When you have arrived in Abisko, you have the opportunity to visit the mountain information service. Here you meet one of our experienced guides who provide tips about nice excursions you can go on in the area. The mountain information service’s e-mail: abisko.sport@stfturist.
STF Aurora Sky Station
Our chairlift is walking distance from STF Abisko Tourist Station. The lift takes you up to our home mountain and to Aurora Sky Station. This has a large terrace, a lookout tower and a nice café with a small souvenir shop. You can visit Aurora Sky Station in both summer and winter.
In winter we arrange Exclusive Dinner at STF Aurora Sky Station, a four-course dinner inspired by Nordic cuisine where the chef uses produce from Norrland. After dinner, your guide will hold a presentation on the northern lights where you get to learn more about the aurora and about Norse myths and legends. Out on the terrace, you can then view the dancing northern lights and an exquisite starry sky.
You can also book a night visit to STF Aurora Sky Station in the winter. You go up on the chairlift to our café, where you can purchase tasty beverages, snacks and look at the northern lights.
In summer you can take the chairlift up to STF Aurora Sky Station. If you continue hiking up to the peak of Nuolja, you can see the sun moving horizontally over the mountain ridges on the other side of Torneträsk. This phenomenon is called the midnight sun. You can also book a guided midnight sun hike to the peak.
Nuolja Offpist is a ski facility in close connection to STF Abisko Tourist Station. It is a unique mountain for off-piste skiing with a 500 meter vertical drop from the top station. Check out Nuolja Offpist.
It is possible to take the chairlift up the mountain Nuolja in both winter and summer, just a stone’s throw from STF Abisko Tourist Station. From the lift’s top station you can go on day hikes, enjoy coffee and cake or lunch on the terrace. You can buy tickets directly from the valley station or here.
There is a beautifully situated wood-fired sauna down by the shore of Torneträsk, about one kilometre from our tourist station. 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, it’s possible to take a dip in a hole made in the ice.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +46 10-1902400
There is generally an age limit of 18 for the use of the wood-fired 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 hard schist 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. In some years the land is flooded when there are heavy spring floods. There is a rest area with a windbreak 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 an 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. You actually glide all the way back down to the tourist station!
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 Abiskojåkken 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 a number of 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.
During 27/9-12/12 2020 Abisko is open with limited service. The reception 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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