There is a youth hostel in the park which is very popular. I think it is better to make reservation in advance if possible.
The Abisko Mountain Lodge located in the park not far from the visitor centre. It has nice rooms for 2-4 people, good kitchen and facilities, TV, restaurant and bar.
At this latitude, you're happy if you have a roof over your head. The Abisko Turiststation fits that bill nicely. The complex has a small store, a pub, a restaurant, hostel dorms, stand-alone cabins, and basic rooms with private facilities. No matter what type of accommodation you choose, it pays to be a Youth Hostel member (as we were). Non-members pay an extra SEK 100 per person per night. Also, it's an advantage if you bring your own sheets or sleeping bag (we didn't) -- sheet rental is a whopping SEK 150 per person per night. There's no room cleaning during your stay, but end-of-stay cleanup is included in the full-service rooms. The hostel is closed late September through mid-December, and open for limited service early January through mid-February and early May through early June.
- Self-contained hostel with rooms, dorms, and cabins
- Small shop, pub, and restaurant on premises
- Major credit cards accepted
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" 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.
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.
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 costs 60 SEK per night pp (8 USD/ 6,50 Euro).
The tent places 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.
One of STF's most famous fell stations, this has been here since 1902, when the start of fell walking in Sweden took off. Sadly, the lovely wooden houses burnt down in the 1940s and when it was rebuilt in the 50s, it was decided to build it in brick rather than the characteristic fell style. This has made locals call the station "the Dairy" today, but once you get used to it, you realise that the interior makes up for it with lots of charm in the form of fireplaces and a snug library with a fell view, not to mention the lake- and fell view from the panorama windows in the restaurant. The restaurant is by the way not bad even though the side salads are a bit too "wet". Although you might not get the most imaginative vegetarian food you've ever eaten, they DO cater even for veggies, which is nice in a fairly isolated place like this. They also made quite an effort at putting a nice veggie New Year dinner together, despite the head chef having hit two reindeer on the road just before Christmas and being on sick leave.
Service can be a bit erratic as far as timing goes but ALWAYS comes with a smile. The staff work on a live-in basis here and are quite young, but you can tell they enjoy a chance at working at the most famous fell station there is in the country, and they will always try to solve possible problems.
You can buy package stays here (some including meals) through www.stfturist.se or just individual nights as usual.
Great lake- and fell views in the middle of a national park. You can stay either in the main building in comfy double- or single rooms with showers, in which case you can go full board. Also available are bigger "dorm like" rooms in the annex, with corridor kitchens. Finally, you can rent a cottage for up to six people with good kitchen amenities. There is a shop with basic food, ski rental in winter and souvenirs etc. at the fell station, or a two kilometre walk to the village supermarket. Abisko is also great for children as there is lots of space both outdoors and indoors, and a playroom next to the pub area means you can all have nice evenings and make new friends!
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