21 June: in Kiruna (Sámi Sida centre, Ice Hotel and midnight (lack of) sun tour)

Travel details

Activities Morning & early afternoon Evening
Sami visitor centre Midnight sun trip
Accommodation Hotell Vinterpalatset, Järnvägsgatan 18, Kiruna, 981 34.

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00:02     on the swings at midnight

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09:37     Something climbing the wall

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09:38     Woof!

We were collected in Kiruna and taken to the Sámi Siida centre in Jukkasjärvi.

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10:28     Bruce with reindeer

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11:13     How to keep your stuff safe.

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11:13     more Sami structures

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11:20     moulting reindeer

We then walked from the Sámi Siida centre to the site of the annual ice-hotel.

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13:12     walking from Sámi Siida centre to ice hotel

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13:15     Bruce has an obsession with neat woodpiles.

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13:16     Wooden architecture

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13:25     bus-shelter

LOTS OF ICE, READY TO BE MADE INTO A HOTEL

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13:47     ice-store

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13:47     explaining about the ice

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14:48     explaining about the ice

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14:39     dangerous clams!

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14:41     ice-blocks

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13:50     ice again

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13:50     it’s very clear

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13:50     it’s very clear

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13:53     ice layers

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13:55     trapped ice-fish

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14:54 how to trap ice-fish

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13:47     ice-flowers

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15:07     ice-cutting machinery

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13:56     The Ryan clan males

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13:56     The Ryan clan males in close-up

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14:13     former for the ice-hotel

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14:22     how it’s built each year

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14:25     The last block from last year

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15:27     surface of the last ice-block

We had booked a mini-bus tour to the top of Luossavaara mountain. Unfortunately the sun didn’t come out to play. Our guide-driver, a Pole, drove all around Kiruna looking for interesting things to show us.

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22:59     waiting to go to see the midnight sun. Would Che approve?

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23:17     It’s not Hilary Clinton’s handwriting.

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23:17     radio station at the top of Luossavaara

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23:25 Bruce sun-worshipping

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23:25     Ian sun-worshipping

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23:25     Bruce and Ian, waiting for the sun

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23:26     Bruce and Ian, still waiting for the sun

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23:26     still no sun

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23:26     ‘Look! There it is’

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On the road

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23:55     Pregnant Bruce needed two buffs to keep warm.

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