It’s been in the works for a good few years now but it appears that the arctic town of Kiruna in the northernmost town in Swedish Lapland is to be relocated 3km east.
As the plans have only been drawn up, it is unclear just how the new, and possibly improved, town centre will look, so here are some of the best things to do there before the big move happens.
Stay at its ICEHOTEL
The ICEHOTEL, located 16km from the centre of Kiruna, was the very first hotel constructed out of ice blocks and remains one of the go-to places when visiting Sweden. It looks stunning and has to be reconstructed every year. If you can’t afford to stay at the hotel, though, it is always possible to have a drink at the ice bar or the various ice sculptures that are made by professional artists.
Eat at the fanciest buffet in all the land: Camp Ripan Kitchen
If you’re the sort of person who enjoys repeat trips to a buffet cart but also has a taste for haute cuisine, this is a happy medium. However, if you’re the sort of person who would rather try the local cuisine in a normal set menu style, then that is also available.
The restaurant’s a la carte menu boasts Swedish meatballs made from moose, mild-smoked reindeer topside served with cloudberry jelly with mountain cow cheese, and, for the vegetarian, butter-fried Arctic char with Jerusalem artichokes.
Bonus: if you are lucky enough to stay at Camp Ripan why not visit the facility’s outdoor pool? There’s something not quite right, but equally exciting, about doing some lengths in a nice warm pool whilst being surrounded by heavy snow and -14 conditions.
See the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis if you want to be fancy, is considered by many as one of the things one must see before die. As it is so northerly, Kiruna is one of the best places to see this immense spectacle of nature. Camp Ripan also claim it is possible to observe it from their setting. Imagine it: a moose wandering the background, you and friends doing a few lengths in the outdoor pool and all the while you’re accompanied by the amazing sights of the Northern Lights. Could it get any more Scandinavian?
Go sledding with Kiruna Sleddog Tours
There aren’t many places in the world where it is possible to command a pack of huskies around an arctic terrain. But that’s not all, the tour allows you and your group to attempt a go at ice fishing whilst on the trip, and of course, witness Aurora Borealis away from Kiruna town centre and in the Swedish wilderness.