Abisko National Park

Lapland

Most often people think of Finland when they hear the word Lapland.
However, Lapland is also the northernmost region of Sweden.
Lapland is located above the polar circle which means that during the winter, it gets very cold and the sun rarely sees the days.
During the summertime, you can experience the phenomenal called Midnight Sun where the sun basically never leaves the sky.
Lapland is also home to the Sami people, who prefer to call it by the name in their own language, Sápmi.
I went on a road trip during the autumn of 2020 and drove from Copenhagen towards the very north of Scandinavia. Scandinavia may not seem very big, but don’t underestimate that the drive from Copenhagen-Lapland is the same as driving from Copenhagen to Barcelona. Sweden is a huge country!
Along the way, I had several stops along the coast with lots of great destinations for hiking, city life, and getting closer to the Swedish lifestyle.
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Some facts about Abisko National Park:

  1. For thousands of years, the Sami people have lived in this region.
  2. The national park was established in 1909 and is one of the first national parks in all of Sweden.
  3. At the. beginning of 1900 a railway was established from Kiruna to the ocean harbor in Narvik to transport Iron Ore from the mines in Kiruna.
  4. Abisko is one of the best places to spot the Northern Light in all of Europe
  5. You can find bears, wolfs and lynxes in the national Park

Abisko National Park

Abisko National Park is located in the very northern part of Sweden, only 30km to the Norwegian border.
The national park is huge and you can take lots of different hiking trails. During my stay at the national park, I saw all types of people of all ages enjoying their time in the wilderness.
One of the most remarkable places to visit was for me the Abiskoeatnu canyon, which is accessible directly from STF Abisko Turiststation, which I mention below as a recommended accommodations.
There are several shelters located at the national park, which is run by the Swedish Tourist organizations. The shelters make it possible to take longer walks for several days around the national park.

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Kungsleden

Kungsleden is one of the most famous hiking trails in Sweden, and it’s located at the national park of Abisko. It’s more than 400 km long and starts in Hemavan in the south and end up in Abisko in the very north of Sweden. Along the way, you enter, Stora Sjöfallet, Sarek, and Pieljekaise and Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, which is one of the largest protected areas in all of Europe.

Northern Light at Abisko

Northern Light is a mindblowing phenomenon that should be on everybody’s bucket list of must-see places during a lifetime.
From September to March it possible to spot the Northern Light in Abisko.
Apparently the location of the Abisko National Park is superb for watching the Northern Light. The unique climate around the mountains keeps the skies almost clear, and there is close to no light pollution at all at Abisko, which makes the conditions outstanding for watching the Northern Light.
There is an Aurora Sky Station located at Abisko which should be the perfect spot for watching the dancing light across the sky.

STF Abisko Turiststation

Located inside of the beautiful national park Abisko you’ll find STF Abisko Turiststation. This places has existed for more than 100 years!

Transportation to Abisko

There are several ways of reaching the northernmost national park in Sweden and Abisko.
There has been established an electric train to run on a daily basis from Stockholm to Narvik, and this train ride should be absolutely stunning!
Almost same route as the train track you’ll find the E4 highway that goes up through the west coast of Sweden and changes to the E10 highway, that connects Kiruna and Narvik.

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