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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