Experience the Northern Lights in Sweden with Lights of Vikings tours. We offer plenty of options to fit your trip to Sweden, including tours starting from Abisko or from Kiruna, with options for dinner or without and with packages for all budgets. Check out our tours below and select the options that fit your needs by using the filter on the left side of the page.
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is one of the world’s most magical sights. This natural phenomenon is created by solar wind pushing electrically charged particles into Earth’s atmosphere. When the conditions are right, beautiful blues, greens and even pinks and purples show up as dancing lights in the sky.
A true bucket list experience, the Northern Lights can only be seen at northern latitudes, close to or in the Arctic Circle. There are a few locations in the world that are the best for seeing the Northern Lights and Swedish Lapland is one of the best places to see the lights.
Swedish Lapland is the best place to see the Northern Lights in Sweden. Specifically, the towns of Abisko and Kiruna are known around the world as the best place to go to see the Lights in Sweden for many reasons. These are two of the northernmost towns in Sweden, close to Norway, but they are farther inland than coastal Norway, creating a barrier from moisture from the sea.
Of these two cities, each has its own appeal and you can choose either to travel from for your Northern Lights tour. Kiruna is a bigger city and will offer more options in terms of where to stay, getting in and out of the city and restaurant options. Abisko is one of the most unique towns in Sweden because of its microclimate, which creates more days of clear weather and cloudless nights than any other place in Sweden. The cloudless nights of Abisko’s microclimate create a higher chance of seeing the Lights because they are less likely to be obscured by clouds.
As you choose a location to see the Northern Lights, keep in mind that you will need to travel away from city lights for a completely dark night sky. It’s easy to get to clear, dark skies in Swedish Lapland with a tour from Abisko and Kiruna.
You can experience the Aurora Borealis in Sweden between September-April, when the sky is clear and dark. Northern Sweden is in the Arctic Circle, which means that the winter nights are long and dark, perfect for chasing the lights through the beautiful natural landscape.
The best way to get to Kiruna is to fly or take a train. Kiruna is one of the northernmost points in Scandinavia, so anyone traveling to Kiruna will be arriving from points south, like Oslo or Stockholm. It is possible (and a beautiful trip) to drive to Kiruna, but the trip from Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, is around 14 hours to drive, depending on traffic.
Direct flights into Kiruna from Stockholm run multiple times a day on several carriers. From Stockholm to Kiruna is about an hour and a half flight, and from the Kiruna airport you can easily rent a car to get around Swedish Lapland or catch a bus to the city centre.
The night train from Stockholm to Kiruna is the most popular way to get to Kiruna. Leaving from Stockholm at 6 pm, the train arrives in Kiruna around 9:30 am the next morning. The overnight train offers sleeper cabins and plenty of amenities for the long trip.
The best way to get to Abisko is by train. Trains arrive from Stockholm, as well as other Swedish cities along the way daily. The train station in Abisko is centrally located and most hotels will pick you up at the station and bring you to the hotel if you book a shuttle. Likewise our tour pick up in Abisko is at your hotel or at the Abisko Tourist Station, walking distance from the train station.
Another way to get to Abisko is to fly into Kiruna, and take a train or rent a car and drive from there. This is the quickest way to get to Abisko from Stockholm, and you get to see both cities as well as experience the scenic drive or train between them.
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