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Staying at Hotel Emma in Östersund

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Hotel Emma Östersund

In the summer of 2017 I traveled with Inlandsbanan all the way to Swedish Lapland. Slow travel, you might say. The first day the train from Inlandsbanan took me to Östersund (Jämtland), to leave early the next morning for Gällivare. On the way back I spent a night in Östersund. I chose Hotel Emma.

Hotel Emma is within walking distance of the station (Västra) and proved to be a popular stop for Inlandsbanan travellers. The hotel is located in the shopping street of Östersund. Unfortunately the shops were already closed when the train arrived. Several restaurants and bars can be found in the immediate vicinity. There is also a supermarket nearby.

The extraordinary breakfast at Hotel Emma

Hotel Emma does not have a typical hotel entrance. It takes a while to find the bell. There are also other companies in the same building. The room was comfortable and rather traditional. You have everything you need but you will not be blown away by the rooms. Cozy living rooms can also be found between the rooms where you can read a book in peace.

What blew me away was the friendly welcome and especially the extensive breakfast. On the buffet I mainly discovered homemade and local products. It gave me a warm B&B feeling. Moreover, you could bake your own waffles! There were different types of juices, different types of homemade jam, various pastries to choose from and lots of fresh products. In short: just for breakfast alone, I’d like to go to Hotel Emma back!

Practical information

How do you get to Hotel Emma in Östersund?

Hotel Emma is centrally located in Östersund. From Stortorget you walk straight into Prästgatan and you will soon see the hotel on your left. From Östersund station you can walk straight through Prästgatan. The hotel is then on your right, 850 meters from the station.

Address: Prästgatan 31, Östersund

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Nearby

  • Wedemarks Konditori
  • Åhléns
  • Hemmakväll

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Hotel Emma Östersund
19 August 2021
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Kiruna, the Swedish town that has to move 4 km

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Kiruna

About 150 km above the Arctic Circle you will find the Swedish town of Kiruna. Kiruna is mainly known for mining and for several years also as ‘the Swedish city in Lapland that has to move 4 kilometers’. An entire municipality that moves a few kilometers, it doesn’t happen every day. The move is necessary for the further mining of the iron ore, which threatens to sink the city.

Kiruna

The history of the mining town of Kiruna

After discovering that there was a lot of iron ore in the ground at the place where Sami had lived for centuries, they founded the city of Kiruna here in 1900. Railway lines were also immediately built for the transport of the iron ore. So it was a carefully planned city.

There are 3 mines of which only the oldest (Kiirunavaara) is still open. The other 2 mines were active from 1920 to 1970. In the 1970s they switched from opencast mining to shaft construction. They are currently more than 1 km underground! The mountain of mining can be seen all over the area.

Kiruna

The great move

Before my visit to the city, I couldn’t really picture what that ‘moving’ looked like exactly. Once there, this became a bit clearer. In recent years people just have started to build their houses further from the mines. So many houses don’t have to move. It is mainly the older houses that are close to the mine that will be moved. And you can take that move literally. They tear down the houses piece by piece to rebuild them a few kilometers further away from the mine. Moving all these buildings will cost several billions and it is the Swedish state mining company that is responsible for all costs. About 20,000 people live in Kiruna.

Hjalmar Lundbohmsgården

Hjalmar Lundbohmsgarden

When I was there in the summer of 2017, they had started moving this villa. It was the home of the first boss of LKAB, the Swedish state mining company. It is one of Kiruna’s oldest buildings and one of the closest to the mine. Hjalmar Lundbohmsgården is moving a few kilometers away along with some other valuable buildings in the neighbourhood.

The church of Kiruna

Some buildings will be demolished brick by brick and rebuilt elsewhere, but they will move this old wooden church in its entirety. The church dates from 1912 and was voted the most beautiful building in Sweden. To move the church they will build special roads. The move is planned 2025-2027.

Can’t you imagine it all? This video gives a clear view of the city. And especially pay attention to the nice part about the ‘spark’!

Kiruna City Hall

One of Kiruna’s buildings that will not be moved but will simply be demolished is the Kiruna City Hall. It is close to the mine and although it won an award in 1964 as the most beautiful public building in Sweden, it was chosen to design and build a completely new town hall in the new center of Kiruna. The striking tower will be moved and will become one of the eye-catchers of the new center.

Stadhuis Kiruna

Nearby: the ice hotel

A twenty minute drive from Kiruna you will find the first ice hotel in the world. Icehotel 365 is now open all year round, both for those who just want to visit and for those who actually want to stay and sleep in the ice hotel.

Tours in and around Kiruna

TV-tip

Although I didn’t recognize much from the TV series on the spot, the Nordic Noir series Midnight Sun is set in and around Kiruna. A must to watch to learn a little more about the local problems and the tensions between the Sami and the miners. In the summer months the sun does not set for 2 months and with a bit of luck you will see the midnight sun (if it is not cloudy, like when I was there). Are you interested in more Netflix tips?

Hotels in Kiruna

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12 August 2021
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Gällivare camping in Swedish Lapland

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Gällivare Camping

When I traveled through Sweden with Inlandsbanan in 2017, I combined overnight stays in hotels with wild camping. In Gällivare I pitched my tent at the campsite. Gällivare Camping is a 10-minute walk from Gällivare station and offers every comfort. If you prefer not to sleep in a tent, you can also rent huts.

Midnight sun at Gällivare Camping

Gällivare is located in Lapland and during the summer months the sun does not set for several weeks. A special experience! Unfortunately I did not see the midnightsun. The other nights of my stay in Lapland it remained cloudy. There were hardly any clouds when I slept on this camping site, but I was so tired that I decided to get into the tent around 10 pm, with an eye mask against the light. I had high hopes that it would work one of the following nights and so decided not to set an alarm clock around midnight. I regretted that afterwards! But, I really needed my night’s rest and so I have a reason to travel to Lapland in the summer again. And in winter of course, for the northern lights.

Gällivare Camping

Facilities

I arrived late at the campsite and set up my tent on the immense lawn. The season clearly hadn’t started yet (mid-June) and I didn’t see many other camping guests. They were very friendly at the reception. The sanitary facilities were ok and well maintained. Outside you could also use some fire pits that the campsite already lights for you. Great for warming up on cooler evenings and grilling sausages.

zicht op Dundret

View of Dundret

The campsite is located in the middle of nature, near the Vassaraälv. The Dundret Mountains are nearby and from the campsite you have a beautiful view of this ski area.

Tip: Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent in the summer months. If you go early enough in the year it may not be necessary but better to be safe than sorry. So I was there in mid-June and had 3 different types of anti-mosquito with me. In the end it turned out to be too cold and the mosquitoes were not there yet. I saw only 1 mosquito during the entire trip and that was in Stockholm. People who went barely 2 weeks later had much more bothered by the mosquitoes and mosquito bites.

Nearby

  • Kiruna with the mines
  • Ice hotel
  • For those who prefer a hotel: Quality Hotel Lapland

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12 August 2021
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