Arctic Circle Pass: Discover Swedish and Norwegian Lapland by Train

One of the most famous train routes in Sweden, from Kiruna in Swedish Lapland to Narvik on the Norwegian coast, is now more accessible than ever before. If you are thinking of traveling to Sweden in winter or summer and discovering part of this territory that extends through several countries with the Arctic Circle Pass travelcard it will be a lot easier.

En tren por Suecia <br> Foto: Melker Dahlstrand /

By Train in Sweden
Photo: Melker Dahlstrand /

Whether you come in the summer looking for the midnight sun – which never sets – or the white nights as if the plan is for the months between September and April in a trip on the hunt for Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland the Arctic Circle Pass card allows you to move comfortably through different enclaves of Lapland by train.

Parque Nacional de Abisko en Laponia sueca Foto Katja Kristoferson /

Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland
Photo: Katja Kristoferson /

The Arctic Circle Pass is priced at 364 SEK (~36€ / $40.25 /£30.70 ) and enables unlimited hop on hop off traveling in on the Kiruna – Narvik train route for 3 days by getting on or off at any of this next twelve stops.

Ruta Kiruna - Narvik con la Arctic Circle Pass

Kiruna – Narvik Route with the Arctic Circle Pass

In Sweden:

  • Kiruna: the main city of the region, described in the books of Åsa Larsson, with its famous and important iron ore mine and located only 20 km from the ice hotel, now also available 365 days a year.
  • Abisko Östra
  • Abisko Turiststation: provides access to the Abisko National Park, one of the oldest in Europe, as well as to the Aurora Sky Station observatory located at the top of Mount Nuolja (900 m).
Auroras boreales desde Aurora Sky Station <br> Foto: Lola Akinmade-Åkerström /

Northern Lights from Aurora Sky Station
Photo: Lola Akinmade-Åkerström /

  • Björkliden: from the train station a 9 km walk takes you to Låktatjåkko, the highest mountain station in Sweden (1228 m) with 18 beds, sauna, restaurant, and the highest bar in the country. In winter the place is accessible with skis, snowmobile and in summer on foot. Both in summer and in winter it can be reached by helicopter.
  • Låktatjåkka
  • Vassijaure
  • Katterjåkk
  • Riksgränsen: Sweden’s northernmost ski resort located 200 km north of the Polar Circle and close to one of the most famous views of Lapland known as Lapporten or “the gate to Lapland”.
Auroras en Laponia Foto: Hjalmar Andersson /

Northern Lights in Lapland
Photo: Hjalmar Andersson /

And then in Norway: Bjørnfjell, Søsterbekk, Katterat and Narvik.

The train goes twice a day in each of the directions. You can buy the Arctic Circle Pass in the stores of the SJ train company in Sweden.

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About Israel Úbeda

Former press officer and communicator at VisitSweden, the Swedish National Tourism Organization in Spain. Traveling to Sweden since 2002 and at times living in the country. A few years ago I decided that others could learn about Swedish tourist destinations, the language and the society on this page. Welcome!

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