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Abisko Nationalpark Travel Guide: 64 reviews and 139 photos

I have wanted to go to Abisko for years and years, but I had thought my first visit would be in summer, enjoying the midnight sun. As it happens, the famous fell station decided to open for Christmas and New Year 2004 for the first time ever, and as the pioneer I am, I convinced my husband (not hard since he has always been pining for the Arctic) that we should experience complete midwinter, when the sun never rises above the horizon, which is mid December to the first days of January. We combined this trip with a visit to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjaervi and had some good weather there, but once in Abisko, the ever changing fell weather (rather than the midwinter light as you can see from the Ice Hotel pictures on that page) let us down which is why the pictures are very dark. Having said that, it wasn't a letdown in any other way, as the New Years celebrations themselves were great, with a bunch of unknown but friendly people AND a bit of northern light in between clouds, and we got to experience an Arctic snow storm down by the 70 kilometre long Lake Torne :))) Great stuff and we hope to make it a tradition to visit Putte and Nicki at the fell station if they do this again.

Abisko has been a national park for a long time and is getting increasingly popular. It is not as big as the ones in Laponia further south, but has enough rare plants in summer to make Attenborough impressed and call it one of the two natural wonders of Europe! In winter, it is a bit warmer than inland places like Kiruna, due to its proximity to Norway with the Gulf stream. However, this also means that you get to see some good northern lights regularly as the clouds often dissolve over Norway and give Abisko clearer skies. It is also the starting point of the famous Kungsleden hiking trail, snailing its way south for more than 400 kilometres through the fells. If you want to see pictures of it in summer with the characteristic fell birch in bloom, have a look at dave_21's and other pages.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:scenic, easy to reach, cloud gaps give northern lights
  • Cons:a bit too little snow sometimes as close to the Gulf stream in Norway, touristy in summer
  • In a nutshell:A very special place
  • Last visit to Abisko Nationalpark: Jan 2005
  • Intro Written Jan 5, 2005
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  • storyin's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2007 at 6:09 AM

    NICE INFO!!...wish to be there soon...

  • mickybleck's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2006 at 4:28 AM

    Wow, incredible to see Abisko in winter. I was there in sumer 1998 with uni-excursion and liked it a lot (except the million moskitos)

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2006 at 2:42 PM

    Abisko looks like a lovely place, especially Lake Torne. Great page, looks like you had a lot of fun there!

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2006 at 12:09 PM

    Thanks for the excellent information and insights! Mark

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