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Campground at the Abisko Mountain lodge: Some pro's and con's of Abisko Campground


There are some clear pro's and con's to this campsite. For me the clear pro was being a bit away from the crowds. Most people seem to stay at the cottages and hotel at the Fjällstation (Mountain Lodge). The campground is located a few hundred metres from this area, giving it privacy and a peacefulness not to be found in the main hotel area. At the same time it is possible to use all the facilities to be found at the hotel as it is only a short walk away. You can use the "bastu" (sauna) for 50 SEK per person or do some shopping at the little shop. You can find something of everything in this little shop. The hotel has lots of organized daytrips, etc, etc. Something maybe for you to look into if you are not wanting to do a trip in the National Park on your own.

The clear disadvantage is that it can be very busy and loud at times at the campground. Abisko is the starting place for all tours into Abisko National Park and also a popular spot for starting to hike the famous Kungsleden (hiking trail through the Swedish Mountain Area). So if you are out of luck you might have to share the campground with a group, mostly resulting with much more noise at evening/night time. (It happened to me on one of the three nights that I stayed here). Most hikers that camp here are quiet though, going to sleep early in preparation of their next days hike, or just tired of coming back from a long hike.

A nice bonus to this campground is its place to have a campfire. In the middle of the campground there is a large spot with benches around it where you can have your campfire. On a chilly evening this is a nice place just to warm up and relax around the fire and maybe meet some other travellers to share your travel stories and your hiking experiences with.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, National/State Park, Hiking and Walking
  • Written July 27, 2005
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Campground at the Abisko Mountain lodge: Away from the crowds


Mysteriously enough, you won't find much info on the internet about this campground. I guess they want to promote their more expensive hotel and cottages first and not draw to much attention to this place. But it is really here! And it is rather good. I think this must be the cheapest alternative for staying in Abisko. One night will cost you 60 SEK per night per person (approx. 8 USD or 6,50 Euro).

The tent places themselves are the smallest ones you probably will find in Sweden --> they are really small! But good enough for a 2 or 3 persons size tent. With a bigger tent you might be in trouble finding a place to put up your tent. But the good news is that all places are surrounded by trees, giving you a bit of privacy and the feel to be out in nature.

At the beginning of the campground there is a little service house. It contains of a self-catering kitchen. It is not big, but it never seems really busy here, so it works really well. An absolute plus when you come back from your hiking trip in the Fjällen is that they have a shower here --> with warm water!!! Such luxury! :-)) You can also find flush toilets, wash basins, and electricity here.

Note 1: Don't forget to charge the batteries for your camera here. This is the last chance to do so before entering Abisko National Park. The cabins/cottages in the park and beyond the park don't have any electricity.

Note 2: Abisko is located inside Abisko National Park and that means that the "Right of Public Access" is not applicable. This means that you are not allowed to camp outside the designated camping areas. The campground here at Abisko is one of the two main campgrounds in the National Park. The other one is at Abiskojaure, on the other side of the National Park (15 kilometres hike from the entrance of the park). You can read about this campground in a later tip. More off the beaten path is a third option to camp. It is on the hiking trail (about halfway) between Abisko and Abiskojaure. There are no facilities here.

The views from the campground are wonderful! On the west side you can look up to the top of Mount Njulla and the surrounding landscape. You really will feel the urge to put on your hiking shoes and walk into the National Park.

On the north side you have views over Lake Torneträsk. This is a huge lake with a wonderful blue colour. On the other side of the lake the view will extend over more snow covered mountain tops. There is a little bench on the side of the campground that was my favourite spot. A beautiful place to sit, relax and enjoy the views.

Opening hours to the Mountain Lodge:
Approx, half June - end September
End December - beginning of January
End February - end April

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, Hiking and Walking, National/State Park
  • Written July 27, 2005
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Mountain Hut at Unna Allakas: Sheltering from the rain in cosy Allakas


After a difficult hike over a mountain pass in stormy weather we arrived at Unna Allakas. I was so happy to see this place! It meant warmth, relaxing and some nice food. But it was much more than only that.

Unna Allakas is only a small Mountain Hut and it is so cosy. There is only one log cabin containing three different sleeping areas with in total 18 beds. The cabin also contains a kitchen and dining tables. But it feels more like a living room than a kitchen. There is a stove in the room that always seems to burn as everyone tries to keep the fire going. This is the ideal spot to dry your clothes and warm your hands. And it really gives this cosy feeling to the place.

The supervisor / host (stugvärd in Swedish) of the Mountain Hut lives in a little cottage nearby, but drops in from time to time. He opens up his little shop if you need any supplies and always has time for you to give advice and trip or go through your trip planning. It doesn't really matter which time of day it is, he always seems to have time for you. Ossi had been at this Mountain Hut for 8 years now, during winter and summer season. The calmness he has over him is evident, and maybe characteristic for this area. The friendliness is also more than evident, but I'll write a bit more about that on my Unna Allakas page.

As it was raining outside we decided to stay at the Mountain Hut this time instead of putting up our own tent. We both liked it here; it just felt 'right'. It is hard to put that feeling into words. The wilderness surrounding the Mountain Hut (which is much more remote than the previous lodges we stayed at) was breathtaking in its own way. Just sitting here looking outside the window was so relaxing and wonderful. So we decided to make it a resting day the next day, enjoying the quietness and wilderness of this area one more day. And escaping the rain as well, hahaha, as it rained for a second day in a row. If I go back to this area, I think I would try to stay here again.


The Unique qualities of Unna Allakas..... mmmm, so difficult to describe. I can tell you what it doesn't have! Hahahaha, that is the easy part :-) There is no running water, flush toilets or electricity. The facilities are basic, basic, basic. But there is a little store! It has only a small selection of foods. But that feels like heaven when the 'food section' in your backpack starts to reduce quickly. Needless to say we bought some food here.

Unique is its cosiness, friendliness and the helpfulness of the stugvärd (the one that runs the mountain hut). Unique is also its surrounding landscape that is rough with lakes, rivers, rocks and reindeers in the vicinity. The feeling of being away from the 'busy world' outside. This is a totally different life, it's quiet, it's calm, a place to order your thoughts and your mind. A place to relax in a unique way that most people have forgotten about.

Hahaha, I feel like I am rambling on here, maybe you understand how I felt here. You probably will if you've been here. Unna Allakas is a place to remember. Not because of its highlights, but because of that 'special feeling' it has.

Staying at the Mountain Hut will cost you 190 SEK per person per night (about 24 USD or 20 Euro). Camping is of course also possible (60 SEK per person per day). Day service: Cost for using the kitchen but not staying overnight 40 SEK per person.

Opening times
Approx. beginning of July - half of September
Beginning of March - End of April

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written July 20, 2005
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Mountain Hut at Alesjaure: A warm welcome at Alesjaure


The warmest welcome I had was here, at the Mountain Hut at Alesjaure. We had a short hike to get here, so we arrived very early in the day (around 1:30 in the afternoon). Most hikers don't arrive before 4 o'clock in the afternoon, so it was rather quiet at the Mountain Hut. But the welcome of the staff was so nice and heart warming. I felt at home here right away!

Even if the shop was officially closed for lunch break, they opened it up for us, so we could do some food shopping. They offered to start up the sauna whenever we wanted (normal opening hours after 5 o'clock in the afternoon) and pointed out that camping just outside the Mountain Hut area would be for free! A perfect combination of having the luxury of the Hut in the area, but without paying the camping fee. So nice of them!

So that's what we did! We crossed the bridge over the river and set up our tent. A big and good lunch was prepared in the kitchen and we enjoyed a lazy afternoon.

Collecting water and using the toilets at the Mountain Hut is for free. If you want to use their kitchen you do have to pay a service fee of 40 SEK per person. The sauna costs 50 SEK per person. (more about that on my Alesjaure page). And the view you have from here is priceless!


Alesjaure is a rather big station along the hiking trail Kungsleden. In consists of four log cabins offering a total of 86 beds. It has its own little camp area, but most campers stay across the river, which is free of charge (See The Right of Public Access in my General Tips).

The kitchen is big with two cooking areas and several dining tables. It is located in one of the log cabins. Around the cabins there are many little benches from where you can enjoy the view. And those views are wonderful, so do sit down to enjoy them.

The shop is small, but rather big compared to other Mountain Huts, offering a bigger selection of foods --> so go shop! And enjoy all those things you've missed over the last few days, like chocolate and other goodies :-))

The Mountain Hut has a seperate sauna (50 SEK per peson) with bathing in the ice-cold river to cool off.... hahaha, if you dare doing that of course ;-)

Like all the Mountain Huts in the area, Alesjaure doesn't have electricity or running water. So be prepared and have all your batteries for your camera charged before you start on your trip. Fresh water is collected from the river. And there is no better tasting water than the water from the Fjällen! It's clean, it's clear and tastes delicious! :-)

Opening hours of the lodge:
Approx. half of June until half of September +
End February till the end of April.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, Hiking and Walking
  • Written July 20, 2005
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View from our tent at Alesjaure

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Camping at Radunjarga: What a wonderful spot!


From Abiskojaure we hiked towards Alesjaure. It is a hike of approx. 21 kilometres, but we didn't want to do it all in one go. So we decided to put up our tent beside lake Rádujávri. There are a few nice spots to camp along the hiking trail at Lake Rádujávri, but on the map we saw this little shelter beside the 'winter hiking trail', which is a bit closer to the lake than the 'summer trail'. Without hesitating we walked the short distance to the shelter to set up our tent here.

It is not allowed to stay overnight in the shelter, but you can take a rest here to make some lunch or dinner and camp close by. The shelter is never locked, so you can stop by here whenever you want. The shelter is very simple. It contains only of a few benches and a fireplace. Ours had the luxury of lots of firewood, so we could fire up the stove to cook our dinner and enjoy a nice cup of tea. So cosy to sit inside here enjoying the views while the wind was blowing and it was raining outside from time to time. The perfect spot! And the good thing is that it is for free as well! (See Allemansrätten in the General tips).

Beside the shelter is a little stream which is a good supply for fresh drinking water.

I just loved this little place in the valley, close the lake. The impressive nature surrounding us, the mountains, the lake, the view over the waterfall, the endless green valley and in the distance we could see the famous hiking trail "Kungsleden". All this nature and all to ourselves, and with the extra comfort of the shelter --> just perfect! :-))

A nice custom is to leave something behind that might be of use for future shelter-seekers. It can be just a little thing, but it can mean a lot for future visitors. Leave some matches, for example, or something like that. Our shelter contained of some paper to start the fire, playing cards, a kettle, some pans, and a few more fun and usefull items.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Camping
  • Written July 20, 2005
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STF Mountain hut Abiskojaure: Nothing fancy, but it is okay


I guess I found this the least attractive place to camp of all here in the Fjällen (Swedish Mountain Area). It is for most people the first stop on their hike into Abisko National Park and the area beyond it. Lots of hikers do the "Kungsleden" and stay here for the night. It is a mountain hut with possibility to camp here as well.

The main camping spot is rather small, just a grass field where you can set up your tent, sharing it with other campers that come here for the night. You can set up your tent anywhere around here though, just a question of finding the right spot to do so. As this is still the National Park, you can't make use of the "Right of Public Access" (see general tips) and have to use the campground to set up your tent. One night will cost you 60 SEK per night per person (approx. 8 USD or 6,50 Euro).

At the little cottage of the Mountain Hut supervisor / host there is a little shop were you can buy some supplies. The choice is limited though, no fresh vegetables, meat or anything of that sort. But it is great that you can buy some dried and canned foods, chocolate and / or something to drink. A service I was happy to use, and did so and both times I camped here. The Mountain Hut is not on a main road (the only way to get here is taking the hiking trail), so I guess getting in supplies isn't that easy. Prices are rather high, but that is logical on a place like this.

There is a little service house here which contains of a self-catering kitchen and some dining tables. Mind though that there is no electricity or running water! It makes things complicated, but it all works well. The Mountain Hut is located next to a stream and river, which provides for your fresh water. Buckets are available in the kitchen to collect your fresh water from the lake and there is a separate area to dispose of your waste water. At first it might seem complicated, but you get used to it rather quickly.


You are in the middle of the mountain area and wilderness. The keyword here is 'basic' and that applies to everything here. From cooking to shopping to going to the toilet. You better get used to it..... you are in the middle of nature, a long way away from the civilized world :-))

The most memorable thing to me was realizing this for the first time and adjusting to it. Upstream is where you collect your fresh drinking water. A bit further down stream is the washing area. Washing yourself on the side of a lake with freezing cold water is quite a 'different' experience, LOL.

Opening hours of the lodge:
Approx. half of June until half of September +
End February till the end of April.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Camping, National/State Park, Hiking and Walking
  • Written July 19, 2005
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