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Best time to visit Kiruna, Sweden

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The best time to visit Kiruna is May-June

Kiruna is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, May-June is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 22℃ (72℉) in the middle of the day. In the winter months, it can get down to as low as -22℃ (-8℉) at night.

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kiruna, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. The wet season in Kiruna usually falls during the months surrounding September each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Find out everything you need to know about when to visit Kiruna below, including detailed information about the weather and tools to help you find the best prices and book your trip.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

March

Most daylight

August

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Kiruna seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Kiruna as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Kiruna is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Kiruna

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Kiruna for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Kiruna climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Kiruna for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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NOV
DEC

Kiruna in January

  • Average temperature: -13℃ (10℉)
  • Average high temperature: -10℃ (14℉)
  • Average low temperature: -16℃ (4℉)
  • Average humidity: 92%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 22mm (1") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 20 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kiruna in February

  • Average temperature: -12℃ (10℉)
  • Average high temperature: -9℃ (15℉)
  • Average low temperature: -16℃ (3℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 3 days
  • Average snow days: 18 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kiruna in March

  • Average temperature: -9℃ (16℉)
  • Average high temperature: -5℃ (22℉)
  • Average low temperature: -13℃ (8℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kiruna in April

  • Average temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average high temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average low temperature: -8℃ (17℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kiruna in May

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 10 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in May, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kiruna in June

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (1") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Kiruna in July

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 15 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Kiruna in August

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Kiruna in September

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 44mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in September, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.

Kiruna in October

  • Average temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 13 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kiruna in November

  • Average temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average high temperature: -5℃ (24℉)
  • Average low temperature: -9℃ (16℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 22mm (1") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Kiruna in December

  • Average temperature: -10℃ (15℉)
  • Average high temperature: -7℃ (19℉)
  • Average low temperature: -13℃ (9℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 21 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kiruna in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Kiruna is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 17℃ (62℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Kiruna is generally around March. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in March first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Kiruna is generally around September, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of September too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Kiruna, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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