If you had told me, that I would be spending a week north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden in 2017. I would have laughed and said that wouldn’t be happening. Yet it did. I flew to Kiruna, Sweden to spend five days exploring and having fun in this winter wonderland. Kiruna is one of the largest cities above the Arctic Circle but that doesn’t mean much. It is a city of 20,000 people. It does have a thriving tourist trade due to the nearby attractions in Jukkasjarvi. Since I wasn’t renting a car, I wanted to stay in the city of Kiruna. Staying at the SPiS Hotel and Hostel was a great choice.
Northern Lights, Aurora Polaris, Aurora Borealis, The Lights. The Northern Lights go by many names but every Arctic travelers cross their fingers and pray that they will see this spectacular phenomenon dance across the sky. Seeing the lights comes down to location and luck. Mostly luck. I have been incredibly lucky to see the northern lights several times in Iceland, South Dakota, Alaska, over the Atlantic Ocean, and now in Sweden. A Swedish Lapland Northern Lights tours is one of the best ways to see the lights. I got to see the Northern Lights in Sweden while on Scandinavian Photoadventures’s Northern Light Phototour.
The bitter cold wind eats thru my balaclava. I can’t feel my ears, but I can’t feel it as the Arctic Tundra passes by me. I am driving a 600-lb snowmobile thru the wilds of Swedish Lapland near Kiruna, Sweden. The powerful machine easily cuts thru the snow as we explore the lakes and forests. I got a chance to take the Aurora Expedition snowmobile tour and Arctic Adventure tour with Kiruna Guidetur.
2017 is almost over. It is time to begin planning your 2018 outdoor adventures. I asked my fellow travel bloggers to share their recommendations for a 2018 outdoor adventure. I had a tremendous response and had to break up the responses by region. Keep a look out of my other 2018 region adventure lists. Here are 18 travel bloggers recommendations for European Outdoor Adventures in 2018.
In the far north of Sweden above the Arctic Circle is a small town named Kiruna. During the winters, Kiruna is a white wonderland. Winter comes early and stays late, yet that does not slow the city down. Over a Thanksgiving break, I spent five jam-packed days exploring Kiruna and Swedish Lapland. Here is my five-day itinerary for Kiruna.