To See The Aurora Borealis
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One of the biggest factors in determining successful Northern Lights viewing is cloud cover, and it's here that this park has a huge advantage. Due to the placement of the Scandanavian Alps and some other geographical factors, cloud cover is less in this particular area, leading locals to dub it the 'blue hole'. And less clouds mean more spectacular Aurora views.
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This area is one of the top places in the world to consistently see the Northern Lights.
Take a five kilometre virtual walk with photographer Oliver Wright showing some of the highlights at the start of this beautiful hike.
Located in the village of Jukkasjärvi, which is an hours drive from the Abisko National Park, this hotel is made predominantly from ice.
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Abisko National Park
Abisko National Park Location
Located in the northern part of Sweden in the province of Lapland, this wildlife area is 77 km² (30 mi²) in size.
Getting There By Road: The best way by road is to head towards the town of Kiruna, and from there take the E10 northwest for 98 km (60 mi) to reach your destination in about a hour and a half.
By Air: International visitors can fly to Stockholm’s Arlanda International Airport (ARN), and then catch a domestic flight to Kiruna, a town in the province of Lapland. From there take the train, bus or taxi to reach the park.
By Rail: One of the most convenient ways of getting there is by catching a train. You can travel by train from many of the main Swedish cities right to the Abisko Östra station, which is about 1 km (0.6 mi) away from the border of the park.
Possible Wildlife Sightings
Moose (elk) and reindeer can be seen here all year round. Other animals that occur but are difficult to spot because of their shyness are bear, lynx, wolverine and foxes. You are most likely to see their tracks in winter.
There are many wading birds to be found and also falcons, golden eagles and buzzards.
Things To Do
There are a number of things to do in Abisko National Park, depending on the season.
Find and photograph the Aurora, hiking, landscape photography and sightseeing, go reindeer or dogsledding, visit frozen waterfalls, learn about the indigenous Sámi culture and see the Ice Hotel are some of the main highlights.
To stay within the borders of the Abisko National Park itself, STF Abisko Turiststation is a hotel that is situated on a hill overlooking lake Torneträsk which can accommodate up to 300 people.
Then there are many places available to stay in the town of Abisko itself, which is located right next to the park, ranging from hotels and lodges to hostels.
Climate & Weather
In common with the rest of northern Sweden, this area has a sub-arctic cold climate so be prepared for chilly weather, even during the warmest month of July when the average maximum temperature is 12.3°C (54.14°F).
February is the coldest month with average minimum temperatures dipping to a frigid -15.8°C (3.54°F). The month of December is when the most snow falls for approximately 25 days to reach an aggregate 489mm (19.25").
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
The Abisko National Park has a well deserved reputation as one of the top places in the world to see this spectacular natural phenomenon occur, best experienced between the months of September and early April.
The reason the Aurora can be seen so well here is due to the fact that the park is protected from the western winds by the Scandanavian Alps. This means that cloud cover is minimal when the Northern Lights are 'performing', allowing viewers to see them even though surrounding areas are covered by a cloud blanket. Local resident's call this phenomenon the 'blue hole'.