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Abisko: Guided Aurora Chase with Hotel Transfers

1. Abisko: Guided Aurora Chase with Hotel Transfers

Would you like to experience the thrill of searching for and chasing the northern lights in the area surrounding Abisko National Park? This exciting adventure will start once you are picked up. After collecting all of the guests for the evening adventure your professional aurora chasing guide will use the collective experience of the Lights Over Lapland and Activities in Abisko team, combined with local weather and aurora forecasts to make the best possible decision about where to look for the northern lights. During our evening together we will travel up to 90 KM to one of several spectacular locations with a proven track record and very high likelihood of success. During this adventure, your guide will talk about the auroras, the history of Abisko National Park and serve you a warm drink. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime aurora chasing expedition, which will allow you to use our experience and mobility to go to where the aurora activity is the highest, and where there weather gives us a good chance of success! Book your adventure today! Many of the locations are on lakes and rivers which allow you to see the auroras in the sky AND reflecting in the open water during the Autumn and reflecting in the polished ice during the Winter. Our team of professionals has access to more spectacular locations than any other operator in Abisko. During your adventure we usually visit at least one of the following locations: The scenic shoreline of Lake Torneträsk with stunning views in every direction! A calm bay at the northwest end of Lake Torneträsk with incredible Arctic views and a cozy fire pit. A spectacular location with panoramic views on the top of Bear Mountain near the border of Sweden and Norway. An amazing aurora outlook in the mountains surrounding Björkliden. A remote fishing village near the mouth of the Torne River which flows out of Lake Torneträsk. AND MUCH MORE!! Warm clothing is NOT included in this tour. It is important that you bring warm clothes to wear and warm insulated winter boots. Warm overalls and heavy duty arctic boots are available to rent for an extra charge. Minimum age: 5 years old (we will not be able to provide any child seats in the vehicle). Please note that during the peak season we may use a vehicle with a maximum of 30 seats. Camera gear is not included, but it can be added for an additional fee. Your guide has a very basic understanding of aurora photography and will be happy to give you a few pointers along the way! If you are looking for a trip which is focused on helping you capture stunning photographs of the northern lights, we highly recommend our Ultimate Aurora Photo Adventure! A slightly different version of this tour is also available during the autumn season October-November. Pick up information: 8:15-8:30 PM (please be in the lobby of your hotel by 8:15 PM)

Abisko: National Park Northern Lights Photo Tour

2. Abisko: National Park Northern Lights Photo Tour

Join one of Lights Over Lapland’s professional aurora guides for an opportunity to see and photograph the aurora borealis in one of our lovely locations in and around Abisko National Park. Due to a tendency for clear skies, Abisko is one of the greatest places in the world to see the northern lights. We will provide you with a DSLR camera & lens that is preset to capture the northern lights and quickly go over the basic skills that you will need to find and photograph the magical aurora borealis. Our Ultimate Aurora Photo Adventure offers you THREE different ways to see the northern lights: depending upon the weather and aurora forecast we will hunt for the lights on foot at a nearby teepee, chase the lights in a modern 4×4 van, or ride on a cozy sleigh which is pulled behind a snowmobile to one of our wilderness camps in and around Abisko National Park. This evening under the stars offers you a fantastic opportunity to learn about the culture & natural history of Lapland and gives you a chance to experience beauty that can only be found in Abisko National Park. During our time together we will discuss the way that locals interact with nature and explore the cultural interpretations of the northern lights that the local inhabitants of the region have believed during the last several centuries. Small groups of 8 guests guarantee a very personal and genuine experience and ensure a safe and comfortable trip into the Arctic environment. Lights Over Lapland started offering our original Nightly Aurora Photo Tour way back in 2012. It was the first aurora photo tour in Abisko, and over the last ten years we have helped thousands of satisfied guests from all over the world see and photograph the northern lights in Abisko National Park. A few years later, we formed a partnership with our friends at Activities In Abisko and added our Wilderness Aurora Adventure which took our clients deeper into the Arctic Wilderness surrounding Abisko than any other operator in Abisko. During this time, we have constantly asked for feedback from our guests about what they are looking for in an aurora chase and have used the collective brain power of our guests and guides to create the ultimate adventure, which we believe represents the absolute best way to see the northern lights in Abisko National Park. This new and exciting adventure takes all the best elements of our legacy Nightly Aurora Photo Tour & Wilderness Aurora Adventure, adds a chase to the package and combines all three methods of aurora hunting into one incredible adventure, which we believe truly is the ultimate aurora adventure available in Abisko. Included in the tour: - Rental of camera, tripod, backpack, warm overalls, and head lamp. - Warm drink and small snack. - Guiding services and a minimum of 3 hours of searching for and photographing the aurora in and around Abisko National Park. - Pick up from any hotel in Abisko or Björkliden.

Abisko: Aurora Snowshoeing

3. Abisko: Aurora Snowshoeing

Capture the true feeling of a winter night in the arctic. Your guide will take you to learn the wintry way of movement with snowshoes. While walking on the snow, you will experience how the milky light of the moon and stars cast enchanting shadows through the snowfields. In Abisko there is a lot of animals that dwell in the birch forest during winter, so the possibility to see a lot of tracks is quite big. Most likely you will see tracks of forest hare, ptarmigan, foxes, lemmings, and if you are lucky you might even spot tracks form a moose. During the tour we will have a break and enjoy some warm berry juice while the only sound you hear is the sough of the forest and fells. If you are lucky, you may even see the Northern Lights dance over the lake Torneträsk and over the mountaintops. If there is a full moon and a clear sky you will also get a spectacular view over the Abisko mountain range which includes one of Sweden’s most famous mountain formations Lapporten which is a U-valley sculptured by the ice age.

Abisko National Park: Scenic Morning Hike with Transfer

4. Abisko National Park: Scenic Morning Hike with Transfer

Would you like to enjoy a morning hike in the Arctic wilderness with one of the best outfitters in Abisko? Let one of Lights Over Lapland’s professional guides take you for a short, 3-4 km guided hike in Abisko National Park! During this spectacular adventure, your guide will lead you down one of the beautiful local trails. A good example is the trail which meanders along the scenic Abisko river canyon. You will wander through an ancient mountain birch forest, enjoy stunning open views of the Abisko river delta, marvel at soaring mountain peaks, take in all the beautiful scenery around the incredible Lake Torneträsk and much more. All of our guides are highly trained and will share their deep pool of knowledge about tracks left behind by our local wildlife, local indigenous people of the region and what it is like to live in the Arctic. While it is not guaranteed, you may have a chance to see beautiful animals during this trip such as reindeer, mountain hare, foxes, a full range of birds and the ever-majestic Scandinavian moose if luck is on your side! Be sure to bring a camera as this trip gives you an up close and personal experience in all of the most beautiful locations in Abisko National Park! Book your incredibly scenic hike with the best guides in Abisko today!

From Abisko: Kärkevagge Valley & Trollsjön Lake Guided Tour

5. From Abisko: Kärkevagge Valley & Trollsjön Lake Guided Tour

The tour starts at 9: 00 (see schedule for each pick-up location) and begins with transport to Låkta where the trail through Kärkevagge to Trollsjön starts. From Låkta we hike to Trollsjön and take a break for lunch before it's time to go back. The trip is estimated to take 6-8 hours depending on the weather and current conditions on the trail. Trollsjön is Sweden's cleanest clear-water lake located 815 m above sea level in the end of the valley Kärkevagge at the foot of Gearggecorru and Vassejietnja. Trollsjön is a sterile mountain lake with meltwater from nearby glaciers. The visibility depth is 37 meter all the way to the bottom of the deepest part of the lake. The depth of sight would most likely been longer if the lake had been deeper. It’s estimated to be about 70 meters. Trollsjön means Trolls lake in Swedish and the name Rissajaure is the Sami name for Trollsjön and it roughly means the lake that glimmers like fire. The Kärkevagge valley is about 5.5 km long and is a labyrinthine landscape of large boulders. Kärkevagge means rocky valley, and hidden among these boulders are an estimated number of over 3000 caves in the walley floor. On the way to Trollsjön, it is possible to see some animals such as reindeer, lemmings, buzzards, grouse, hares, mountain pipits and sometimes even sea eagles. In Kärkevagge there are also several typical mountain plants such as kvanne, stormhatt, glacier crowfoot, rose root, polar wool, polar willow and dwarf birch, so a good tip is to bring binoculars and a mountain flora on the trip.

Abisko: Ice Climbing for All Levels with Certified Guide

6. Abisko: Ice Climbing for All Levels with Certified Guide

Try a challenging adventure in arctic conditions with ice climbing, adjusted to all experience levels. Feel safe knowing you are in the expert hands of a certified guide while you navigate the ice. Begin by getting fitted out with all of the appropriate ice climbing equipment including alpine boots, crampons, a harness, and a helmet. Ride a short ways to icefall, where your guide will take you through the first basic steps of climbing vertical ice. Scale vertical sheets of ice under the careful guidance of your guide, and feel the thrill of real climbing.

Abisko: Guided Sunrise Morning Hike with Hot Chocolate

7. Abisko: Guided Sunrise Morning Hike with Hot Chocolate

Between Darkness and Twilight - The Colors of Sunrise in the Arctic Circle Here in Abisko, one of Sweden's northernmost towns, the sun set on December 6th, 2022, marking the start of the polar night. The polar night lasts for several weeks, until in mid-January to mid-February, the sun will rise above the horizon once again and the light will officially return to the many towns and regions above the Arctic Circle. Impatiently, we await the return of the sun, a special time that we will celebrate by hiking to Bjorkliden to welcome the sun. As the sun rises, the sky shows us stunning displays of pink, orange and purple, covering even the snowy mountains. During the hike, we will enjoy the stunning views of Abisko Village, Lake Tornetrask and Lapporten. Our experienced guides will show you off-trail places that you will not be able to visit on your own. When we arrive at our viewing destination, we will enjoy traditional Swedish cookies and hot chocolates while we admire the sunrise and the pink pastel sky. Celebrate the Culture and Natural Beauty of Swedish Lapland This is the perfect tour to take to explore the beauty of Swedish Lapland. Our guides will teach you about this natural area, and show you the most important facts to understand this unique region, from the ground to the sky. We will tell you the stories about Lapland and its inhabitants, the Sami people, Abisko and Kiruna and the polar nights. Swedish Lapland is full of ancient traditions and culture, Lapland is the land of the Sami people, last indigenous people of Europe who call the area Sápmi. It is also the home of unique animals like reindeer, moose, fox, Arctic hares and Arctic owls. Our guides will give you some tricks to spot them during the hike and in the nearby natural areas and reserves! After we have enjoyed the hike and the hot chocolate surrounded by stunning views, we will head home to Abisko.

From Abisko: Northern Lights Tour with Photographer Guide

8. From Abisko: Northern Lights Tour with Photographer Guide

Go hunting for the Northern Lights in Abisko on a guided aurora photography tour. Find an area with clear sky and get your camera set up to capture photos of the illusive natural phenomenon. Watch the lights as you stay warm by the fire and enjoy hot drinks. Get picked up from your accommodations in Abisko and meet your friendly guide and group for the night. Let your expert team find a suitable location with clear sky to make your camp. Your guide will take pictures of you and aurora in the sky. Get help with setting up your own camera so you can take some photos of the Northern Lights. Wait to catch a glimpse of bright green to illuminate the starry night sky. Watch the aurora dance above you as you listen to the crackling campfire keeping you warm and cosy. Be served hot drinks and reflect on your magical night as you head back to Abisko.

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What people are saying about Abisko

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

An absolute amazing experience. The guide was so knowledgable about everything and so professional and took great care of me. I had a great time doing ice climbing. Funny thing: I'm scared of heights and climbing has always terrified me. Yet - somehow - I ended up 25+ feet up on a waterfall with no fear whatsoever. In fact - did it three times that day :) Thank you again. Regards, The tall girl from Dubai

Ice climbing was an awesome experience! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and trustworthy. It was my first time ice climbing and he gave perfect instructions — making us feel very safe, while making the experience amazingly fun. I’d do it again, for sure!

Loved it, great introduction to ice climbing. The guide was super nice and supportive. Would definitely recommend.

A lot of fun. Nice Guide, nice activity and quick answers to questions