Right next to the Turiststation is the Naturum, a sort of combination tourist information office / museum / Park Ranger Station. Here, you can get all sorts of interesting information on the area. In the front hall, they even have a list of things to do, broken down by "if you have 30 minutes," "if you have 1 hour," etc. Inside, there's a friendly...more
Not far from the Abisko Turiststation is the chairlift up Mount Nuolja. Used as a ski lift in winter, it has recently found summer use to transport tourists to the top. The chairlift takes quite a bit of time -- about 25 minutes or so -- but with the scenery all around, you won't mind. Prices have escalated significantly since we last visited. As...more
You can get some amazing scenery by wandering along the Abisko River. We had just arrived, so we wandered downriver towards the lake. There's a good path along the river, with several fine places to set up a picnic. There's a bridge a few hundred meters down that offers some great vantage points in both directions.more
If you don't feel like cooking and/or catching your meals, you're in luck. Abisko Turiststation has a restaurant open for all three meals. Breakfast costs SEK 90, Lunch (either at the restaurant or packed) costs SEK 80, and Dinner costs SEK 270 (or Kr 290 with no reservation). Obviously, to save maximum money, it makes sense to have a picnic...more
There are really only two ways to get to Abisko: by train or by car. Probably the easiest way is by train from Stockholm or Narvik. Veolia overnight trains run daily from Stockholm to Narvik, as well as an overnight train from Stockholm and Boden, with connections to Abisko and Narvik. There are also 1 or 2 local trains between Narvik and Kiruna....more
Within Abisko Turiststation is a small shop. You can get various groceries, drinks (sorry, only svagöl ("near-beer") and soft drinks), newspapers, and souvenirs. You can also rent various sporting equipment here.
What to buy: If you're trying to save money, consider purchasing food for dinner, as this is the most expensive meal in the restaurant by far. Consider also the souvenirs -- they're expensive, but you have to have SOME record of your stay... ;)
What to pay: Others have mentioned this shop is insanely overpriced, but I didn't find all that much more expensive than other shops in Sweden. Factor in the arctic location, and the prices were perfectly acceptable. I will grant that, since it was Midsommar, I was unable to comparison shop in Abisko town.
Hostel members take note: you can get a SEK 30 discount on T-shirts and other souvenirs if you show your membership card. You can also get discounts on equipment rental.
Midsummer is a Swedish holiday, typically celebrated the Friday and Saturday after the Summer Solstice. Much like New Year's, Midsummer Eve (Friday) is the big celebration, with the day set aside to recover from the previous evening's festivities.We had the good fortune of being in Abisko for this event. We were allowed to attend the traditional...more
This is the fell station sauna down by Lake Torne. For those of you worried about this Finnish tradition, so loved by Swedes too, there ARE separate times for men and women since most like it that way, but also a mixed session. This particular sauna has a spectacular setting overlooking the mountains and the lake but it is a kilometres walk from...more
When driving, check these poles on the road side to see where the roadside starts if there is a lot of snow. As for hiking, you must always have sensible clothes, even if the weather looks good when you set off. It can change in five minutes. This is especially valid wintertime of course, but don't think summer can't be awful too if you are stuck...more
If you are planning a trip to this region it is good to have your map before you travel here. A good website to buy your detailed maps of Sweden and the Fjällen area is:http://www.lantmateriet.se/I bought all my maps here. Not only for the Fjällen, but also for other regions and trips in Sweden. The map I used for this region is map BD6...more
Not far from the Abisko Turiststation is a display of traditional Sami architecture. Head down the path from the train station in the direction of Abisko town for about 500 meters (1/4 mile). Here, you can see typical Sami buildings with descriptions in Swedish and English. We enjoyed wandering around the site for about 10 minutes, until the...more
Anything to do with snow and ice in winter. Mount Nuolja's ski lift is open almost all year round for downhill skiing and Kungsleden and other trails take you cross country. There are also small hills here and there for tobogganing and the Abisko Canyon in later winter can have ice formations strong enough to climb. The fell station shop has skis...more
The most famous hiking trail in the country starts right here and dwindles its way down the length of the Swedish fells. You can walk for just a few kilometres and return, or you can set out on a proper trek, with or without your own tent. For those without, the STF has mountain huts here and there (see maps on their homepage when you plan) with...more
The Kungsleden is approximately 440 kilometres long and can be divided in several separate parts. (I've hiked parts of the Kungsleden and the underlined words are links to my pages about that particular part of the trail.) From Abisko to Saltoluokta * start at the Abisko-Turiststation (easy to reach by train) * Abiskojaure approx. 15 km * Alesjaure...more
I am talking a lot in these pages about "The Fjällen", but what is the Fjällen exactly? The Fjällen is the Swedish mountain area that borders Norway. It's a huge area in total, covering the western parts of North Sweden. It consists of the western part of the provinces of Lappland, Jämtland/Härjedalen and the western part of Dalarna.As you can see...more