See the northern lights (aurora borealis) in September/October

One of the truly wonderful things about Abisko (Swedish Lapland) is that the northern lights – aurora borealis – are visible most of the year. Good weather conditions mean that if the sky is dark, they are there to be seen.

This means that September and October are really great months to see the northern lights and make the most of Abisko National Park without snow and cold temperatures. You can explore by yourself or book a tour with us. We can go out hiking with you or take you chasing the aurora in our own minibuses, stopping often for photo-taking but not needing to walk much!

Northern lights in Abisko

What to do in Abisko in September/October

Abisko is one of the best places to see the northern lights in the world. To maximise your chances of seeing the aurora borealis, our local scientific research station recommends you stay three or four nights. So, what should you do during the day? Here are some ideas that suit the autumn weather:

Out in the National Park

– Berry-picking. In the first few weeks of September, pick fresh artic berries and a walk with us. We’ll find  blueberries, lingonberries or cloudberries on a three-hour tour with very easy walking. Our tour guide uses their experience and local knowledge to locate berries. We clean the berries we have picked together and see how many we eat before heading back! Our tour costs 695 SEK/person and can be booked here.

Picking berries in Abisko

– Hiking. The snow won’t have arrived yet so get yourself out into the National Park on foot and hike along the one of the rivers or streams, explore the flora and fauna and check out the birds that live here during the last of the summer months before they head south for the winter.

The Swedish tourist association has a great tour looking for wild plants and flowers (which are beautiful), that you can book online here.

Wild flowers in Abisko

– Fishing. Catch yourself some trout, pike or char among other fish in Lake Torenträsk and cook it for dinner in one of the Guesthouse kitchens.

Fishing in Lake Torneträsk, Abisko

Excursions further afield

– Take our tour to Narvik in Norway and experience a different – but equally stunning – landscape down to the Narvik fjord with the Lofoten mountains in the background.

Narvik tour from Abisko Guesthouse

Tips for lunch – You can cook your own food in the fully-equipped Guesthouse kitchens and, to stock up on food, the supermarket is just next door. – Björkliden is a ski-resort about 10 minutes drive away and they have a great lunchtime buffet that is really good value. It usually offers one meat main course and one vegan and they have been good each time we have tried them.

Whatever your appetite (for lunch and for adventure!) Abisko always has something to offer. Come and stay with us at the Guesthouse!

Map of Abisko from Abisko Guesthouse