- Reviews: 4780
Tent spot close to the Kebnekaise Mountain Range: At the bridge over the Laddjujohka
Of course you can always stay at the Mountain Station at Kebnekaise. You can either camp here or rent a room. At the Kebnekaise Mountain Station you can find all you can wish for: a shop, groceries, restaurant, have a coffee on the terrace, sauna, rent hiking gear and even log on to the internet. But all this of course comes with a price, as you certainly won't be alone here! Kebnekaise Mountain Station has a capacity of 190 beds + campground; which is a bit too much for my liking.
If you want to have a bit more peace and quiet and you have a tent with you, there are plenty of options to put up your tent between the boat landing and Kebnekaise. We opted to stay at the bridge over the river Laddjujohka, which is approx. 2 kilometres from the Kebnekaise Mountain Station and at the crossing of the hiking trails to Kebnekaise and Tarfula. On the plus side of this spot are the nice views towards the Kebnekaise Mountain Range, lots of space to put up your tent and amazingly, there are even toilets available at this spot (a great advantage when it rains at night, which it obviously did that day). The disadvantage is that the river is rather far below, so getting water is a bit of a hassle. It is a nice place to camp, although not the most picturesque you can imagine in the Fjällen (where there are so many amazingly beautiful places to put up your tent).
When hiking from Nikkaluokta to Kebnekaise you will find quite a few okay places to put up your tent from approx. 3-4 km's before getting to Kebnekaise onward (if you get too close to the Kebnekaise Mountain Station you are considered camping on their site and you'll have to pay their daily fee). The disadvantage on many of the suitable camping spots however is that the river is rather far below, so it is a bit of a bother to reach. If you are heading in the direction to Tarfala I can strongly recommend following this trail for approximately 1 - 2 kilometres where you can find some really nice spots along the bank of the river (see for more details on my Tarfala page).
- Reviews: 4603
This Hotell Fjallet located in one beautiful area in the mountains. I did not stay over night here, but it was nice to see it and have a coffee break here.
- Reviews: 4603
There are few Scandic hotels around here, the one in Kiruna, the Scandic Ferrum is probably the most north one. It is located at the city centre and has the standards quality and services of the Scandic hotels around Scandinavia
Check the site to find other hotels around here.
- Reviews: 4780
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.
- Reviews: 4780
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 (see general tips). 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
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