Why Include Abisko in Your Northern Lights Trip
Abisko in Swedish Lapland is a small town with a big reputation for Northern Lights. Trips to see the natural light shows are enhanced by the stunning landscape that encircles Abisko.
Situated 300 kilometres north of the Arctic circle and on the border with Norway, the town is flanked by mountains on one side and the impressive lake Tornetrask on the other.
At only an hour’s drive from Kiruna, the main airport hub, Abisko is the most convenient base for northern lights trips. This regional airport has a regular flight service to Stockholm, Sweden’s picturesque capital city.Spotting the Lights
We always recommend Abisko as the destination for travellers who want the highest chance of getting to see the Northern Lights on their holiday.
Abisko is in the northern auroral oval, where the solar winds are drawn to the magnetic poles.
The Gulf Stream brings fog to coastal Norway but this has cleared by the time it gets to Abisko, which is at altitude.
Uniquely, Abisko falls in a precipitation shadow. This is the result of the location and shape of the high mountains. Abisko has much less snow than the region as a whole and boasts the highest number of clear nights throughout the year.Best Abisko Accommodation
Abisko only has a few lodgings but Dick and Mina Johansson’s Abisko Mountain Lodge is hard to beat for true warmth of experience, excellent food and jovial atmosphere. In 2015 their 4 bed superior extensions will be available for use by our Aurora Nights’ clients, on an exclusive basis, who join one of our northern lights trips.Recommended Northern Lights Trips
Our Aurora Nights’ break includes many of the highlights that make an Abisko northern lights trip so memorable.
Get in touch and one of our experts will advise you on the best activities for you to experience in Abisko and the surrounding areas.
Northern lights trips are obviously about aurora hunting. In Abisko this takes on many forms but the most popular combination is a visit to the Aurora Sky Station with a ‘Lights over Lapland’ photo workshop and then perhaps a night time snow shoe walk in Abisko National Park. Aurora Sky Station
From this elevated position on Mt Nuolja in Abisko, we at Aurora Nights have seen many spectacular displays over the years and feel very privileged that we were the company to bring it to the UK market. We recommend to anyone contemplating a northern lights trip to spend an evening here either as ‘night visitor guest’ or for that special occasion to enjoy the gourmet dinner in the sky station too!
The Aurora sky station rests 300 metres up the side of and is accessed by a 20 minute chairlift ride.
DIY Aurora Photo Shoots
When you join one of our northern lights trips we can offer you something really special that you’ll cherish forever.
Aurora Nights has teamed up with the photographer Chad Blakely and his company, Lights over Lapland to offer guests a celebrated aurora photo evening in Abisko National Park.
Whether you are a professional or have never held a camera before this is a really fun evening event that we host as a must-do for any northern light trip. Everything is supplied so all you need to do is to point the camera at the northern lights and walk away with some very special memories!Daylight Activities for Your Northern Lights Trip
Daytime activities that enrich our northern lights trips to Abisko are husky and snowmobile adventures in Abisko National Park, ice fishing on Lake Tornetrask and ice climbing in Abisko.
Alternatively we highly recommend joining us with our Lights over Lapland partners for a spectacular day tour down to Narvik in the Norwegian Fjords. Not only is the scenery simply breath-taking but the whole area has a fascinating history dating back to the early parts of WW2. Holiday Combinations for Northern Lights Trips
With our 10 years of offering northern lights trips to this region we have put together some excellent twin centre breaks. Our links with Kiruna and with our unique Máttaráhkká Northern Lights Lodge provide travellers with some popular bases for viewing the northern lights. Trips that are action-packed, with a new adventure for every day of your holiday in Swedish Lapland, can also be organised. We guarantee small, intimate groups of likeminded travellers.
Another popular holiday combination is to spend a couple of nights at the original ICEHOTEL, Sweden
and then move on to Abisko for some serious aurora hunting.
For the ultimate in holiday to Sweden why not look at our famed Lapland holidays
which can even include a stay at the eccentric Tree Hotel. If you want to stay longer and do more in Lapland then these longer trips, like the Coast to Coast Adventure, pack in all the highlights imaginable.
In short if you are looking for northern lights trips to one of the best locations on earth, known for consistent sightings of the lights, then Abisko in Swedish Lapland is hard to beat.
Give us a call and we’ll find you the perfect northern lights trip.