Greater Metropolitan Jukkasjärvi Region

Ina and Linn in the Jukkasjärvi church yard

Jukkasjärvi has less than 600 people, and officially is part of the Kiruna municipality. In addition to the Ice Hotel, it has an old wooden church and a reindeer station/market which now seems to mostly be a Sami cultural interpretive centre for tourists. The community sits at the end of the lake, and so was the original site for a village (not Kiruna, the draw of the mine is more recent) as well as seasonal gatherings of nomadic reindeer herders. It made for a short extra stop after the ice hotel, but one which added some insight into the history of the North.