Riksgränsen

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Riksgränsen
Coordinates 68°25′40″N 18°07′20″E / 68.42778°N 18.12222°E / 68.42778; 18.12222Coordinates: 68°25′40″N 18°07′20″E / 68.42778°N 18.12222°E / 68.42778; 18.12222
Vertical 410 m (1,350 ft)
Runs 28
Lift system 6
Lift capacity 7400 passengers/hr
Night skiing Selected days (under midnight sun)

Riksgränsen, The National Border in Swedish, is a ski-resort in Kiruna Municipality, Lappland, Sweden, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. The skiing season is from February to June. From end of May the lifts operate under the midnight sun.

Riksgränsen is a popular location for the winter testing of pre-production cars by various European manufacturers. Photo-snipers are prevalent, attempting to get the first spy-shots of new models, though their activities are frowned upon by local hoteliers who value the custom of the manufacturers. The same manufacturers frequently use the location for winter launches, bringing journalists from across the world to drive the new cars on snow-covered roads and on courses specially prepared on frozen lakes.

Banverket — Malmbanan
473 Narvik
463 Straumsnes
455 Rombak
446 Katterat
440 Søsterbekk
435 Bjørnfjell
Sweden / Norway border
433 Riksgränsen
430 Katterjåkk
426 Vassijaure
423 Låktatjåkka
415 Kopperåsen
406 Björkliden
399 Abisko turiststation
397 Abisko Östra
388 Stordalen
375 Kaisepakte
365 Stenbacken
355 Torneträsk
345 Bergfors
336 Rensjön
325 Rautas
315 Krokvik
306 Kiruna depot
305 Kiruna iron ore yard
304 Kiruna Central
to Svappavaarabanan
297 Råtsi
290 Kalixfors
283 Gäddmyr
276 Sjisjka
272 Lappberg
265 Kaitum
262 Fjallåsen
249 Harrå
237 Håmojåkk
227 Linaälv
214 Sikträsk
to Vitåforsbananto Koskullskulle
to Inlandsbananto Arvidsjaur
204 Gällivare
to Aitik
191 Harrträsk
184 Ripats
173 Nuortikon
166 Kilvo
156 Nattavaara
144 Koskivaara
134 Polcirkeln
123 Murjek
107 Näsberg
95 Lakaträsk
85 Gullträsk
75 Sandträsk
67 Gransjö
54 Ljuså
44 Holmfors
to Haparandabanan
40 Buddbyn
37 Boden avoiding line
36 Boden Central
to Stambanan genom övre Norrland
3 Boden avoiding line
28 Säväst
19 Norra Sunderbyn
14 Sunderbyn Sjukhus
9 Gammelstan
to Karlsvikshyttan
5 Notviken
0 Luleå
Luleå ore docks

Climate[edit]

Although the subarctic climate of the region is very cold, it has considerably milder winters than normally expected for an inland northerly area, due to its proximity to the warm North Atlantic Current. Summers do remain cool in spite of the midnight sun due to similar marine effects. With prevailing low-pressure systems taking precedence, the climate is snowy and cloudy. The deep snow cover and the time it takes for thawing prolongs the skiing season to the midnight sun window.

Climate data for Katterjåkk, 2002-2013 (extremes 1901-2011), (snowfall 1970-1981)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
5.2
(41.4)
7.0
(44.6)
10.9
(51.6)
20.5
(68.9)
27.8
(82)
27.3
(81.1)
26.9
(80.4)
20.0
(68)
14.7
(58.5)
10.4
(50.7)
7.7
(45.9)
27.8
(82)
Average high °C (°F) −6.6
(20.1)
−7.3
(18.9)
−4.2
(24.4)
1.5
(34.7)
6.2
(43.2)
12.1
(53.8)
16.2
(61.2)
14.3
(57.7)
8.4
(47.1)
2.0
(35.6)
−1.9
(28.6)
−4.8
(23.4)
2.99
(37.39)
Daily mean °C (°F) −10.1
(13.8)
−10.8
(12.6)
−7.7
(18.1)
−2.1
(28.2)
2.8
(37)
8.1
(46.6)
11.9
(53.4)
10.4
(50.7)
5.2
(41.4)
−0.3
(31.5)
−4.6
(23.7)
−7.9
(17.8)
−0.42
(31.23)
Average low °C (°F) −13.7
(7.3)
−14.2
(6.4)
−11.1
(12)
−5.3
(22.5)
0.0
(32)
4.6
(40.3)
8.3
(46.9)
7.2
(45)
2.8
(37)
−2.9
(26.8)
−7.4
(18.7)
−11.0
(12.2)
−3.56
(25.59)
Record low °C (°F) −34.1
(−29.4)
−35.2
(−31.4)
−29.2
(−20.6)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−14.4
(6.1)
−3.9
(25)
0.5
(32.9)
−1.7
(28.9)
−8.6
(16.5)
−17.0
(1.4)
−22.5
(−8.5)
−33.0
(−27.4)
−35.2
(−31.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 81.4
(3.205)
68.8
(2.709)
68.5
(2.697)
42.1
(1.657)
53.4
(2.102)
63.6
(2.504)
90.8
(3.575)
64.2
(2.528)
123.6
(4.866)
87.4
(3.441)
63.5
(2.5)
72.4
(2.85)
879.7
(34.634)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 65.3
(25.71)
59.4
(23.39)
43.7
(17.2)
41.3
(16.26)
19.3
(7.6)
4.5
(1.77)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
13.1
(5.16)
47.5
(18.7)
54.5
(21.46)
73.3
(28.86)
421.9
(166.11)
Average precipitation days 17.9 18.3 18.6 16.3 17.1 16.8 17.2 16.2 21.2 19.8 18.0 18.5 215.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 0.0 21.8 92.2 147.9 179.1 195.5 208.2 153.5 68.0 35.4 0.9 0.0 1,102.5
Mean daily sunshine hours 0.0 0.8 3.0 4.5 5.3 6.0 6.2 4.5 2.1 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.78
Source: [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SMHI". 

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