Gällivare (Váhtjer in Sami) and its northern twin, Malmberget, are surrounded by forest and dwarfed by the bald Dundret hill. After Kiruna, Malmberget (Ore Mountain) is the second-largest iron-ore mine in Sweden. And as with Kiruna, the area’s sustaining industry is simultaneously threatening the town with collapse into a great big pit, so buildings are gradually being shifted to sturdier ground. Gällivare's biggest attractions are ore-oriented, and even if you don't descend into the subterranean gloom, a visit to Malmberget casts a melancholy spell – many of its houses have been abandoned in anticipation of their imminent destruction.
The strong Sami presence in Gällivare is reflected in its monuments. The bronze statue opposite the church, by local sculptor Berto Marklund, is called Tre seitar (seite being a Sami god of nature) and symbolises the pre-Christian Sami religion. The nearby granite sculpture Same, by Allan Wallberg, depicts a sitting Sami in North Kaitum costume.