Northern Lights Holidays to Kiruna

Kiruna is a small town located in Northern Sweden and is a major hub for Swedish Lapland with a well connected airport, train station and bus terminal. It is predominantly a mining town, originally built for the workers and their families for the world's largest iron ore deposit. The city of Kiruna is a very young city only being founded in 1900 however there have been archaeological discoveries dating civilization in the area much earlier than this.

Kiruna has become quite famous in the media in recent years as it was discovered in 2003 that there was significant subsidence and deformities in the ground as a result of the decades of mining in the region. The decision was made that the town must be relocated. In 2010 the new location of the town was decided and the planning to move the town began in 2014. Most of the buildings in Kiruna will be destroyed and re-built at their new co-ordinates, however, some of the more historic buildings such as the city hall and Kiruna Church will be cut into four parts and carefully moved to their new location before being reassembled there.

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This area of Northern Sweden has, quite rightly, become very famous for viewing the Northern Lights. Sitting at 67.8°N it is right in the heart of the Aurora Zone and located just over an hour's drive from Abisko National Park which has been named as one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights.

Kiruna's other most famous attraction is located around 20km from Kiruna in a tiny village of around 550 inhabitants in total. The world famous ICEHOTEL® is located in the village of Jukkasjärvi on the banks of the Torne River. The original ICEHOTEL® was founded in 1989 and it is constructed from snow and ice taken from the nearby river. Each year world famous sculptures and designers create incredible works of art and themed art suites which thousands of visitors enjoy before in late spring the whole hotel melts back to the Torne River in spring.

The hotel normally has around 65 rooms divided into different categories depending on how ornately decorated they are. The entire ICEHOTEL® covers around 5,500 square meters and this includes the rooms, the ice chapel and also the icebar – we highly recommend exploring both of these awesome public areas during your visit.

Image credits: Martin Jakobsson & imagebank.sweden.se, Paulina Holmgren

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The Aurora Zone was born out of our love of all things wintery. We were already regular visitors to the likes of Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland thanks to a fascination with winter activities such as dog sledding, snowmobiling and the Scandinavian way of life. Many of our visits coincided with sightings of the Northern Lights and The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with as many people as possible. We have all been held in the Aurora’s thrall and our mission is to do our very best to ensure that our clients can experience that magical moment on their Northern Lights holiday.

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