Monday, 25 March 2013

Moving to Sweden: A Brief Guide to Kiruna, the Country’s Northern Most City

Whatever your reason for needing to arrange removals to Sweden, whether it be for a job move or simply to be nearer to relatives or friends, Moving Partnership Ltd, with their extensive list of European removals contacts, can greatly reduce the stress of the move. All you need concentrate on, is enjoying the experience of making a new home in your new country.

At Moving Partnership Ltd, we compare removals quotes on offer from the many different   companies offering removals to Sweden, to ensure that the service you receive matches exactly with your requirements. In most cases, we partner with companies that are either BAR registered or FAIM accredited giving you maximum peace of mind.

We also offer invaluable experience when it comes to organising clearance through customs and our dedicated team of removals experts are always just a phone call away, to offer guidance and advice where necessary.

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Having completed your removals to Sweden, and now happily living in your new Swedish home, you may find yourselves with some time to explore this beautiful country and discover all it has to offer. A “must see” for you is the municipality of Kiruna.

A Brief Guide to Kiruna

Kiruna is located just over 90 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is the northernmost town in Sweden, with the thin end of Norway to the west and Finland to the east. At 7508.5mi², the municipality of Kiruna is roughly the same size as Skåne, Blekinge and Halland put together and is half the size of the whole of the Netherlands. It has a population of just over 23.000, 18,000 of whom live in the town itself with the remainder occupying the 50 or so outlying villages.

Tourist Attractions in Kiruna

If wildlife and stunning scenery are your thing then Abisko is the place to go. It is 77 km² of national park, deep in Swedish Lapland. It’s famed for its natural beauty, wildlife and winter adventures. In the summer, you can trek through the forest taking in the fjords, canyons and waterfalls. You can explore its caves and even enjoy a spot of fly-fishing and, if you go between the 30th May and 14th July, you're sure to witness the Midnight Sun. In winter, the skiing is terrific and you can ride on a sled pulled by husky dogs.

The Aurora Sky Station is the place to come for an amazing view of the Northern Lights. Accessed by chair lift, here you can learn all about the Aurora Borealis and even enjoy a gourmet meal while you watch the natural light show.

Art and Culture in Kiruna

Kiruna is famed for its musical and artistic traditions too; the Kiruna Festival, in Summer, never fails to attract big-name musicians and artists and there are over 2000 pieces of artwork on display at the town's various museums and art galleries. You could also catch the annual film festival known as the Arctic Light Film Festival. Kiruna also offers the chance to experience the Sami culture. The Sami are an ancient tribe with their own culture and language.

The Northern Lights

Kiruna is the ideal place to come to watch the Northern Lights or 'Aurora borealis' because of its lack of light pollution. These naturally occurring displays of vivid, dancing light, caused by electrically charged particles from the Sun entering our Earth's atmosphere, mostly appear in pale greens and pinks but have also shown up in shades of red, yellow, blue, and violet. The lights either appear as patches or scattered clouds but can also manifest as streamers, arcs of coloured light, rippling curtains or shooting rays. They light up the sky with an eerie glow and are really quite breath-taking to behold.

Some of the best places to see the lights in Kiruna are at Camp Ripan and the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko, which is open between 20.00 - 24.00 Tuesday through to Saturday, from October until March.

The Ice Hotel

The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi is truly amazing and a stay in the Cold Room, which has a bed frame made of ice, is a “once in a lifetime experience”. Kept at a constant -5°C, it actually feels quite warm when compared to the -30°C that you are likely to encounter should you step outside of a night time. The art rooms within the hotel are wonderful. All are themed differently and you are actively encouraged to wander around and take as many photographs as you wish.

Activities in Kiruna

In Kiruna, you'll never be short of adventures. The 400 or so clubs and associations in the region offer everything from snowmobile rides to dog sledding, photo excursions to skiing, helicopter rides to moose safaris and horse riding to city sightseeing tours. You might even be tempted to climb Mount Kebnekaise, the highest mountain in Sweden, play golf at one of the world´s most northerly courses and pay a visit to the world famous Ice Hotel, where you get to sleep on bed of  ice, wrapped in sleeping bags or even  reindeer skins.

For stress free removals to Sweden, contact Moving Partnership Ltd today. We will find a service at competitive rates to meet all your requirements.

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