Northern Lights Holidays to Abisko
Home to around 150 residents, Abisko is a small village with a picturesque mountainous backdrop in the far northerly reaches of Sweden, some 195km north of the Arctic Circle. Within the village itself, welcomed guests will find a small selection of accommodation options and shops on their doorstep, however, the main reason for travelling here is to appreciate and explore the stunning snow-topped wilderness of Abisko National Park which resides around 4km from the village.
One of the largest national parks in Swedish Lapland, its borders cover almost 80 square miles spreading northwards from the scenic shores of the vast Lake Torneträsk. From a distance, visitors will be able to look upon the steep-sided u-shaped valley which is known locally as Lapporten. Said to be the legendary 'gate to Lapland' this valley is visible from Abisko and is a wonderful sight to look upon.
Abisko National Park is home also to the 'Kungsleden' (The King's Trail) a well-known local hiking trail that covers 440km and takes in some of the beautiful natural highlights of the park. This is a route which dates back to the early 19thCentury when it was crafted to encourage a greater appreciation of the natural scenery of Swedish Lapland.Read more
Whilst the park is, of course, a popular hiking trail in the summer, in the winter it is still accessible and on our Aurora Zone trips you will have the opportunity to appreciate it via snowshoes, cross-country skis, snowmobile and husky sled. There is also the opportunity to delve deeper into the important history and culture of the region with visits to local Sámi reindeer herders, whose work remains of the utmost importance to this day across Lapland.
Of course, a real highlight of Abisko's northerly location and remote wilderness location is that it promises a great opportunity for a potential Northern Lights display. Abisko has a great reputation in Lapland for its sightings of the Aurora Borealis owing to its ideal position surrounded by mountains. These serve to expertly break up any cloud cover, ensuring a prevalence of clear night skies in the winter. Whilst sightings of the Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed, your chances here are almost always particularly high.