Caves evoke feelings of mystery and excitement in exploring things that are secret and long forgotten. Down in the underworld you become overwhelmed by large caverns, narrow passageways and ancient formations created by the forces of nature.
One of Sweden's longest cave systems is “hidden” near Abisko. After packing our car with caving equipment and driving westwards for a few kilometers we hike up the mountainside to the entrance of a cave called “Kåppashåla”. Before our descent underground we put on overalls, helmets and headlamps and use a map to guide us through a labyrinth of narrow passageways and fabulous formations created by water flowing for thousands of years.
Our senses are intensified when we switch off our lamps for a short while and darkness embraces us. We climb down into the awesome “Silver Hall”, trying to keep ourselves dry as we pass through a feature curiously known as “the Dry Cleaner” and crawl through “the Palm Passage” on our journey underground.
Above ground again, we walk along Kåppasjåkka River where we can also pause to see waterfalls and giants’ kettles.
Only your curiosity sets limits - be prepared for a cool experience!
But remember: Never take anything other than photos; never leave anything other than footprints.
Cave guide, transport, caving equipment (helmet, overalls, lamp and boots)
Waterproof clothing, warm sweater, lunch, backpack for equipment
Time: 4.5 hours
Duration / height: 4km hiking, +/- 300m (underground)
Age: minimum 12 years
Other requirements: None
Reception at 09.30 (back around 14.00)
Maximum 8 persons.
Temperature in cave: approx 4-6 degrees Celsius
Online at least three days in advance or on site at STF Abisko Tourist Station no later than 19:00 on day before event.
Reservation for changes.
Read more about how to get to Abisko under ”directions”, direct link: https://www.swedishtouristassociation.com/facilities/stf-abisko-mountain-station/directions/