When you have arrived in Abisko, you can visit the mountain information service. Here you meet one of our experienced guides who can provide tips about nice excursions you can go on in the area. If you want to contact them ahead of arrival you can email: abisko.sport@stfturist.
STF Aurora Sky Station
Our chairlift is located just a short walk from STF Abisko Turiststation. The lift takes you up to STF Aurora Sky Station. There you will find a large terrace, a lookout tower, and a cosy café with a small souvenir shop. You can visit STF Aurora Sky Station in both summer and winter.
During the winter we arrange tours to the STF Aurora Sky Station to view the northern lights, this tour is called STF Aurora Sky Station Night Visit. The Night Visit is a guided activity, the guide is with you the whole evening to answer questions, help with camera settings, help you find the best locations to view the lights, and to keep an eye on the sky during the evening and let you know when there is activity, so you don’t have to watch the sky the whole evening. During the evening the guide will also give a northern light presentation in the café at the STF Aurora Sky Station, where you’ll hear more about the myths and stories surrounding the northern lights, and you will also learn the science explaining what is actually going on in the atmosphere to create these magical lights.
The summer is also a great time to visit STF Aurora Sky Station, not to see the Aurora Borealis, but to experience the midnight sun. If you take the chairlift up during a late evening in June or the first half of July, and then go for a hike up to the top of Mount Nuolja, you will see the sun moving sideways on the horizon in what essentially is a very long sunset, where the sun never falls below the horizon, and you get hours of beautiful golden light. We also offer guided midnight sun hikes to the top of Mount Nuolja.
Nuolja Offpist is a ski facility in close connection to STF Abisko Turiststation. It is a unique mountain for off-piste skiing with 500 meters of vertical drop from the top of the lift to the bottom. Check out Nuolja Offpist for more information.
It is possible to take the chairlift up the mountain Nuolja in both winter and summer, just a short walk from STF Abisko Turiststation. From the lift’s top station, you can go on day hikes, enjoy coffee and cake or lunch on the terrace. The chairlift is open daily during the summer high season, and the winter skiing season. You can buy tickets directly from the valley station or here.
There is a beautifully situated wood-heated sauna down by the shore of lake Torneträsk, about one kilometre from our hotel. You can sit in the sauna and look out over the lake, and when you feel ready, you can cool off in the water outside. When the ice is sufficiently thick in the winter, we make a hole in the ice for a cold dip.
Booking is done no later than noon the same day and the activity starts at 16:00. Booking is done here. If you are a group of more than 10 people, please contact the reception by email on email@example.com or phone +46 (0)10 190 2400
There is generally an age limit of 18 for the use of the wood-heated sauna. The person who is listed as responsible for the booking is also responsible for ensuring that the instructions are adhered to. Groups with participants under the age of 18 require the presence of a responsible group leader.
Exploring on your own – Summer
The Marble Quarry and Njakajaure Nature Trail
Follow the trail Kungsleden for two kilometres to the marble quarry (Marmorbrottet). The cream-coloured cliffs are made of the carbonate rock dolomite. At the top of the cliff, continue to the left onto Njakajaure Nature Trail. The nature trail runs through varied natural habitats. Black-throated divers breed in the lake Njakajaure and Arctic terns often fly over the surface. The lake is surrounded by isolated stands of pine. The path back to Abisko occasionally crosses open mountain heaths with permafrost. Lapland rosebay, mountain avens and orchids grow on these heaths.
Walk under the railway and along the road up to the chairlift. Stop by the bridge and choose between going upstream or downstream. Downstream, Abiskojåkka plunges into a tunnel that was built during the construction of the Iron Ore Line railway (Malmbanan). The gravel path underneath the railway and the main road (E10) leads to the most beautiful section of the canyon. White-throated dippers breed here. A plethora of flowers, lichens and mosses grow on the walls of the canyon, which are made of slate and dolomite.
The Kårsa Falls
Follow the trail towards Kårsavagge over the red bridge. After 600 metres, the path forks, continue parallel to Abiskojåkka. The path here goes through a park-like birch forest and then on footbridges over boggy ground. Eventually, lofty pine trees emerge in the forest, and when you reach Kårsajåkka there is a sparse primaeval pine forest. It is home to both capercaillies and squirrels. In Kårsajåkka, from the bridge and upwards, there are many pretty little waterfalls.
Rihtunjira Nature Trail
Follow the trail Kårsavaggeleden to the stream Rihtunjira. The nature trail forks off here and follows the stream upwards through a lush birch forest. Higher up, the stream forms a series of waterfalls. Above the tree line, the path crosses the stream. You emerge onto blooming heaths and meadows. The richness of flowers is due to the lime in the ground. The path goes under the chairlift and then turns sharply up towards STF Aurora Sky Station. Stop and enjoy the view before you head down again.
Nissunjåkka Suspension Bridge
Follow the trail Kungsleden for four kilometres to the suspension bridge. This section of Kungsleden is easy to walk and varied. Just under one kilometre after the marble quarry (Marmorbrottet), the trail heads down a ridge and over a small bridge. From here you can see marks in the terrain that indicate where the stream Nissunjåkka used to flow. During some years, the land is flooded when there are heavy spring floods. There is a rest area with a simple shelter and fireplace on the other side of the suspension bridge.
Exploring on your own – Winter
Glidaren, Björkliden, Kårsavagge, Kungsleden – some of our true classics for those who want a simple way to experience the national park in winter!
Take the chairlift up and then follow the cross-marked trail south. You will soon discover how the trail got its name, it allows you to actually glide all the way back down to the road!
Over Nuolja to Björkliden
There is a marked trail from STF Aurora Sky Station that heads west towards Björkliden. Follow it upwards to the pass between Nuolja and Slåttatjåkka, before going down towards Björkliden’s ski area.
The high mountain valley Kårsavagge is home to a cosy cabin. Walk under the railway and along the road up to the chairlift. The marked trail begins on the other side of the bridge. Follow the stream Abiskojåkk and then continue up the valley. This route is a bit longer and can be combined with a night in the cabin, which is also staffed in winter.
Kungsleden and the National Park
Make a short trip to the marble quarry (Marmorbrottet) or Nissunjåkka canyon, where there are rest areas and windbreaks. Some choose to go up to Abiskojaure before turning around. The national park contains plenty of trails you can follow on your way back if you want some to give your route a little variety.
The area between Abisko and Narvik offers numerous peaks to ascend in both summer and winter. For tips on ski tours in winter with climbing skins under your skis, visit Snösäker. Always bring avalanche equipment which you know how to use it and keep up to date about the avalanche risk in the area. Go to the Swedish avalanche forecast website for more information.
There are several classic ski resorts in the area – our own ski area Nuolja Offpist, Björkliden, Riksgränsen and Narvikfjellet.
Cross-country skiing trails
The yellow trail 4.5 kilometres – Walk under the railway and along the road up to the chairlift. There are two cross-country skiing trails made using a snowmobile on the other side of the bridge. The trail does not have any big hills and mainly runs along flat bogs with some easy downhill sections.
The altitude difference is 35 metres.
The green trail 9 kilometres – Walk under the railway and along the road up to the chairlift. There are two cross-country skiing trails made using a snowmobile on the other side of the bridge. The green trail has more difficult hills but also magnificent views. Regardless of whether you are on an excursion or exercising it is important that your skis have a good grip. The altitude difference is 225 metres.
Floodlit trail 3.5 kilometres – There is a floodlit skiing trail in Abisko Östra, behind the school up towards the railway. You need to turn on the lights yourself using a button right at the beginning of the trail.
There are groomed trails for cross-country skiing in Björkliden. They start from Björkliden Fjällhotell and opposite the railway station.
In Abisko you can either start a multiple day hike along Kungsleden or do day trips along the trail towards the marble quarry (Marmorbrottet).
Kungsleden is one of Sweden’s most famous hiking trails and one which also attracts foreign hikers. The trail extends for 450 kilometres through mountainous terrain, from Hemavan in the south, to Abisko in the north. Along the trail lie STF’s mountain cabins, where you can spend the night. The most popular section of Kungsleden is that between Abisko and Nikkaluokta via Kebnekaise Mountain Station, known as the Dag Hammarskjöld Trail. Read more about the different stages.
Between 27th of September and 17th of November Abisko is open with limited services. The reception and store is open a few hours per day, and you can reserve a room at the hostel or one of our cabins.
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