Midnight sun trail – a nearby hike
If you do not have a car or just want to go out to enjoy some nature and fresh air, this hike is a great option for you. A short walk of about 15 minutes from the city centre takes you to Camp Ripan where you can start your hiking. The starting point of the path is marked with a large wooden sign and the path is marked with small wooden signs along the road so there is no risk that you get lost, hopefully. Should you against all odds manage to get lost, you can be sure that the city is only a stone’s throw away.
The hiking is extra nice to make in the evening during the midnight sun in the summer, but of course you can go out anytime of the year. During the winter it is recommended that you bring snow shoes, as it may be very fluffy in the snow. The snow shoes can be rented on site at Camp Ripan. The path is easy to walk and fits all ages, but you should have moderate fitness, as the end of the hike is a slightly steep climb. But it’s worth it. When you reach the top of Luossavaara you will have a wonderful view of the entire Kiruna city, the mine and the surrounding mountains. If you have packed some snacks, this is where you best enjoy it.
Once you have admired the view and taken magnificent pictures with your camera, you can just continue following the path down to the parking lot and either go back to Camp Ripan or towards the city centre.
One tip is to end the hike with a visit to Aurora Spa if you want to treat yourself to a little extra luxury.