Minimalist Packing List for the Swedish Northern Lights

At the end of November, I will be travelling with my girlfriend to Sweden’s northernmost town: Kiruna.

Inhabited for at least 6000 years by humans, reindeer and moose, Kiruna was founded in 1900. It is home to world’s largest iron ore mine and, to prevent Kiruna from falling into it, the whole town is being moved 3km to the east. It takes roughly 16 hours to reach by train from Stockholm but is one of the best places in the world to spot the Northern Lights.

Kiruna is also close to the world-famous Ice Hotel and Abisko National Park. Located north of the Arctic Circle, it has 30 days without sun and a 24-hour day from the end of May.

It isn’t cheap, but offers a truly unforgettable adventure.

However, this is still an ultra-minimalist packing list.

In this list, you will find all the clothes I intend to take.

Anyway, here’s the minimalist packing list for a few days in Kiruna. Although we are only travelling for five days, these are the same clothes I’d take for a much longer stay, since it is really all you need.

1) North Face Winter Hiking Shoes

2) Mountain Warehouse Ski Jacket

3) Nevica Ski Trousers

4) 2 x Travel T-Shirts

5) 2 x Thermal Base Layers

6) 2 x Hoodies

7) 2 x Base Layer Trousers

8) 3 x Socks

9) 2 x Gloves/Tribord Scarf

If anything, I’m overpacking. However, this is a good chance to test out different clothing combinations and see what works and what doesn’t. It should be a great trip and I can’t wait to write about the things we get up to out there.

Disciple of Diogenes, Freelance Writer and Endless Wanderer

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