Visiting and staying at Esrange Space Center during Covid-19 pandemic
We follow the Covid-19 pandemic development continuously and adapt to current directives from both the authorities and our restrictions at Esrange for the hotel and restaurant business. We have strict hygiene requirements in place and all affected areas are cleaned and disinfected frequently.
Our wish is that you as guests should feel safe as much as possible!
- Kindly consider good hand hygiene and keeping a distance from others. Hand sanitizer is available at Hotel Aurora.
- If you feel unwell, stay at your hotel room and contact your SSC host immediately.
How to get there
You reach Esrange Space Center by taxi or car. There is no public transportation to the center. The airport offers rental cars.
In order to get to Esrange Space Center from Kiruna Airport, follow the directions below
1. Drive approx. 2.4 km and turn right on to E10 South
2. Drive 5.4 km
3. Turn left towards Jukkasjärvi and Paksuniemi
4. Drive 6.2 km and then turn left towards Paksuniemi and Esrange
5. Drive 6.3 km and then follow the road turning left in Paksuniemi
6. Drive 18 km and you will at the end of the road arrive at Esrange Guard (you will pass the ESA Satellite Station located 7 km before arriving at Esrange).
Please be aware of wild animals on the road.
When you arrive at the gate, register with the guard (see Security for more information). You will get the key to the hotel room from the guard if you arrive after office hours.
There are parking lots near the hotel.
You can order a dinner box from the restaurant. Contact your SSC point of contact the day before.
Esrange Space Center is a civilian protection area. You will need an invitation to enter behind the gate. When arriving at Esrange, go to the guard (the building between the gate and the Visitor Center.) You will be asked for a valid personal ID and the name of your SSC point of contact.
Always carry your access card visible and always register when entering and exiting
Photography in the area is not allowed.
In case of emergency, call 112
The hotel Aurora is located close to the Main Building. It houses 79 rooms (out of which 20 are double rooms), conference rooms, gym, sauna and kitchens for self-catering.
The reception at Esrange Space Center is situated in the Main Building.
Reception opening hours:
Monday - Friday 08:00 -15:50
You will get the key to the hotel room from the guard if you arrive after office hours.
Restaurant Space Inn
The restaurant is located in the Main Building and is open during normal working hours and during the launch operations. Special requirements regarding the opening hours, special dishes, etc, can normally be fulfilled.
Breakfast 07:15 - 09:00
Lunch 11:00 - 12:00
Dinner 18:00 - 19:00 (during campaigns only - see launching programme)
Weather and clothes
Esrange has a typical continental climate with cold winters and relatively warm summers. The precipitation and humidity are relatively low all year. Snow begins to fall by late September, and normally by mid-October the ground is covered and the lakes are frozen. The 24-hour average temperature falls below 0° C in early October and stays below until the beginning of May. During the coldest months, December, January and February, the average temperature is normally around -15°C. However, a low of - 48° C has been recorded.
In case you have not brought clothes suitable for the climate you can borrow warm shoes and warm overalls. Please contact the reception.
Weather forecast (yr.no)
Feel free to use our leisure equipment for recreational activities during your stay. You can borrow skis, bikes, kick sleds, sleds, fishing rods and more. It can be found in the leisure store by the hotel entrance.
See & Do in Kiruna area
The location of Esrange Space Center with its wild, beautiful and magnificent surroundings offers a wide selection of outdoor recreation activities. The mountain area around Kiruna is perfect for hiking and skiing, the lakes and rivers are an eldorado for fishing. In the summer you enter the world of the midnight sun, and in the winter you may experience an incredible light show; the northern lights or Aurora Borealis. It is common to see wild animals such as reindeer and moose.
The town of Kiruna offers shopping, restaurants, bars, dentist, hospital and much more. Visit the links below to discover.