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11. Posted by Verystormy (Budding Member 3 posts) 24w

Quoting coochycool

Kiruna is a forgettable mining town but if you do head there, consider taking the short rail link into Narvik, Norway. The scenery is fab as soon as you cross the border.

The fjord is ok, but Narvik is a horrible looking place - probably in the 10 ten of the ugliest places I have seen after a lot of travelling. Kiruna gets lots of tourists and for good reason. Yes, there is a mine in the town, which is also an interesting tourist attraction.

12. Posted by annejpilgrim (Budding Member 6 posts) 24w

I did look at Narvik and I must say it didn't impress in the beauty stakes. Looked very bleak. Apparently it was bombed in WW2 and rebuilt, hastily it seems. Still considering Kiruna for the northern lights and dog sledding possibilities. However Rovaniemi in Northern Finland will probably have both these plus its the home of Santa Claus which will appeal to the 9 year old.

13. Posted by Verystormy (Budding Member 3 posts) 24w

Quoting annejpilgrim

I did look at Narvik and I must say it didn't impress in the beauty stakes. Looked very bleak. Apparently it was bombed in WW2 and rebuilt, hastily it seems. Still considering Kiruna for the northern lights and dog sledding possibilities. However Rovaniemi in Northern Finland will probably have both these plus its the home of Santa Claus which will appeal to the 9 year old.

The drive from Kiruna to Finland and the Santa Village is easy - even in winter, as hire cars will come with winter tyres. If you did want to go to Narvik, it is just over an hour from Kiruna. Kiruna also has the ice hotel which is a lot of fun and I would recommend at least a one night stay.

There is a great little lodge in Kiruna that offers accommodation and a big array of winter adventures such as the dog sledging and things. I will try and dig out the details and post a link as they are by far the cheapest and best - they do private dog sledging for the price other places charge for group bookings.

It is an interesting time for Kiruna as well as it is about to undergo an amazing thing. The entire town is going to be moved a few kilometres. There are great displays in the tourist information there. The mine is also well worth a visit - they take you underground. A 9 year old would love it.

14. Posted by annejpilgrim (Budding Member 6 posts) 24w

Thanks verystormy, I would be very interested in the link you have to the lodge in Kiruna and the dog sledding.

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