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If you’re looking for a place to see the Northern Lights, Abisko is definitely one of the first places that will come up. But did you know that Abisko is a place 200 kilometers above the Arctic Circle where only 100 people live? This beautiful region is perfectly situated to host some of the most amazing Northern Lights viewing, as well as being home to fascinating natural wonders and vibrant Swedish Lapland culture.

How to get there, where to stay, when you should go to Abisko

Where is Abisko?

Abisko is located in the northwest of Sweden, between Norway’s Narvik city and Kiruna city in Swedish Lapland. The village, which is a part of the Kiruna Municipality, is on average 30 kilometers to the Norwegian border.

The capital of the Northern Lights of Swedish Lapland, actually consists of two areas next to each other, Abisko National Park and Abisko Village.

Abisko National Park, which lies on the banks of Lake Tornetrask, also is part of the 440-kilometer Kungsleden hiking route. For this reason, the park is visited by professional hikers all year round.

The only settlement in Abisko National Park is STF Abisko Turisstation. 400 people can stay in the most popular hotel of the region. The population is 100 and there are 4 hotels. There is also a small supermarket in the village.

Why is Abisko so popular?

Abisko experiences very intense tourism in both seasons. From September to April, tourists from all over the world flock to the region for the Northern Lights. Between November and May, it is possible to do winter tourism activities such as dog sledding and snowmobiling in the fascinating geography of this region. We offer the best experience to see the Northern Lights on our tours.

Abisko, which has the driest air in all of Scandinavia, is a perfect destination to experience the Northern Lights with a high number of cloudless nights. In the summer months, hikers and nature enthusiasts (mostly from Scandinavian countries) can experience the midnight sun in the beautiful Abisko scenery.

How to get to Abisko?

Another reason why Abisko is so popular is because its transportation is very easy. Nearby Stockholm is home to a major international airport, with arrivals from most countries on a regular basis. From Stockholm, take a short, regional flight to the Kiruna region. Kiruna Airport is only 1 hour away from Abisko. SAS and Air Norwegian operate flights from Stockholm to Kiruna year-round.

If you are looking for more adventures, you can reach Abisko directly from Stockholm after an average 20-hour journey by the Arctic Train. If you are coming via Norway, it takes only 1.5 hours by train between Narvik (Norway) and Abisko. Abisko National Park’s train station stop is Abiskoturiststation, Abisko village’s train stop is Abisko Östra.

Where to stay in Abisko?

Although Abisko has a small population, there are plenty of options for accommodations at any budget and comfort level.

If you want, you can stay in one of the hotel, hostel or chalet options of STF Turiststation in Abisko National Park, or you can choose Abisko Mountain Lodge, Abisko Guesthouse or Abisko Net in the village. We highly recommend you to book your accommodation in advance.

When you should go to Abisko?

Abisko is beautiful in any season, so the time you should visit depends on what you want to experience when you get there.

If you want to experience the Northern Lights, you should visit Abisko in the season from September to April. If you want to experience the snow activities that start in late October and see the Northern Lights, the period from the beginning of November to mid-April is perfect.

However, it is really impressive to experience the wonderful colors of nature with the northern lights in September and October (with less or no snow!).

The polar night period from the beginning of December to the middle of January offers you a completely different experience. During this period, the sun never rises above Abisko, and the area becomes dark.

Another special experience is the midnight sun from June to July. It is extraordinary to watch the sun rising from midnight during this 22-hour daylight.

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