Tourism in northern Sweden

Japanese tourists flock to see northern lights

Published måndag 24 december 2012 kl 17.51

Snow and northern lights brought hundreds of Japanese tourists to Kiruna in northern Sweden ahead of the Christmas holidays, news agency TT reports.

Around 250 passengers were on board the first plane to land on Sunday. They were greated with traditional mulled wine, ginger bread cookies and a slideshow of the northern lights.

"We hope to see northern lights on our trip. We will also be visiting the ice hotel and the ice church," Maya Ishihara told the local paper Norbottens-Kuriren.