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Enjoy a relaxing winter getaway on this Northern Lights short break. The village of Abisko is nestled deep in Sweden’s arctic circle. It enjoys its own micro-climate and in turn has some of the clearest skies in Sweden; the perfect place to increase your chances of seeing the elusive Aurora Borealis.
Stay 4 nights in Abisko and spend an evening at the Aurora Sky Station, located 900m a.s.l. Enjoy a gourmet 4-course meal here before setting off on a guided tour around the station, keeping your eyes peeled for the magical lights show. Take part in a number of optional activities; guided snow-shoe treks, husky sledding or even ice-climbing. There are also easy, waymarked snow-shoe and cross-country skiing trails around the national park, which can be followed without a guide. Or simply relax in your cosy chalet and soak up the peaceful wintry atmosphere of this unique wilderness.
Kiruna is the closest airport to Abisko and is accessible via Stockholm. From Kiruna, it is just a short train or bus ride to Abisko (approx 1.5hrs)
Abisko has just 85 permanent residents but it is often buzzing with visitors from all over the world, regardless of the time of year. It is also home to the Abisko Scientific Research Station, an important centre for study into Arctic ecology and climate change.
Check into your private chalet and settle in. Familiarise yourself with the village and perhaps take a stroll around the lake before heading to dinner at the on-site restaurant.
Dinner & Overnight: Abisko Mountain Station
Linger over a leisurely buffet breakfast this morning. You may wish to take it easy today and save your energy for this evening’s trip.
Take a gentle stroll around the village, or hire snow-shoes for some easy trails through fairy-tale forests blanketed in pristine snow. Warm up and relax in the mountain station sauna before getting ready for your excursion to the Sky Station. Take a chairlift to the station located at 900m above sea-level where a locally- sourced gourmet meal awaits. Your guide will explain the science behind the Northern Lights, while you tour the station, always keeping an eye out for them. After the tour, you will have some time to explore the station and mountain at your own leisure before returning to the mountain station by chairlift.
Included Activity: Gourmet Dinner and tour of the Aurora Sky Station
Overnight: Abisko Mountain Station
Why not sign up for one of the many guided excursions on offer. Join a cross-country ski trip, exploring the national park in the company of a knowledgeable local guide. Follow animal tracks through dense forests, stopping for a typical Swedish ’fika’ (a coffee break also involving cakes or pastries!), before heading back.
Alternatively, spend the day at your leisure, saving energy for a long night of Northern Light searching.
Dinner & Overnight: Mountain Station, Abisko
Another day of choices. The most popular excursion in the area by far is a husky-sledding experience, and it’s easy to see why! Spending a couple of hours in the company of huskies in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience. Whizz through forest and vast open land gliding over pristine white snow, learning the techniques behind a successful mush from your guide.
Spend the evening relaxing in the sauna, before enjoying one final dinner and night of Aurora spotting around the mountain station.
Dinner & Overnight: Abisko Mountain Station
Time to bid ‘adjö’ to Swedish Lapland! After enjoying breakfast, check out of your chalet and make your way to your onward travel arrangements.
4 nights accommodation in the Abisko Mountain Station is included in your trip. The Abisko Mountain Station has welcomed visitors for more than 100 years in its wonderful location 200km north of the Arctic Circle. Facilities include a sauna, shop where you can stock up on snacks, and a restaurant. You will be booked into a private chalet which consists of two floors; bedrooms can be found on the top floor and an open-plan living and fully equipped kitchen can be found on the ground floor. The chalets are cleaned and serviced daily. They have views to Lake Torneträsk and/or the Abisko mountain range. They are a real home away from home and make the perfect base for exploring the area.
This trip is not available to solo walkers, and single rooms are not available.
4 dinners, 4 breakfasts and 3 lunches are included in the cost of your trip. Food at the mountain and sky stations is made of locally sourced ingredients. So you can be sure that everything is deliciously fresh and authentic. Nordic cuisine is experiencing a well-deserved revival, with an emphasis on using local, natural and seasonal produce and mixing the traditional with the modern.
Breakfast is a buffet and with plenty on offer, choose from various kinds of bread, cheese, salami, ham, porridge, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea etc.
An example of typical lunch dishes includes; moose Bolognese, gnocchi, vegetarian Bolognese, and vegetable soup.
One gourmet 4-course dinner is included at the Aurora Sky Station. This is a truly unique experience. Enjoy a luxurious meal lovingly made from locally sourced ingredients.Typical dishes include; dill and lemon cured arctic charm, creamy mushroom soup with pickled chanterelles, topside of moose served with butter potato purée, sautéed carrot, black kale and seas buckthorn sauce.
3 dinners are included at the mountain station. These will be 3 courses and an example of typical dishes includes; smoked reindeer stew, braised ox cheek, soups, sweet potato gratin, local vegetables and pickled local berries such as cloudberries, blackberries and lingonberries. Desserts includes items like ice –cream, cloudberry parfait, blackcurrant meringue, brownies and cakes.
Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can of course be catered for, please let us know at the time of booking
This trip is available to start on any day of the week between the beginning of December and the end of March.
We have graded this trip ‘easy’ all activities are optional. Most of the optional activities on offer are easy-going and all suitable for beginners (be it snow-shoeing, cross-country walking or husky sledding). More strenuous activities like ice-climbing are also on offer for those looking for more of a challenge.
Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take on the trip. This includes warm and waterproof gear, hats and gloves and good walking boots/shoes. Special warm overalls are provided for the Sky Station excursion and are included in the price.
With the exception of husky-sledding, all activities can be booked and paid for locally. Husky sledding is by far the most popular activity in the area and there we recommend booking this in advance of your arrival to avoid disappointment. This can be done online through a company such as Arctic Peak. Prices for the activities range from approx. 230 SEK—775 SEK per person, and husky tours are more costly at approx. 1,500 SEK per person.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
By Air: Kiruna Airport is the closest airport to Abisko at the start of your walk. Flights are available via Stockholm (1h30).
By Rail: You can take the train or bus from Kiruna directly to Abisko Railway Station. The journey takes approx 1.5 hrs. See https://www.sj.se/en/home.html.We recommend you check the timetables and book your tickets in advance, as depending on the time of your flight into Stockholm, you may not always find a connecting train and will have to arrange a transfer from Kiruna Airport.
By Bus: An airport bus runs between Kiruna and Abisko. See http://www.ltnbd.se/ Again we recommend you check the timetables and book your tickets in advance.
Private Transfer: Private transfers can be arranged with VisitAbisko from Kiruna to Abisko. See http://www.visitabisko.com/location/how-to-get-here for information and to book tickets.
Abisko is a popular area in winter, so we recommend early booking to make sure you are not disappointed.
We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as very warm and waterproof layers. Special warm overalls are provided for the Sky Station excursion as it's much colder at 900m than in Abisko!
If you opt for any of the local guided activities, any special equipment required will be included in the excursion or the there will be a chance to rent the required equipment. If you want to snow-shoe or cross-country ski without a guide, you can hire equipment locally.