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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2017
Dogsledding-Weather Conditions-Aurora Borealis Question  (3 Answers)

Hello Everyone!

I had a few more questions about traveling to Absiko/Kiruna since me and 5 friends will be traveling there next week. You guys were all really helpful in my previous question, and I hope you can share some more insights with me.

1) I've noticed that the weather in this area of Sweden tends to snow a lot lately. I'm curious to know if it is generally light snow, or is it heavy snowstorms/ white outs?

2) I've been keeping track of the Aurora forecasts with some apps, and it says that the two nights we will be up north, has a kp index of 2 (nothing). Ironically, for the next few days after, there's a kp index of 5 (which is amazing but we will be back home by then). My question is, if you think it will be worth traveling all the way to Abisko at all if there is such a small chance in seeing the northern lights?

3) Dogsledding. We want to do it, but there are so many options and it's been hard finding the right place. I've read that Kiruna has nicer landscapes for dogsledding than Abisko, and I wonder if that is true? Also, I'm looking for a place in Kiruna that will offer individual sleds (for 6 people-2 hours-not expensive/cheap). Do you have any recommendations?

Thank you so much for any information you can lend!! I look forward to any responses!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 26, 2016
Transportation between Abisko and Kiruna  (5 Answers)

Hi all!

We're 5 people planning a very short trip to Kiruna and Abisko. We are arriving in Kiruna Saturday night, Jan 14 at 21:00 and leaving Kiruna on Monday morning at 12:55. We want to spend Sunday morning checking out a bit of Kiruna/or ice hotel and maybe dog sledding (either Kiruna or Abisko), leave early Sunday afternoon to Abisko spend Sunday night there, and leave Monday morning to Kiruna airport. What are the recommended methods of travel then?

Regarding driving, I don't have experience driving in winter conditions so I am very concerned about renting a car. If you definitely recommend it, do you have any tips, instructions, or advice about night driving in Abisko.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2016
Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi  (5 Answers)

Is it possible to visit the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi without staying for the night?

How much does the hotel charge just to visit the hotel and look around?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 13, 2016
Dog sled and reindeer sled trips  (5 Answers)

I notice that some people have taken dog sled rides in Kiruna. Does anyone have any details of who offers these rides, phone numbers, email, etc, and cost?

Also, are reindeer rides available in Kiruna?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 14, 2016
Ice hotel to kiruna airport  (3 Answers)

Hi, does anybody know how can I form ice hotel to Kiruna airport by bus? How much is the rate? How long will is take? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 29, 2016
end of May 2017  (2 Answers)

hi m visiting kiruna and abisko at the end of May next year, I have been informed that the kingsleden would be probably impassable at that time of year, is it possible to climb the highest mountain in Sweden at this time?
What is the weather like? is it possible to trek anywhere else?
any information would be grateful
many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2016
Bus from Kiruna to Haparanda on 26th or 27th Dec 2016.Is the bus will operating as normal?  (7 Answers)

We have planning travel to Kiruna on 23/12/16-26/12/16, thinking to take bus to Haparanda, to cross the border of Finland and reach Rovaniemi. Is the bus will operating as normal?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 11, 2016
Bus from Kiruna bus station to kiruna airport  (6 Answers)

what are the buses available from the bus station/city hall to kiruna airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 03, 2015
Car parking in Kiruna  (5 Answers)

I will participate in this year's Fjällräven Classic and plan to travel to Kiruna by car. Please advise where in Kiruna I can safely park the car for 5 days with rather small budged? Best regards,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2015
Abisko National park  (4 Answers)

Is there a hotel / guest house to stay in the park or ( in early may) nearby? Any local foods, dishes, ingredients, i should try? A sami place to dine would be awsome, Must activities u recommend? Is there a supermarket ? Are the roads easy to drive in early may, any precautions i need to take?
Or shall i skip Abisko national park n visit Karesuando instead? For local dinning ,sights, activities?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 27, 2014
Minimum stay in Kiruna  (12 Answers)


I'm thinking about briefly visiting Kiruna, only to see the Northern Lights. I will be in Sweden around 6/02/2015 and 9/02, would you recommend to stay longer than 1 day in Kiruna, or will it be enough and would I certainly see the lights during 1-2 days?

Thanks in advance for your help!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2014
Staying in Bjorkliden  (1 Answer)

What is the best way to get to Bjorkliden from Kiruna on a Friday evening? Are there many taxi companies or is it just one that has a monopoly on the market?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 16, 2014
Is the bus service open on 25th Dec (Christmas) from Kiruna to Haparanda?  (3 Answers)

We are planning a trip which requires to take a train from Abisko to Kiruna on the 24th Dec, Christmas Eve, and take a bus from Kiruna to Kaparanda to cross the border and finally reach Rovaniemi. Are the public transport open on 24th and 25th Dec? We have booked most of our hotels so the dates are pretty much fixed.

Thanks you very much in advance for your help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2014
Kiruna vs. Abisko for Northern Lights  (17 Answers)

Hi there! Planning travelling to Kiruna in January to see the NL, I will have 3 or 4 days at disposal, so there might be the chance to take the train to Abisko. I'm aware that NL are never guaranteed to be seen (I myself couldn't see them in Lulea 2013 and Tromso last January).

However, do you know if Abisko has the better chances compared to Kiruna? As far as I know the chances should be equal if weather conditions are there except of light polution in Kiruna maybe.. One explanation why we couldn't see it in Tromso was that it is too close to the sea and temperatures are not as low as inland areas. Nevertheless, that shouldn't be the case for Kiruna and Abisko... right?
Another question - should I avoid full moon periods (falls on 16 January)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 01, 2014
from Kiruna to Abisko  (4 Answers)

Hello, after many changes of plan, I decided that I arrive in Kiruna mid-October and would like to take a rental car to go to Abisko, which is my goal, hoping to see the northern lights .. can anyone tell me that I find climate and what kind of roads are there? Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2014
transport to Björkliden

when we arrive at Kiruna airport in the afternoon, the last bus and train will have left for Björkliden. Are there other possibilites for travel than the very expensive taxi (1995 SSK)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2014
from airport in Kiruna  (1 Answer)

Hi, I do not know where to look,
My friend and I would like to come to Kiruna 21 to 24 October 2014 landed at Kiruna airport and we should get to the city, or better still, the area of PUOLTSA.
we do not want to take a rental car, how can we get up to the and then go back?
is there any taxi that you can already book via the internet? thank you very much, Martina

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 24, 2013
bus in feb  (6 Answers) there any bus that goes from kiruna airport to abisko in feb 9th and back on 11th feb?thank you. :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2013
Northern Lights, possible to just drive and see them?  (9 Answers)

Hi, my wife and i will visit the Kiruna region in March 2014 and will hire a car to get around

Therefore rather than spend money on a northern lights tour, is it possible to just drive and find a place to view the lights (obviously away from city lights)?

Can anyone recommend a good location for this?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 21, 2013
Things to do in Kiruna  (2 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 02, 2013
Chasing the northern lights on our own  (10 Answers)

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.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 26, 2013
apartment rental

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.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2013
3 days Trip to Kiruna in October  (2 Answers)


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 ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2013
Kiruna railway station to kiruna airport  (1 Answer)

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

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2012
8 days at Kiruna area

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2012
A Cosy Hotel in Kiruna, Sweden?  (1 Answer)

I am looking for a cosy hotel in Kiruna. Any ideas?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 12, 2011
seeking roommate in ice hotel, Jan 26, ice room  (1 Answer)

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.

mail: [email]

no snore

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 05, 2011
Travelling around kiruna  (1 Answer)

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?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 26, 2011
My Visit to Kiruna in OCT 2011- Tips Please  (1 Answer)

Hi there

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.

Mohsin Iqbal

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2011
kiruna-pello  (1 Answer)

hello. i will go from kiryna to pello. i wander if there are any busconnection there?? and if it is,how long will it norwegians,so if you want to,you can send the mail in swedish. thank you. heia norge!!!!

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