It is said that you must to see Aurora at least once in your lifetime and, by snowmobile, it is a truly memorable experience!
Join our guides as we drive snowmobiles under the moonlight through Abisko National Park while you look to the skies for the northern lights.We stop as soon as we see it and always have plenty of time for taking photos. Our guides can help you get a good shot, even on a mobile phone! We go as a group.
We stop half way for something warm to drink and to throw a few snowballs.
Along the journey, there is a good chance that we will see reindeer, moose and ptarmigan birds. If the conditions allow it, we can stop at a river or ice cave and see if we can drink some of the water, even in the middle of winter.
Option 1: Aurora snowmobile trip - sitting in the sled
Our guides drive snowmobiles while you look around you and for the northern lights from the comfort of the sleds.
Option 2: Aurora snowmobile trip - 2 people driving the snowmobile
You share one snowmobile with another guest. The tour runs with a minimum of 2 people. Price is per person.
Option 3: Aurora snowmobile trip - you drive a snowmobile, in a group
You drive one of our snowmobiles under the moonlight through Abisko and the mountains while you look to the skies for the northern lights. The tour runs with a minimum of 2 people. Price is per person.
Snowmobiles and sleds, warm drinks and small snacks. We can provide outdoor clothing, free for Abisko Guesthouse guests.
Bring with you:
Really warm clothes
Duration around 3 hours. Tour start time is usually between 18:00 and 20:00 but can change depending on the time of year and weather conditions that day. Please check with the reception on arrival.
995 SEK/person sitting in the sled
1200 SEK/person sharing the driving of a snowmobile with another guest
1700 SEK/person driving a snowmobile yourself, within a group
How much do you love snowmobiling? Hur mycket älskar du snöskoter? Hvor mye liker du snøscooterkjøring? Kuinka paljon rakastat moottorikelkkailua?
Abisko National Park is one of Sweden's wonderful national parks and was established in 1909. As part of the land that was traditionally used by the indigenous Sami people, it now plays an important part in international space and polar research. It holds keys to our past as well as our future. Much of the land is untouched by modern development and perfect for exploring.
One of the great things about Abisko National park is that it’s not just for the hiking enthusiast. There are indoor activities and transportation, shops and restaurants guarantee that there’s something for everyone, no matter what age, interest or level of energy. While some of the longer trails might require some planning ahead, many activities are available at the spur of the moment. Make the most of your trip by booking activities beforehand.
What is Naturum? It is simply the main place to go whether you’re interested in hard facts or a basic guide to nature in Lapland. They are all about plants, geology, climate and history. You’ll find Naturum – the nature centre - housed within Abisko National Park and there they offer exhibits and lectures. If you’re interested, you can also get one of their guides to take you through a tour of nature. No question is too hard for the people at Naturum.
Midnight sun and the northern lights
It is said that no place else on earth gives you a better chance of seeing the midnight sun and the northern lights. While the northern lights are visible all through winter, in order to catch the midnight sun you better be there between mid-May to end-July. It is even more spectacular to see from the top of Mount Nuolja. From the end of August until mid-April, the astounding green dance of the northern lights is truly a must-see.
The research station
Abisko Scientific Research Station is dedicated to observing, monitoring and experimenting with all things terrestrial. Lately, their research has especially been focused on ecological issues. The ongoing climate change that affects us all is probably the most visible in the more northern parts of the world. This has made Abisko Scientific Research Station a natural place for groundbreaking study of the climate. Even if you aren’t knee deep in science, you simply can’t avoid the enthusiasm they bring to the table.
Don’t forget the hiking
Yes, it’s in a way unavoidable. Sometimes you must hike. Much of the beauty of northern Sweden lies in the nature and some parts are only accessible by foot. Other than up on the amazing mount Mount Nuolja, there are marked trails with varying hiking difficulty. If you’re up to it, you can go on your own but there are also skilled guides available. The advantage of a guided tour is that you’ll be able to put much of what you experience into a greater context. Don’t miss a unique opportunity to truly feel both nature and history come together in your own personal experience. For more details of one of the hike trails, click here.
Here it is, photographed by a drone in February 2018! To the right is the magical frozen Lake Torneträsk. You can see the road winding through. The biggest building is the railway station (though the building isn't used for that any longer). The Guesthouse is the yellow building in front and slightly to the left of the railway station. The mountain in the centre is Mount Nuolja and Abisko National Park is what you can see behind the village.
Isn't it beautiful?!
There is something special about the night sky in Abisko and, when the sun comes up, the spectacular landscape in Abisko National Park. From the reflection of the aurora in Lake Torneträsk to the mountains that surround it, the eagles that soar in the sky to the reindeer that roam the hillsides, there is a huge amount to photograph here.
Book your own flights/train and accommodation with us here and then join us for:
Friday 16th March
10.50am-12.25pm Fly up (flight tickets not included) or meet us in Kiruna/Abisko by train/car. SUGGESTED FLIGHT FROM STOCKHOLM: NOR 10:50 – 12:25 Fri 16 Mar Stockholm (ARN) – Kiruna (KRN)
1pm – 2pm Transfer from Kiruna airport
4pm – 5.30pm Introduction to photo taking, a short introduction about camera techniques and photography tips for aurora picture-taking
7-11pm Sami-style smoked reindeer BBQ and then aurora chasing by bus/snowmobiles using our own camera/phone.
Saturday 17th March
10am – 12noon Daytime 2-hour hiking photo tour
12noon – 8pm Free time to explore, walk on the lake or option to book snowmobiles, dog-sledding, snowshoe walking etc. (at extra cost).
5-6pm Sauna available
8-11pm Aurora photo workshop. We provide a camera and tripod but you should bring a memory card with you to take your photos home on. If you don’t have your own memory card, you can buy one from us.
Sunday 18th March
9-11am Moose spotting by car OR 2-hour hiking photo tour
12pm-1pm Transfer to Kiruna airport
2pm Fly home (flight tickets not included). SUGGESTED FLIGHT TO STOCKHOLM: NOR 14:45 – 16:20 Sun 18 Mar Kiruna (KRN) – Stockholm (ARN)
The workshop costs 3500 kr per person and includes everything listed above, excluding flights and accommodation. Please book your own accommodation here: www.abiskoguesthouse.com/booking/ There are various options but, as a guide, for one person the rooms are 2780 kr or 3180 kr, a one-bed apartment is 4180 kr for the two nights. All rooms have a double bed and a single bunk so can be shared. Please arrange sharing before you book.
The Guesthouse is self-catering so take food with you or buy it at the nice supermarket next door, though we’ll have a very tasty BBQ on Friday evening. Outdoor clothing is essential – wrap up warmly! We have warm overalls and boots to lend if you need them.
Please book the photo workshop here: www.abiskoguesthouse.com/activities and ask any questions via email here: email@example.com
Hope you can come!
Three amazing photos from Conny H: www.facebook.com/PhotoLoftCH/
Experience the fantastic feeling of standing on the glacial lakes (yes, on one!) and try to catch your dinner.
Our ice fishing tour starts at the Guesthouse reception where your guide will meet you. They’ll start by providing any extra clothing to make sure you stay warm and dry (free for Guesthouse guests).
Once we are ready, we’ll head out to the lake on snowmobiles or by car (depending on the season and snow conditions). The guide will choose a location and, together, we’ll drill through the ice until we reach the water underneath in this deep, deep lake. All the equipment you’ll need is provided and with it, we hope to catch some of the delights of the lake, like the glorious red-bottomed Arctic Char.
You can take home anything you catch. Try poaching or baking it, just like salmon or trout and pop mayonnaise on it if cold or hollandaise sauce if hot.
While you wait for the fish to bite, you can enjoy the most spectacular view across the open, frozen lake and the mountains all around you, sparkling in the snow.
All the gear for fishing. Outdoor clothing if needed, free for Abisko Guesthouse guests.
Bring with you:
Warm clothes to sit around. Do not forget to bring your camera with you!
Start 10:00. From February it is also possible to book to start at 14:00.
Duration 2-3 hours
Price: 850 kr/person
Minimum 3 people
Click here for our ice fishing tour info
Celebrate Christmas eve, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year under the northern lights (aurora borealis) with us at Abisko Guesthouse.
On Christmas eve, we head to our tipi and have a buffet dinner and drinks. While we wait for the aurora to appear, Santa Claus will stop by for a chat! Spend the evening under the northern lights, welcoming Christmas in.
Throughout the evening there will be hot local drinks available and the option to buy beer, wine and some spirits. When we are finished we will head back to the Guesthouse.
Price: 995 SEK/person. Book here.
We see in the new year by partying through the night under the aurora! We head up to our tipi and start the night with a buffet dinner and drinks. Throughout the evening there will be hot local drinks available and the option to buy beer, wine and some spirits. Once we have eaten, we head outside for a great party and fireworks under the northern lights! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Lapland with us.
Price: 995 SEK/person. Book here.
Join us on 15th February 2018 to see in the Chinese New Year in the snow and under the northern lights! We will barbecue local and Chinese food. Once have finished eating, our guides will drive us all up to a great place to party, where we will see in the new year with fireworks. Spend Chinese New Year under the aurora!
Price: 995 SEK/person. Book here.
Celebrate under in the northern lights in magical winter Lapland.
The constantly changing scenery along the Njakajaure hiking trail in beautiful Abisko will stimulate your senses. You pass through the birch forests and beside streams with a wide range of flowers and a diversity of birds that can be spotted along your way.
The 10km round hike from Abisko Guesthouse takes you first alongside the spectacular Lake Torneträsk to the tourist station.
About 2 km up from the tourist station is the Marmorbrottet (marble quarry) – yellow-coloured dolomite rock that was mined briefly 100 years ago. Not only does this place offer wonderful views of the mountains all around, it also grows rock-loving plants.
Further along the trail, you will spot trenches left over from the Second World War.
The final part of the trail takes us past a small lake called Vuolip Njakajaure. Sit and rest at the fire pit here, where you can grill your own sausages or anything else tasty and ‘grill able’ or just enjoy some warmth of the fire. Look out for divers and ducks.
The path then loops back down to the road by the tourist station and you can potter back to the Guesthouse alongside the lake.
For more information and a map, talk to us at the Guesthouse Reception.
The mornings are free for you to explore the area and book any other of the activities-of-a-lifetime we have. You’ll go home with some truly amazing shots and a better understanding of how to take even more.
– BEGINNERS Fri 20th Oct – Sun 22nd Oct 2017 and Fri 17th Nov – Sun 19th Nov 2017
3pm afternoon photo workshops.
Fri – the basics: a quick guide to working your camera and how to compose a great photo.
Sat – camera settings, using the flash and additional light in the dark (inside and outside).
Sun – getting the best shots out in bad lighting, landscape and nature.
7pm every evening aurora photo workshop. We start by heading on out to our photo location, a different location each evening. We have something warm to drink and a short introduction about camera techniques and photography tips for aurora picture-taking. Don’t worry if you have never used camera before, our professional photographers will quickly teach you the skills for taking picture of the magical aurora borealis. Those memories and photos will last a lifetime. We provide a camera and tripod but you should bring a memory card with you to take your photos home on. If you don’t have your own memory card, you can buy one from us.
– INTERMEDIATE Fri 20th Oct – Sun 22nd Oct 2017 and Fri 17th Nov – Sun 19th Nov 2017
3pm afternoon photo workshops.
Fri – camera settings, lenses, filters (UV/polar/gradient filters), nature photography – finding the right location, angle.
Sat – editing – how to export for online, print etc., composition of different images, light and direction of light including portraits, improving pictures in lighting conditions.
Sun – different environmental surroundings, how to work out how to take a photo in various situations.
7pm every evening aurora photo workshop. We start by heading on out to our photo location, a different location each evening. We have something warm to drink and a short discussion about the specific camera techniques for aurora picture-taking, then we work with what nature gives us!
– LADIES-ONLY Fri 10th Nov – Sun 12th Nov 2017
By request, we are very pleased to be able to run five days of workshops for ladies. These workshops will combine the basics of great photography with a lot of fun. They are perfect if you want to book by yourself or with a group of friends. Two levels are available – beginners and intermediate – so you can ask for help with absolutely anything. Please book the level that you need.
If you are travelling on your own and would like to go out hiking/exploring, please feel free to let the Guesthouse reception know where you are going and your expected return time. Please note that the instructors, hotel staff and other guests may well be male.
3-day and evening workshop packages cost:
3000kr for beginners.
5000kr for intermediate.
Place are limited to keep group sizes small but the weekends need a minimum of 4 people to run.
Book the workshop packages here in our activities section (and anything else you fancy doing while you are here).
Book your accommodation here.
Would you like to join us but can’t make October/November this year? Add your email address here and we’ll send you details of the 2018 workshops starting in January.
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