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Top Choice Swedish in Kiruna

Camp Ripan Restaurang

The unusually veggie-heavy lunch buffet is good value, but the real draw is the Sami-inspired à la carte menu featuring local, seasonal produce. Dishes change regularly, but you can expect treats like a creamy crayf…
Mine in Kiruna

LKAB Iron-Ore Mine

Kiruna owes its existence to the world’s largest iron-ore deposit, 4km into the ground, and the action happens 914m below the surface. A visit to the depths of the mine consists of being bussed to a closed-off secti…
Steak in Kiruna

Mommas Steakhouse

Step beyond the mildly anonymous hotel exterior here and enter the pleasant, if somewhat dated, decor of this US-style steakhouse with Sweden's wild west choice of meats – like the barbecue platter with reindeer and…
Swedish in Kiruna

Landströms Kök & Bar

Take a stylish, monochrome interior, throw in some reindeer steak, haloumi burgers, racks of lamb and crayfish sandwiches, add a concise, well-chosen wine menu and beers that span the world, and you've got a winning…
Thai in Kiruna

Thai Kitchen

Don’t let the plastic tablecloths fool you – this informal joint cooks up excellent Thai dishes, though if you want authentic spice levels, ask them to kick it up a notch. We particularly love one of the specialitie…
Notable Building in Kiruna


The Stadhus, a recipient of Sweden’s most beautiful public building prize back in 1964 and very, erm, eye-catching due to its clocktower, houses a modest art collection and an odd display of Sami handicrafts.
Church in Kiruna

Kiruna Kyrka

Kiruna kyrka, built to look like a huge Sami kåta (hut), is particularly pretty against a snowy backdrop (it was voted Sweden’s most beautiful building in 2001).
Cafe in Kiruna

Café Safari

A long, skinny cafe serving treacle-thick coffee, outstanding cakes (try the pecan pie), scrummy sandwiches, quiche and baked potatoes.
Arts & Crafts in Kiruna

Ateljé Nord

Shop run by a handicraft collective; a good place to meet the artisans who specialise in different types of Sami craft.
Art in Kiruna


Held during the last week of January, this festival is all about snow sculpting. The tradition began in 1985 as a space-themed snow-sculpture contest to celebrate the launching of a rocket (Viking) from nearby space…