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Grand Hotel Lapland in Gällivare

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Grand Hotel Lapland Gällivare

When I traveled with the Inlandsbanan to Swedish Lapland in the summer of 2017, I switched between wild camping and hotel nights. In Gällivare I spent one night in Grand Hotel Lapland. This hotel is located near Gällivare station. The hotel has wellness facilities with a view of the Dundret Mountains.

I stayed there in the summer and enjoyed a green and (sometimes also) sunny Lapland. Gällivare is also a popular place in winter. There was still snow on top of nearby Dundret during the summer. During the winter months, the area around Dundret turns into a popular ski area where you can also do night skiing. If skiing north of the Arctic Circle is on your bucket list, then you have to go here!

More about skiing in Sweden can be found here.

Hotel meets local

In a small town in Lapland there are not many facilities. It is therefore a good idea to integrate a number of facilities in the hotel that the local residents eagerly use. There is also a bowling alley in the hotel. The hotel offers special rates for their guests.

The local knitting club regularly meets in the hotel’s café/restaurant. I loved eavesdropping while eating my quiche at the other table.

Wellness and rooftop Skybar at Grand Hotel Lapland

Grand Hotel Lapland Gällivare

The rooftop of Grand Hotel Lapland offers fantastic views of Dundret. During the summer months you can enjoy the rooftop terrace, a heated and covered swimming pool and an outdoor jacuzzi. Inside there is also a sauna (separate for women and men, there is also a mixed sauna) with a relaxation area and a spacious gym.

During the summer months it gets barely dark (to not dark at all during some weeks around 21 June) in Gällivare. The rooftop is a great place to spot the midnightsun. Unfortunately it was cloudy when I was there. I suspect that Gällivare is too lit to spot the northern lights in the winter months, but if you take a walk outside the town you might have a better chance.

Tip: Gällivare is only 80 km from Kiruna, the mining village that will be moved about 4 km in the coming years. The world famous ice hotel is also nearby.

Practical information

How to get to Grand Hotel Lapland?

The hotel is located close to Gällivare station. If you come by train, you can’t miss it. If you come by car, you can park on the hotel site.

Address: Lasarettsgatan 1, Gällivare

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Want to stay at this hotel? Book your room at Grand Hotel Lapland now!

Other hotels nearby


  • Gällivare Museum
  • Dundret
  • Vassaraträsket

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Grand hotel Lapland Gällivare
19 August 2021

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


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.


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

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