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5 reasons you should take a winter break in Kiruna, Sweden

By: Jessica
Last Updated: 07/11/2017

Looking for a cosy yet adventurous getaway with loads of snowy activities? Want to experience unique natural wonders and local traditions? You won't go wrong with a winter break in Kiruna in Swedish Lapland!

Check out our top reasons why you should visit.

1. The amazing northern lights

The further north you go, the better your chances of experiencing this natural phenomenon, also known as aurora borealis. In Kiruna, you can search for the magical northern lights during exciting guided evening excursions, like snowmobiling or dogsledding. The nearby Abisko National Park is another great location for aurora-seekers.

Nature's own fireworks are best seen in Arctic locations, like Swedish Lapland. (iStock)

2. The one and only ICEHOTEL

The ICEHOTEL is undoubtedly one of Sweden's most famous attractions. Each winter this fascinating structure is rebuilt by international artists, and all furnishings — even the glasses at the ICEBAR — are sculpted of ice.

Inside the lobby of the ICEHOTEL, a place famous for its unique concept and ice artworks.

3. The magic of gliding on snow

In Lapland, the average number of days with snow cover is around 175 – 225 days per year. (See more Lapland climate info here) That makes ideal conditions for Arctic activities like snowmobile safaris, reindeer sleigh rides, snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.

Don't let a little cold air scare you -- additional outerwear and other special equipment is provided locally for outdoor excursions.

4. Mush with the huskies

Why not experience the traditional way of getting around? There are many opportunities to try dog-sledding in Kiruna, and after a short lesson from a skilled guide on how to control your team of eager huskies, you'll be mushing through the wilderness in no time!

Huskies can travel at an average speed of 32 km/h for distances up to 40 km.

5. Get away from it all...

Life in Lapland moves at a different pace — it's all about the simple things here. Cosy lodgings, hearty meals, friendly locals, tranquil nature, plenty of fresh air and relaxing saunas will melt your cares away. It's the perfect recipe for romantic getaways.

After a full day of snowy adventures, you'll look forward to your cosy, quiet room.

Not sure where to start with planning a vacation? Get help with our Lapland at a Glance mini-guide, with info about when to visit, how to get here and more. Or if you're ready to plan your adventure, see all of Nordic Visitor's tour packages in Lapland.


Post by: Jessica

When not writing about Northern European tourist attractions, Jessica Bowe is busy daydreaming about her next trip or scouring Instagram for travel inspiration. Originally from Wisconsin (USA), she's lived in Iceland since 2008 and has since become fully immersed in Eurovision mania and Scandinavian coffee culture.

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Getting there

We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way - check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.