The best times to visit Kiruna for ideal weather are

October 8th to April 29th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Kiruna Travel Info

Weather in Kiruna

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kiruna vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 20th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kiruna, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 65.3°F (18.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 46.4°F (8°C) at night.

Kiruna Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kiruna Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Kiruna Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kiruna Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kiruna Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 18.1 8.6 -2.9
Feb 17.7 8.7 -3.1
Mar 26.8 18.5 6
Apr 35.1 27.7 16.9
May 46.7 39.2 30.7
Jun 56.2 48 39.3
Jul 63 54.3 45.4
Aug 59.1 50.4 41.1
Sep 50.3 42.8 34.7
Oct 37.1 30.6 23
Nov 27.1 18.7 8.7
Dec 22.9 14.1 3.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -7.7 -13 -19.4
Feb -7.9 -12.9 -19.5
Mar -2.9 -7.5 -14.4
Apr 1.7 -2.4 -8.4
May 8.2 4 -0.7
Jun 13.4 8.9 4.1
Jul 17.2 12.4 7.4
Aug 15.1 10.2 5.1
Sep 10.2 6 1.5
Oct 2.8 -0.8 -5
Nov -2.7 -7.4 -12.9
Dec -5.1 -9.9 -15.9

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kiruna are March, April, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early March. For example, on the week of March 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.

When can you find snow in Kiruna? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kiruna.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kiruna (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 11% 0 0.9
Feb 11% 0 0.9
Mar 5% 0 0.5
Apr 9% 0 0.8
May 16% 0 1.9
Jun 22% 0 2.3
Jul 28% 0 3.5
Aug 21% 0 2.6
Sep 20% 0 2.2
Oct 12% 0 1.3
Nov 12% 0 1.1
Dec 11% 0 1.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 11 0 2.3
Feb 11 0 2.3
Mar 5 0 1.3
Apr 9 0 2
May 16 0 4.8
Jun 22 0 5.8
Jul 28 0 8.9
Aug 21 0 6.6
Sep 20 0 5.6
Oct 12 0 3.3
Nov 12 0 2.8
Dec 11 0 2.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Kiruna has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is June (56.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (82.7%).

Wind in Kiruna is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by June and April. March’s average wind speed of around 7.3 knots (8.4 MPH or 13.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 14.8 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kiruna.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Max Sustained Wind
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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 5.3 Light breeze 11.2 Significant breeze
Feb 5.7 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Mar 7.3 Gentle breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Apr 6.3 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
May 6.2 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Jun 6.8 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Jul 6 Light breeze 10.8 Significant breeze
Aug 5.3 Light breeze 9.9 Gentle breeze
Sep 6.2 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Oct 6 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Nov 5.1 Light breeze 10.6 Significant breeze
Dec 5.4 Light breeze 12.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 74.8%
Feb 72%
Mar 66%
Apr 66%
May 63%
Jun 56.8%
Jul 69.8%
Aug 75.1%
Sep 77.2%
Oct 80.6%
Nov 82.7%
Dec 76.5%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kiruna?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Sweden; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kiruna, Sweden is July, followed by June and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kiruna in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 50.7 in December means 50.7% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Kiruna Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 56.8°F (13.8°C) and 23.4°F (-4.8°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kiruna, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 53.4°F (11.9°C) and 24.9°F (-3.9°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Kiruna to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 23.4°F (-4.8°C) and 15.4°F (-9.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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