Adventures in Kiruna

Arriving in a snow storm and a temperature of -26degrees, I never imagined my week in Kiruna, Sweden would have been as magical as it turned out...take a peek at my adventures in a winter wonderland...

Being from Queensland, Australia, snow is always a novelty to me. When I arrived to my little wooden cabin at Camp Ripan nothing could stop me from running outside to play in the snow covered forest!

Each night in the hope of seeing some northern lights I wandered into the woods with my camera. Staring at a sky full of stars in a landscape covered in snow...even when they didn't appear it was magical...and cold โ˜ƒ

After checking the sky every hour, a green tinge finally developed and for 5minutes I was stunned! Then they disappeared again...

Outdoor winter activities in Kiruna include dog & reindeer sledding. Being amongst nature in below freezing conditions with the animals is an incredible experience and a great way to capture the landscape and traditional Sami culture.

The Ice Hotel of Jukkasjarvi is created anew each year with designers turning every room into a chiseled work of art.

After four nights of searching for the illusive Aurora I had only seen that 5minute glance...until my final night when I took a chance and headed to a frozen river near Nikkaloukta. After 20minutes they appeared. Getting brighter and more colourful they danced across the sky in a rainbow of greens. Magic happens!

Swedish Lapland blew my mind. The landscapes, the freezing cold, the culture and the magical northern lights...if you want to experience winter at its most beautiful you know where to go! โ˜ƒ www.thewanderinglens.com

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