Visited December 2013
Having accomplished our task the night before and it being our last night in Kiruna, we finally had a good night’s rest and were able to sleep in later than usual.
To get to Kiruna Airport, there is the Airport Flygbuss that picks passengers up from Kiruna Tourist Information Centre, which was just next to our hotel. Cost per person is 50 SEK. As we had some time to kill after checking on the schedule, we decided to explore the snowy small town before leaving.
The journey from the city to the airport took about 30 minutes. As we crossed borders via car previously, we were surprised to see that the airport of Kiruna was pretty small, given that it could only service two planes at a time. Should your flight be scheduled together with another plane at similar timings, be prepared for a crowded airport with limited seats.
From Arlanda Airport to Stockholm city, there were two options available to get to the city, either by the Airport Express Train or by the Airport Bus. As we decided to save on some money, we chose the latter, which was about half the price of the train ticket. Little did we know that the bus journey took us about 45 minutes, as we stopped at various stops, and was also stuck in traffic. Not to mention that by the time we board, because we were one of the last airport stops, there was little luggage space left for us, and we had to sit separately from each other.
By the time we finally arrived at the city centre, it was almost 5pm, as we made our way to Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm. Choosing the business class room, we got a spectacular view of the harbour and the nearby City Hall, complementary Nespresso coffee and free movies.
Due to our late arrival, it was with disappointment that we could not visit any of the attractions, but instead decided to check out Gamla Stan and see how it is at night, as well as familiarise ourselves with the subway system of Stockholm before turning in for the night.