What you can do in Kiruna – part 1

By northernlife on 2014.09.02 In Hiking Kiruna Mountains What you can do in Kiruna

What is Kiruna and what can you do there?

Kiruna is a town with 23,000 people. It has the largest area in square kilometers in Sweden. We do not have polar bears in Kiruna, even if you thought so. We do have reindeers and reindeer keepers. Eagles, mooses, wolves, bears, rabbits, ptarmigan etc. A rich wildlife and nature.

Kiruna is known for the mine and tourist activities. At the moment tourists come to the area to hike and visit the mountains, and of course to climb the highest mountain in Sweden – Kebnekaise. Me and my friend climbed Kebnekaise this summer and had such luck when the weather was awesome. Only mistake I made was my decision to bring not warm enough sleeping bag thus making me forced to rent a winter sleeping bag from the station up there. Here are some pictures of our trip.


Me and my friend on our way to the peak of Kebnekaise. Day 2 actually. Day 1 was the hike from Nikkaluokta to Kebnekaise station. We left our tent and packing at the station and had our 20 liters backpacks full of energy and extra clothing.


Looking down while half climbing and stepping up. One mountain done, one mountain to go.


Awesome view all around.


On the peak – sydtoppen – the south peak of Kebnekaise.  Totally respect of heights and looking down on each side was fearful. The thought “what would happen if I fall…?” I get goose bumps.


Happiness, true awesomeness and the visitors to the top this day was plenty. We were lucky to be only the two of us on the top. I will do it again!


The view on the valley where we had walked through to get here.20140803_050254855_iOS


Kebnekaise station. It can be such a pleasure just to walk here, stay here and get everything provided. But as true hikers (what we believe anyways) we slept in our tent, prepared our own food. Although, we actually had a beer and toasting at the station when returning to the station.


Me at the top and the glacier behind. “Top of Sweden!”



Kebnekaise. The view you get when hiking from Nikkaluokta. Also, if you’re paying attention you may find cloudberries. We also drank fresh water almost everywhere. A true gift from heaven.

Some memories on Kebnekaise and the trip we had this summer. I will do it again, but with a warmer sleeping bag next time.

I’ll get back more times about what to do in Kiruna, but this post had to be about Kebnekaise which is one of our most precious and well known mountains in Sweden. I hope more people will realize and visit this place. Lucky for me, I have only 1,5 hours by bus to Nikkaluokta. That is one thing you can do in Kiruna – hike and climb Kebnekaise.

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