Sweden: To the polar circle by train


This Sweden itinerary takes you from Stockholm to Kiruna and on to Jukkasjärvi. From the bustling capital to the quaint north, this route shows you the winter wonderland this country has to offer.

Although the route may appear small, the sights worth seeing are big in comparison, with prime opportunities to spot the Northern Lights, go for a moose safari, snowmobile, and even have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay overnight in an ice hotel!


Where To Buy Tickets: SJ | OMIO

Countries Visited: Sweden

Price Range: $$$$

Recommended Days: 5 Days

Riding Hours: Approx. 22 hr

Distance: 1,165 km

Transportation: Train, Bus

Stockholm: Beauty On The Water

The capital of Sweden is also known as the “Beauty on the Water”. And is aptly named as Stockholm stretches over 14 islands and still gives an impression of rural paradise.

The viewpoint Fjällgatan, also called balcony, grants a special view of the old town Gamla Stan and the amusement park Gröna Lund.

If you want to immerse yourself in the history of Sweden, Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world, is the place to visit. Swedish buildings of all social classes from the 16th century onwards are exhibited here. As well as various tame and wild animals.

Stockholm Central → Kiruna Station | Duration: 15:48 h | Transfer: 0 | Transport: Train


There is a daily direct night train from Stockholm Central to Kiruna. Other options are slower connections where you have to change trains 1 or 2 times. Book Here

Kiruna: See the Northern Lights

The second stop on our Sweden itinerary is the rather quiet and contemplative place of Kiruna, luring in nature lovers and sportsmen alike.

Dog sledding, hiking, and northern light tours are among the most popular outdoor activities. You can see the northern lights between September and March.

Besides the outdoor activities, Kiruna has some sights worth seeing. These include the church of Kiruna and the LKAB’S Visitor Center.

Kiruna → Jukkasjärvi | Duration: 0:23 h | Transfers: 0 | Transport: Train


Jukkasjärvi is only about 15 kilometers from Kiruna. The town is easily accessible by bus and is a regularly serviced route. There are 2 buses daily from Kiruna to Jukkasjärvi on weekdays. Book Here

Jukkasjärvi: Sleeping In An Ice Hotel

For a long time, Jukkasjärvi was not touristy whatsoever, but through the Icehotel’s growing popularity, many people from all over the world come to this sleepy little town. The Hotel is open year-round and the Icehotel Winter is available from December to April.

An experience you will remember forever, a stay at the Icehotel is worth the visit and offers a range of activities such as snowmobiling, northern lights hunting, dog-sledding, moose safari by horseback, and much more. The hotel also has a 17th-century church and a reindeer reserve.

*Disclaimer: Due to the fluidity of transportation schedules, the information seen on RailwayHero may not be up to date at the time of readíng. Always double-check with the operator for the latest information.


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