Gällivare

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Gällivare is a town in Lapland in northern Sweden, and an important railway junction as the ending point of Inlandsbanan and an important stop on the Malmbanan railway to Norway.

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By rail[edit]

  • Inlandsbanan is a 1300 kilometer railway running south to north through the Swedish heartland, roughly half way between the coast and the Norwegian border. Though there is regular passenger traffic on the line, it mainly serves as a recreative railway with railbuses, and most ticket types give you the option to hop on and off the train as you like. It begins in Kristinehamn on the shores of Vänern, and passes the major inland cities of Mora, Östersund and Vilhelmina on the way.
  • Malmbanan, which literally means the Ore railway, is an important railway running between Luleå on the gulf of Bothnia and Narvik on the Atlantic coast. It's mainly used to transport Iron ore from the huge mines around Gällivare and Kiruna, but fortunately the spectacular views along the line can also be seen from several passenger trains running between the two cities, and in the summer, a daily overnight train from Göteborg and Stockholm.

By plane[edit]

Gälivare airport, also called Lapland Airport in promotional material, sees two flights per day with the small regional carrier Nextjet[1] to Stockholms Arlanda airport.

By car[edit]

Two European routes connects to the city.

E10 then connects with E6 in the northern end (Narvik), and E4 in the southern end (Töre and Luleå)).


Note that neither E45 or E10 have motorway standard in this northern region.

Traffic accidents involving reindeers, sometimes whole herds, are not uncommon.

Also, be aware of the risk of white-outs during winter: As the temperature here can drop to -40 degrees or colder, snow can become a very fine powder. This can lead to complete and sudden temporary loss of sight, caused by thick snow smoke in the draught behind heavy trucks/buses and other meeting traffic. Keep your distance.

Get around[edit]

  • Gellivare Taxi (Located right outside the train station.),  +46 970 10000, e-mail: . 24/7. Besides regular taxi service, also buses for larger groups, and guided tours to the top of Dundret, down to the Aitik open pit copper mine (the biggest copper mine in Europe), or the underground LKAB iron ore mine in Malmberget.

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  • The Laponia national park system extends into Gällivare municipality and the town of Gällivare is a popular transfer point for travels up to the mountainous national parks. Popular starting points for hiking trips include, but are not limited to, Stora Sjöfallet and Ritsem. Bus connections are available all year round.
  •    Dundret +46 970-145 60, e-mail: . A mountain just outside Gällivare; one of Sweden's most spectacular viewpoints, from where 9 percent of Sweden's surface is visible on a clear day. During summer, it's a popular viewpoint for tourists who want to experience the midnight sun. The mountain has also an alpine skiing facility. It's not the biggest ski-resort in Sweden, but it has the longest season and has hosted World Cup events in both alpine and cross-country skiing.
  • During the darkest months of winter you might also experience the Northern Lights.

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Sleep[edit]

  •    Gällivare CampingKvarnbacksvägen 2 (Hembyggdsområdet) (Outskirts of the town, follow directions towards Jokkmokk (E45), then left before you cross the river.),  +46 970-100 10, e-mail: . Camping for tents and trailers, also affordable cabins available all year round. Cozy cafe during the summer. Located by the Vassara river, 8 minutes walk from the central parts of town. Cabins from kr 650, Dorm: kr 220, Bed linen: kr 90, Tent: kr 170.

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Routes through Gällivare
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