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Lapland : Abisko
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Abisko[1] is a tiny town in the Lapland region of northern Sweden. It's a popular outdoor destination due to its proximity with many great national parks, its trailhead on the spectacular Kungsleden hiking trail combined with its relatively convenient location on the malmbanan railway between Narvik in Norway and Luleå, which means it can be reached by a overnight train from Stockholm quite easily. Abisko village is around the train station "Abisko Östra" and the large and well equipped hostel/hotel "Abisko turiststation" at the train station of the same name, two kilometres further west.

Get in[edit]

In the summer Veolia[2] runs the Laplandståget service directly from Malmö/Stockholm and Gothenburg. It takes around 25 hours from Malmö and 13 hours from Stockholm. There are also daily trains from Luleå and Gällivare throughout the year. The nearest airport in Kiruna has flights to/from Stockholm Arlanda and Umeå by SAS and Stockholm Arlanda by Norwegian. From Kiruna, Abisko can be reached by train or by bus, the latter is run by "Länstrafiken Norbotten" [3].

Get around[edit]

There is a chair lift up Nuolja mountain operating in the summer from the tourist station.


The tourist camp organises various activities throughout the year, but the real attraction is hiking either on the Kungsleden or the many other trails, out in the spectacular wilderness of the national parks of the area. Winter offers cross country skiing and even some alpine skiing. There is a chair lift on Nuolja and two more alpine areas nearby at Björkliden and Riksgränsen.


There is a rather well equipped shop near Abisko Östra station, which is both stocked up with food and drinks, but also hiking/sporting equipment. The shop at the tourist station caters for hikers' daily needs and also carries a selection of outdoor equipment.


  • Tjuonavagge, Abisko Östra (Inside the tourist station). Serves up great organic food, buffet style, taking inspiration from the nature around it - raindeer meat with cloudberry jam anyone?  edit


The Storstugan pub inside the tourist station is the friendliest place in town, rather fortunate, since it's also the only place in town, to go for a drink.


There's a bed'n'breakfast in Abisko village, as well as some summer cottages. The tourist station has both Hostel, Hotel and Cottage accommodation available. It is run by STF, Svenska Turistföreningen; as accomodation is considerably cheaper for members it may be advisable to sign up for membership before booking. Membership is also available at the reception. There is also a camping ground - although the Every man's right basicly entitles you to sleep anywhere except in the Abisko national park), as there isn't really any cultivated lands.

  • STF Mountain Station Abisko, [4].  edit
  • Abisko Fjällturer, +46(0)980-401 03, [5]. Lonely Planet describes it as a "backpackers delight", and few would disagree. Good-value accomodation in twin and dormitory-styles rooms. 250 SEK.  edit
  • Abisko Mountain Lodge, Lapportsvägen 35 Box 86, SE-981 07 Abisko, +46 980 401 00, [6]. Abisko Mountain Lodge is a small hotel surrounded by cosy cabins that offers a relaxation only possible in a rustic setting. 990 SEK.  edit


STF Abisko (Abisko Tourist station) +46 0980-402 00,

Get out[edit]

Routes through Abisko
LofotenNarvik  W noframe E  KirunaLuleå

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