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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.
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