We set off from the Guesthouse at 10am in our own minibuses north west to Tornehamn, a small settlement 17km from Abisko towards the Norwegian border. It sits on the shore of Lake Torenträsk and is home to the Railway Navvy Graveyard, the final resting place of workers that built the Malmbana railway line in the late 1800s.
A small, well-kept and beautiful chapel is also here, though it is much more modern. It was built in 1987 by local craftsmen. The christenings and weddings record book and tin candlesticks were gifts from the railways company SJ. The key to the chapel hangs on the door, so you can look around inside.
We walk through the beautiful birch trees, scattered with Blue Sowthistle and Globeflower, which then open out into an area full of plant life. Here we’ll find the local variety of rhododendron, Lapland Rosebay, orchids and rock speedwell. There is plenty of time to stop, smell the flowers and take photographs, as well as appreciate the view.
This hiking tour is available most days in the summer. Lunch is not included so bring food with you. The hike takes 3-4 hours and starts at 10:00. Clothing should be suitable for being out in the weather and some walking. Total walking distance is around 4km so this is a very easy walk and suitable for everyone.
Minimum 4 people
Find out more and book the Flower walk along the historical trail in Tornehamn
Experience the spectacular view of Abisko National Park on one side and Lake Torneträsk on the other from 900 meters up. In 20 mins, the chair lift takes you to Aurora Sky Station, where you can eat lunch and snacks and enjoy the view. Our guide joins you.
Up here, far above the Arctic Circle, experience the special light at midnight. During this period, the chair lift is open at night, so you can be at the very best place to see when the sun touches down to the horizon and then starts rising again. It does not get dark but the sky and landscape change into an evening glow.
Mount Nuolja is a fabulous place to experience the beautiful summer days and glowing light of the sun at midnight.
Duration 4-5 hours. This tour is available on specific days/nights throughout the summer. Please check out booking area for exact dates and times available.
Price (includes transfer from the Guesthouse and the chairlift ticket):
Daytime 850 SEK/person
Evening 980 SEK/person
The chair lift tickets are provided by the Swedish Tourist Association (STF).
Click here for their information.
If the chair list is not operating, we will offer you an alternative excursion or refund.
Find out more and book the Mount Nuolja chair lift tour here.
Search the night sky for the northern lights from the comfort of our minibuses. We take you to the best spots to experience and photograph the aurora.
We have several good locations in the local area and where we go depends on the weather conditions. 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!
This trip requires very little from the guests and is suitable for anyone.
During the trip we serve some hot drinks.
Transport, warm drinks. We can provide outdoor clothing, free for Abisko Guesthouse guests.
Bring with you:
Warm enough clothes so you can get out to take photos.
Duration 2-3 hours.
We start the tour between 18:00-20:00, depending on the time of year and weather conditions that day (earlier in the season, it needs to be later so that it is dark. In December, we can start as early as 18:00). Ask at reception for the starting time.
Join our guides for lunch with beautiful and dramatic views as we go by snowmobile or minibus up into the wilderness.
Depending on the season we either take the snowmobile sleds or our own minibuses to the best location for the weather conditions and the views.
You can explore while we light the fire and prepare the lunch.
The guides will cook moose burgers, hamburgers and veggie burger for you to eat while you enjoy the spectacular views. Local warm soft drinks are included.
After lunch we head back to the Guesthouse.
Food and drink, transport to the location. Extra outdoor clothing can be provided - free for Guesthouse guests.
Bring with you
Suitable clothes for being outside - especially warm enough to sit and eat.
Tour lasts around 2-3 hours
Minimum 4 people
Price: 690 SEK/person
Take the train to and from Abisko, stopping up to 12 times with the flexible three-day ticket, Arctic Circle Pass. The pass costs just 364 kr and you can hop-on and hop-off as you like between Kiruna and Narvik. The service is operated by SJ twice a day in each direction. Buy your pass at an SJ Resebutik ticket office or by contacting SJ on +46 771-75 75 75.
Stops: Kiruna, Abisko Östra, Abisko Turiststation, Björkliden, Låktatjåkka, Vassijaure, Katterjåkk, Riksgränsen, Bjørnfjell, Søsterbekk, Katterat, Narvik.
Björkliden is a popular destination to hike up to Låktatjåkko fjällstation, Sweden’s highest mountain lodge. The train crosses the border at Riksgränsen station and you can choose to remain on board all the way to the Norwegian city of Narvik.
Click here for more information.
Tour Abisko National Park in a sled pulled by our amazing huskies.
Join some of the most well-trained sled dogs in the world on a dog-sledding safari with us in Abisko. We sit on a large, comfortable sled and our guides drive, along with 10-12 Alaskan Huskies in front of us. We head out over areas Abisko National Park that aren't easy to access without the dogs and take in the spectacular scenery around us.
Once we are moving, the dogs concentrate on where they are going so the only sound is the sled sliding quietly across the snow, making it a very peaceful tour.
We stop to take photos and to pet and chatter to the dogs.
Warm clothes from the Guesthouse
Bring with you:
Warm clothes to have underneath
Duration about 2 hours
Tour time is either 10:00; 13.30 or 18:00 (18:00 December/January - the sun has set so the stars and aurora (hopefully) keep us company.)
If you are group of 6-8 people and would like to have tour on a Wednesday, please send your request to email@example.com
Price: 1550 SEK/person
It is an amazing experience to see and photograph these Nordic giants!
We take a journey around the area, visiting various locations where we are most likely to see moose.
Bring with you:
Day time only.
Duration of the trip is about 2-4 hours.
Tour starts around 9:00 from the Guesthouse.
Minimum 3 people.
The aurora snowshoe walk takes you away from the light of Abisko and through the forest at night, which is a very special experience. We use the old way of hiking in the snow, with snowshoes on. We see the northern lights when they are visible and usually local wildlife out at night too.
We often had towards Nabben and stop at good places to see the northern lights. We might even go down onto the lake.
During the walk, our guides will serve some hot drinks to help us stay warm.
The walk is relatively easy so most people can do it. Contact us if you would like a tougher hike and a challenge!
Snowshoes and hot drinks
Bring with you:
We start the walk between 18:00-20:00, depending on the time of year and weather conditions that day. In December, we can start as early as 18:00, as long as there is snow to walk on. Ask at reception for the starting time.
Duration 2 hours
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.
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