Abisko is a tiny town in Norrbotten County and the Lappland province in northern Sweden.


View from Björkliden over the national park until Lapporten (the Gate to Lappland)
MTAB IORE with an empty ore train near Torneträsk (the lake in the background)
Abiskojåkka river and Torneträsk lake (Abisko national park) in June
Aurora near Abisko

Abisko is a popular outdoor destination due to its proximity to nature and relatively easy accessibility. Abisko is near many great national parks and hosts a trailhead on the spectacular Kungsleden hiking trail; at the same time, it is on the malmbanan railway between Narvik in Norway and Luleå, which means it can be reached by an overnight train from Stockholm quite easily. Abisko village is around the train station "Abisko Östra" and the large and well equipped hostel/hotel "Abisko turiststation" at the train station of the same name, two kilometres further west.

Get in

By car

Abisko is located 80 km east of Narvik and is easily accessible by car by the European route E10. Cars can be rented at the Tourist Office in Kiruna (closed from Friday 18:00 to Monday morning).

By plane

There are three main airports servin Abisko:

  1. The Narvik/Harstad Airport in Norway, 120 km west of Abisko, has direct flights to/from Oslo Gardermoen (operated by SAS, Norwegian), Trondheim Værnes (operated by Norwegian, Widerøe) and Bodø (Widerøe) Airports.
  2. The smaller Narvik Framnes Airport, 86 km west of Abisko, has only fights to/from Bodø opeerated by Wideroe.
  3. The Kiruna Airport, 100 km southeast of Abisko, has only one regular direct flight to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (operated by Norwegian and SAS) and is an alternative and is connected to Abisko by train or buses ran by "Länstrafiken Norbotten".

By train

The two nightly trains from Stockholm to Narvik stop in Abisko. One is direct, whereas the other has a change in Boden. There are also two daily trains from Luleå or Narvik. Timetables can be found through Samtrafiken (look for Nr. 30, Narvik-Kiruna-Boden-Luleå).

Get around

There is a chair lift up Nuolja mountain operating in the summer from the tourist station. It also runs from 8pm to midnight during the aurora season and is operated by the nearby STF hostel.


Abisko is a great place to observe Northern lights thanks to the location within the Auroral belt and its relatively dry climate and low cloudiness. Aurora Sky Station (a part of STF Abisko Mountain Station) is located on the top of the mountain Nuolja and can be reached by a 10 min walk from STF Mountain Station and from there by a chair-lift.


The tourist camp organises various activities throughout the year, but the real attraction is hiking on the many trails, out in the spectacular wilderness of the national parks of the area. Winter offers cross country skiing and even some alpine skiing. There is a chair lift on Nuolja and two more alpine areas nearby at Björkliden and Riksgränsen.

There are three (partly coinciding) long distance hiking trails from or passing Abisko.


There is a shop at the tourist station which caters for hikers' daily needs and also carries a selection of outdoor equipment, and some other shops:



The Storstugan pub inside the tourist station is the friendliest place in town, rather fortunate, since it's also the only place in town, to go for a drink.


There's a bed'n'breakfast in Abisko village, as well as some summer cottages. The tourist station has both Hostel, Hotel and Cottage accommodation available. It is run by STF, Svenska Turistföreningen; as accommodation is considerably cheaper for members it may be advisable to sign up for membership before booking. Membership is also available at the reception. There is also a camping ground - although the Every man's right basically entitles you to sleep anywhere except in the Abisko national park), as there isn't really any cultivated lands.


STF Abisko (Abisko Tourist station) +46 980-402 00, info@abisko.nu.

Go next

Routes through Abisko

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