Abisko

Abisko is a village in Kiruna municipality, near Abisko National Park. The Kungsleden hiking trail, or King’s Trail, starts (or ends) here. The national park is known for its cross-country skiing opportunities, snowshoeing, and other winter sports (Mount Nuolja and nearby Björkliden provides Backcountry skiing and freeriding opportunities). Summer hikers enjoy the midnight sun, while winter visitors may find the light pollution-free location ideal for viewing the aurora borealis. One of the most recognized natural sights is Lapporten, a U-shaped valley visible from Abisko.

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Northern lights over the Islands of Swedish Lapland

When to see the northern lights in Swedish Lapland

Shimmery and magical. The dance of the Northern Lights are a spectacular sight that we frequently enjoy in Swedish Lapland. Viewing the Aurora Borealis is both a jaw-dropping and mystical experience. But what time of year is the best time to see them?

How to dress for winter in Swedish Lapland

I'm travelling to Swedish Lapland this winter, how should I dress for the cold climate? Check out this guide for dressing for winter in Swedish Lapland.

An autumn hike in Abisko

Autumn… It can be really boring… and dreary… and just… just wonderful! Autumn is so immediate; it makes its first appearance after a chilly night and then moves on at full speed. Its colours and clear air must be experienced in the same immediate way: right now!

13 ways of loving the midnight light

The season with the midnight light is around 100 days long. You play golf in the middle of the night, you take a swim when you feel like it and those who have never experienced the midnight light before wonder how they'll ever manage to sleep. But then you make your mind up not to worry about sleep and decide it's time for further adventures. Even more summer.

Trail Running in Swedish Lapland

The most common way to experience King’s Trail (Kungsleden) is walking or skiing in a comfortable pace. But there are other ways – come along on an up-tempo journey through the scenic mountains of Swedish Lapland when Krissy, Luke and Fredrik takes on the challenge of spending a week running along this famous trail.

The Midnight sun, finally!

The Midnight Sun. The feeling of never having to face tomorrow, just keep having fun and enjoy the never-ending day, is absolutely wonderful. But. Those who depend on their beauty sleep will face certain challenges.

Kärkevagge, the secret stone valley

In Sámi it's called Geargevággi, which translates to Stone Valley in English. But in real life, it might as well be a fairytale.

How walking the King’s Trail changed my life

When Agata Mieczko from Italy first heard about the King's Trail, she knew she had to walk it. It turned out be a life-changing experience.

The Fishing Luck of Mothers-in-Law

The Arctic climate calls for certain innovations to master the art of ice fishing. To close a door on the cold, be comfortable and catch a fish you sometimes need a whole house. But inside the house things are as they should: the smell of coffee on the stove, newly-baked cinnamon buns and today's latest gossip.

Abisko and Aurora Sky Station – world’s best place to experience the Northern Lights

Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland offers perhaps some of the best conditions in the world for Northern Lights. The surrounding mountains keep the skies almost clear and the light pollution is next to nothing. No wonder Lonely Planet dubbed Abisko the world’s most illuminating experience of 2015.

Showdown on wheels

How to make the most of the autumn in Swedish Lapland as a biking nerd. Follow Olov and his friends on a epic downhill biking adventure in Björkliden and Abisko, where the scenery leaves them astounded.

Stories told with names

Many towns, mountains, rivers in Swedish Lapland bear the names given to them by the Sámi people, usually describing their characteristics. When reading a map of Swedish Lapland, knowing the meaning of some Sámi words adds another, fascinating dimension to the landscape.

The king of all mountain trails!

King's Trail or Kungsleden, is Sweden's longest and most famous trail, and mostly frequented during summer, but it's an equally exiting adventure by skis during winter. Göran Wallin, keen outdoor enthusiasts, gives us the insides to this great trail through the mountains of Swedish Lapland

Safe hiking in the mountains

Hiking is multidimensional. It offers something for your mind, and your body. If you hike along the King’s Trail in northernmost Swedish Lapland, you’ll see some of the most beautiful things Sweden has to offer. But good people, remember to be safe. You are, after all, in the Arctic.

A story about Kebnekaise in her spring colours

My relationship with Kebnekaise was established long before I saw her in real life. I'm a bit uncertain as to whether it's right to assign a gender to a mountain or not. But the Kebnekaise I first got to know was a woman, that’s for sure.

The Northern Lights made Chad choose Abisko

A little over five years ago, photographer Chad Blakley and his wife moved to Abisko National Park to take on seasonal summer jobs, but quickly fell in love with the breath-taking landscape and warm people of Swedish Lapland.

Particles in Magic Mambo

It is virtually impossible to correctly describe the sensation of the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis. The magnificence of the oscillating lights in varying shapes and forms dancing across the sky is best experienced first-hand.