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People from all over the world visit Kiruna to see the northern lights.
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Visiting Kiruna

Besides its concentration of space activities and space research with, for example, the Swedish Institute of Space Physics, the Luleå University of Technology Division of Space Technology, the ESA Salmijärvi Satellite Station, EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Radar) Scientific Association, and the ESRANGE Space Center, Kiruna is known for its wilderness, pristine landscapes, polar nights, and midnight sun – and the underground iron-ore mine, making the town build a new city centre. While small in population, Kiruna is a vibrant place.

The municipality is located in the northernmost of Sweden with its borders towards both Norway and Finland and is the biggest municipality in all of Sweden. It is the home of Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise, as well as the majestic national park Abisko – and Sweden’s only Space Campus. 

Majestic nature 
During the summer, people visit the town to hike where the sun never sets. In the autumn, the northern lights start dancing on the sky until spring, and in the winter, the polar nights attract tourists from all over the world. During spring, the days get longer again, and many locals go downhill skiing.  

Exciting activities 
Because Kiruna is such a special place, and a popular tourist attraction, there are lots of things to discover. Read about some of them in the list below! 

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Ice Hotel: The world famous tourist attraction – enjoy the ice sculptures and the hotel made of ice harvested from the Torne River (visit included in social program). 

Jukkasjärvi church: One of its kind and the oldest church in Lapland. The altarpiece made by artist Bror Hjorth is beautiful (visit included in social program). 

Kiruna church: Once voted Sweden’s most beautiful building, you find it in the central part of the city center. 

Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise – you can actually see Kebnekaise from the old Kiruna city center. All you need it a clear sky and to turn your head to the far west. 

LKAB iron-ore mine: The world’s largest underground iron-ore mine. The iron-ore is mined 1 365 meters below the surface, the Visitor Centre is 540 meters down.