Gällivare geography

Gällivare is located above the arctic circle in Sweden.

Places to watch the race
The best places to watch the race is at the swim start of lake Vassara, Sandviken. Bike and run, in Stora Sjöfallet and the STF cabin in Vakkotavare located 17 km west of Stora Sjöfallet along the run course. Please be aware that the road between Stora Sjöfallet and Ritsem is very narrow and runners will be coming in both directions along this road. It is not allowed to drive along cyclists or runners in order to support or pace the athletes. It is however allowed to park the car and cheer on the athletes as they pass. Athletes are not allowed to get any outside assistance other than fluids or energy. Athletes are not allowed to get other assistance such as help with bike mechanics.

Getting around
From Gällivare you travel to Stora Sjöfallet by car (there are several car rental options in Gällivare) but it is also possible to use the regional bus no 93.

Things to do and places to visit
Learn more about the Laponia world heritage by visiting Naturum Laponia which is located in Stora Sjöfallet.

Saltoluokta Mountain station is located on the other side of the lake in Stora Sjöfallet. You get there with the daily ferry transfer. Check out the Saltoluokta special offers on accommodation and activities for participants and supporters.

The LKAB underground iron mine in Koskullskulle/Malmberget is located as deep as 1250 m. Access to land is decisive for all mining operations, and LKAB’s future is dependent on central parts of Malmberget being successively moved to Gällivare. This urban transformation is a result of the location of the ore bodies and the expansion of mining operations. LKAB have three special mining tours for athletes and their friends during the race weekend. More information can be found at the registration page.

The Aitik copper mine is the largest open pit mine in Sweden with a depth of 450 meter. Here you can see the world’s largest machines in operation. Trucks weighing 570 tons and the excavators have scoops that can hold 45 cubic meters.

The Dundret mountain offers a variety of activities. You can hike or bike along the marked routes. Take the ski lift up to the top of Dundret from where you can see all the way to the Akka and Kebnekaise mountain peaks. Make photo excursions at midnight under the midnight sun. Check out the Dundret website for up to date info about what is going on.

Most information about visiting Gällivare can be found on the Gällivare Lapland website.

Eating and drinking
Gällivare offers some nice coffee shops where you can have a traditional Swedish ”fika”. Alla tiders café, Quality hotel, Café Vetehatten and Café Nyfiket are some good choices in central Gällivare. Strandcafét is located just by the river Vassara (close to the start of Laponia Sprint) and is a very nice traditional café open only during the summer. Most spectacular view is without doubt from the Fjällstugan café located on the top of Dundret. Fjällstugan café is open past midnight so you can watch the midnight sun while having a fika. You get there by car or by ski lift.

There are several places to have lunch or dinner but if you are looking for a more proper restaurant environment then you should try Steakhouse (Quality hotel), Glada KockenNittaya Thai or Peking Palace.

More information about eating and drinking is found on the Gällivare Lapland webpage.

Car parking
Finding places to park your car is never a problem in Gällivare. Generally speaking, space is something we have got a lot of up here. Locals typically drive around waiting until they find a parking place within 50 meters from their destination. It is the long and freezing winter up here making us unwilling to walk longer distances away from the safety and comfort of our cars.

Since Dundret mountain is located just nearby the Gällivare city center you can get quite spectacular photos in from the swim start at Sandviken beach. From the top of Dundret you can see as far as Kebnekaise (highest mountain in Sweden) and the midnight sun view from Dundret is magnificent. Otherwise the mountain scenery gets more and more spectacular the farther to the west you get. Around Stora Sjöfallet and further along the road towards Ritsem offer plenty of great spots for photos.

How to support
Join us at the swim start and finish at Sandviken beach! The athletes will really appreciate the support from the crowd before and after the swim. Support will of course also be appreciated during the bike segment but it is especially during the latter part of the run that the athletes need all the support they can get. So line up along the run course and cheer on all athletes.

The STF cabin in Vakkotavare is located with 17 km to go on the run and is a great place to be as a spectator.

The finish line in Stora Sjöfallet is also convenient for spectators with possibility to buy something to eat and drink.

Getting here
There are daily flights between Stockholm and Gällivare with Nextjet (The summer 2017 the flights are however cancelled due to construction work on the airport). You can also fly between Stockholm and Kiruna with SAS or Norwegian. From Kiruna you can travel by train or regional bus to Gällivare or get a rental car. Gällivare Taxi usually have special offers on flight transfer to and from Kiruna airport.
You can travel by night train with SJ from Gothenburg and Stockholm to Gällivare where the train station is located in the city center just next to Quality Hotel Lapland. If you fly to Stockholm, Arlanda you can continue by train directly from the airport.

Places to stay
As a spectator you will most probably want to stay in Gällivare where all the pre-race action takes place and where the race starts with the swim in lake Vassara. Gällivare is also the location of the awards ceremony and the Sunday brunch.

Pre-race meeting, pasta buffet, Sunday brunch and award ceremony takes place at Quality Hotel Lapland. So you might want to consider staying there during the event.

The Swedish Tourist Federation (Svenska Turistföreningen, STF) have three locations in the Laponia world heritage, Saltoluokta, Vakkotavare and Ritsem.

You may also want to consider staying at Stora Sjöfallet where the finish of Laponia Triathlon is located.

Other good hotels in central Gällivare are Scandic hotel and Hotell Dundret (city center).

Cabins and hostel are available at Gällivare camping located just next to the Laponia sprint triathlon.