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The northern light

Have you never experienced the northern light, or are you a big fan and want more? Abisko national park has some of the world’s best conditions to see the northern lights. So, we invite you to come see the show from the front row!

XPERIENCE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ABISKO

People have been fascinated by the northern lights for hundreds of years, and so many come to Sweden to STF Abisko Fjällstation from all over the world to see the green lights dance across the sky during the winter. The northern lights, or polar lights, is a light phenomenon that occurs when charged particles from space accelerate to high speeds and then collide with the earth´s magnetic field.

WILL THERE BE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ABISKO TODAY?

The STF Aurora Sky Station, which is one of the best places on earth to see the northern lights, has a webcam. This means that you can watch the northern lights in real-time from the comfort of your own home. Watch the northern light by webcam

If you are coming to visit, make sure to dress warm with lots of layers. You can also rent warm clothes at STF Abisko Mountain Station if there is something you forgot to pack.

• Closest to the body you should be wearing long undergarments made from synthetic materials or wool and a long-sleeved shirt and pants from wool or fleece as a middle layer.

• Wear a warm coat and preferably snow pants.

• You should wear spacious shoes that can accommodate extra socks. You should be able to move your toes.

• Wear a warm hat, scarf and warm mittens. The best option is mittens with gloves inside.

• Avoid taking a shower or going for a swim before you go outside and don´t use water-based lotion as this can cause the skin to freeze.

HOW TO TAKE GREAT PICTURES OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS

Photographing the northern lights is not an easy task, but if you succeed you will go home with amazing pictures with a big wow factor. The greatest chance to experience the northern lights is from November to the end of March.

You will need a lot of patience to get good pictures, as well as a fully charged battery and warm clothes (remember to wear gloves or mittens that allow you to operate the camera). Use a tripod and a remote control for the shutter and set the camera to a slow shutter speed (4-12 seconds), but it is also a good idea to try different options as the northern lights can vary a lot in strength.

A wide lens will allow you to capture a bigger part of the sky. Also, don´t forget to set the focus to infinity. Good luck!

CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ABISKO NATIONAL PARK

Chasing the northern lights is best done on foot with a clear sky. When you do see the lights, stop and enjoy for as long as you can. An evening spent in Abisko national park can leave you with beautiful memories to last a lifetime.

We leave for an exciting and genuine chase with high expectations and enter the dark polar night with lit oil lamps.

During the night we stop at good spots in the national park to look for the lights and learn more about them.

VISIT STF AURORA SKY STATION – THE BEST LIGHT EXPERIENCE IN THE WORLD

Way up at the STF Aurora Sky Station there is a large outdoor terrace and a lookout tower where you can stand and experience the northern lights and the night sky. Inside there is an exhibition about the northern lights that explains what gives rise to the lights.

You can also enjoy a four-course meal with local flavours from northern Sweden while you watch the northern lights dance outside the window. An experience you will never forget!

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A NIGHT WITH NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ABISKO

After a three-course dinner at the Kungsleden restaurant at the STF Abisko Mountain Station you take the lift up to the STF Aurora Sky Station. The trip in the chairlift looking out over the national park takes about 20 minutes and is an experience in itself. When your eyes get accustomed to the dark you will see a myriad of stars twinkle in the night sky.

When you reach the Sky Station the conditions will be ideal – we often have clear polar nights with wide stretched views over the mountains and valleys with almost no distracting background light from roads, towns or villages.

What does STF work for?

Our activities are based on and guided by our guidelines. We are currently focussing on four issues that we feel deeply about.

  • Infrastructure

  • The right of public access

  • Sustainable tourism

  • Access to trails