20 June: in Kiruna

Travel details

Activities Kiruna (mid-afternoon onwards)
Accommodation Hotell Vinterpalatset, Järnvägsgatan 18, Kiruna, 981 34.

I recall some drinking with Swedish folk in the train’s buffet, then eventually rocking to sleep in my bunk, and awakening still moving through miles and miles of pine forest. First sight of Kiruna was some distance from the town, with the train very gradually slowing down to make a smooth stop.

The station had been moved, as a precursor to moving the whole town when the mine expands, so we took a bus to the centre of the town and then trudged up to our hotel. It was early afternoon, a few days before midsummer, and yet the sky was leaden, with occasional flurries of snow, and it was quite chilly. So this is the arctic circle!

at breakfast

11:01     at breakfast

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11:19 still asleep

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where we were

09:56

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12:00     We had bought lots of provisions at the station supermarket the previous day.

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12:57     Swedish tea and tofu sandwiches

12:34

12:35

12:38

12:52

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13:53     I couldn’t go any further.

13:19    

13:20    

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14:36     clearings by the side of the railway

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14:37     mine-spoil near Kiruna

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14:44     at Kiruna station

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14:51     Kiruna also houses Sweden’s space effort.

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15:11     On the way to our hotel

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16:08     I like this.

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21:32     In the Bishops Arms, discussing trigonometry

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21:33     Drinking Staropramen in Sweden!

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21:44     more trigonometry

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21:44     and more

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21:56     and still more

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21:56     and yet more!

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