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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.