Discover Kiruna and Swedish Lapland

Here we have collected information for you who are first-time visitors to Kiruna.

A beautiful landscape

A guide for your first visit to Kiruna

What you need to know to make your trip unforgettable

1. Dress appropriately for the climate

Lapland can be very cold, especially in the winter months. Be prepared with warm clothing such as a winter jacket, gloves, hat and warm boots. Even in the summer it can get cold at night, so a lighter jacket can be good to have.

2. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

Kiruna is known to be an ideal place to see the amazing northern lights. Keep an eye out for aurora forecasts by visiting the Aurorareach website here, especially during the winter months, and look for locations with minimal light pollution to increase your chances of experiencing this natural phenomenon. Read more about our northern lights here.

3. Midnight sun

Prepare for the midnight sun if you visit during the summer. The days are long, and the sun can be up 24 hours a day, especially in June and July. Read more about our midnight sun here.

4. Explore Kiruna church

Visit the iconic Kiruna Church, a building that will be moved due to the impact of mining on the land. The new location will be close to the city center. Read more about Kiruna church here.

5. Mining tours in Kiruna

Kiruna is known for its mines, and guided tours are offered to LKAB’s mining areas. Discover the history of mining and its impact on the city. Read more about LKAB’s visitor center here.

6. Enjoy nature

Explore surrounding hiking trails, lakes and national parks. Lapland offers unique nature experiences. Read more about mountain hiking here. 

7. Taste local food

Try local food and Sami dishes to experience Lapland’s culinary traditions. Taste authentic dishes and products from the region. Right outside the hotel, you will often find Rönnbäcks Fisk AB, which is a local company that sells fresh local fish.

8. Language and communication

Most people speak English in Kiruna, but it is appreciated if you can use some basic phrases in Swedish.

9. Plan your transport

If you don’t have your own car, plan your transportation in advance. Kiruna has an airport, train station and bus connections. Depending on what you want to see and experience, the distances can be long. We are happy to provide tips on smart choices you can make to get the most out of your stay with us.

Here you will find train times.

Kiruna airport website.

You can find Kiruna Local Traffic’s website here.

10. Tourist information

Visit the tourist office in Kiruna for the latest information on events, excursions and activities. Get an overall picture of everything Kiruna has to offer.

By following these tips and advice, you will be able to enjoy your first visit to Kiruna and Swedish Lapland in the best way. Good luck and welcome to Hotel E10 and our fantastic landscape.

Kiruna church, built in 1909 and 1912, designed by the architect Gustaf Wickman.