is Narvik any better?
Hello all !
I'm planning a 4 days trip in the end of February. We are studying in Stockholm and we would like to go to Lappland. Kiruna seems to be the easiest place to reach. We are thinking about using the night train which seems to be cheapest.
We would like to do some typical activities such as dogsledding and we would like to have chances to see aurorea boreals...
Do you have any tips about this sort of activities ?
Do you think going to Abisko National Park for a day worths ? Is it possible to think about some walks around to discover a bit more the national park is it too cold ?
We wish we could have a budget around 250/300€ (2500 / 3000 kr SWE) for this trip, train or airplane included...
Thanks a lot by advance for your tips !
We will be in Nikkaluokta on February 5th 2010.
Can anyone tell me whether and at what time buses gu to Kiuna.
I will be in Kiruna for 5 days in March.
Would like to to drive to Abisko and some other areas of interest.
How are the roads generally in mid March?
I am also thinking about the full day reindeer sledding. We are all in our 50's, is it a rough ride, or quite nice?
Thanks for any and all info.
Hi everybody! I need to send an email to the hostel, but I can't find anything on the web. And the website is just in swedish. Anybody can help me?
Thank you very much!
Could someone tell wich bus I can take to get to the 'Ice Hotel'
Is it a special bus from the 'Ice Hotel' or another touristic service?
How cold does it get in Kiruna in early January? We (2 adults and a 4-year-old child) are traveling there from Jan 5-10 2009 and a friend mentioned that we adults will need snowpants or a snowsuit just to walk around Kiruna! If that is the case then I need to start shopping for that immediately.
Thanks for your assistance!
We are planning a trip to Kiruna in a few weeks (Jan 5-10, 2009) and I wanted to know if we can stay in Kiruna and visit Abisko for the day? Or is Abisko far enough away that I should book a separate hotel in Abisko for the night? Also, if we are in Abisko in the evening, what sort of transportation is there to get back to Kiruna that night? We will not have a car or anything.
Thanks in Advance!
We will be arrivinig in Kiruna (by train) on the 24th December this year. We are hiring a car and will drive North on the same day to our accommodation.
Does anyone know if the shops will be Open since this is Christmas eve? Also if there is a large selection of food? We are hoping to buy supplies to cook christmas lunch the next day. Ideally would be great to get a Turkey or something for a traditional roast.
Any other tips also appreciated - we also have to book 1 nights accommodation on December 27 - not sure where but our train leaves Kiruna at 5:30pm on the 28th.
We have 1 hour to transfer from our train at Kiruna Train Station to our plane at Kiruna Airport. Question #1: How reliable are the train schedules to Kiruna from Narvik (Norway)? Question #2: How long should it take us to get to the airport in Kiruna from the train station in Kiruna? Will we make our flight connection?
Can someone please help me! I need to get from Kiruna to Rovaniemi on April 17th.
Are there trains and if so does anyone know the website for these? And if not how about bus routes/timetables?
Any help would be appreciated.
I just checked the price for the icehotel tour, and it's 295kr for a 30 minutes tour. Can someone tell me that is it worth going?
I have posted a quetion about snowmobile in Kiruna, I still cannot find any information about renting snowmobile for a day without joining any tours. Any of you know if there is snowmobile rental up there?
Also anywhere for skiing in Kiruna? We are all beginners, so just want to have a taste on skiing that's all, no need to be downhill. And we wonder about hiring the gears? Is it easy to find a place who do that?
Thank you very much for your help.
Please, can suggest me a good and honest local Tour Operator or Company or Agency for a week dogsledding in Kiruna/Abisko? TX!!