For over 100 years, people from all over the world have come to Abisko, 200 km north of the Polar Circle. Here, the famous King's Trail begins and ends. But of course, there are many more reasons to travel to Abisko.
Abisko Mountain Station has a great location in one of Sweden's first national parks. The name comes from the northern Sami word Ábeskovvu, which means “forest by the great waters”. Its view towards The Laponian Gate - the famed U-shaped mountain valley - is well known. And, it is walking distance from the train station and close to the lake Torneträsk, home of Mount Nuolja and Abisko canyon. The mountain station also offers a variety of accommodation in the main building, hostel or in a cabin.
The degree of hardship and relaxation is something for you to determine for yourself. From Abisko it is easy to get up in the mountains by cable car, but it is also possible to walk on your own through the birch forest. Up here you will find the Aurora Sky Station, where the midnight sun is visible during the weeks around midsummer. During the dark season, Abisko is one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis. Abisko is located in the rain shadow, which means few clouds, and the national park is almost free from distracting background light.
Summer and winter offer various courses and events. A luxurious wilderness wood sauna waits down by Torneträsk, Sweden's second deepest lake. Anyone on any day who feels like a break from mountain life can easily take a train across the border to the Norwegian coast and the port of Narvik. Or maybe down to Kiruna's mine?
Under various site managers' leadership, the Abisko Mountain Station has adapted environmentally with both geothermal heating and convection compost. The shop is certified by KRAV (Sweden's label for organic food products) and the restaurant serves KRAV-labeled breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner with wine package. The view of Torneträsk with mountains on the far side makes the meals into something extraordinary. The food is largely based on local ingredients, with a high proportion of organic food. In 2009, STF Abisko Mountain Station was the first Swedish accommodation facility to receive the EU-Flower environmental certification.
STF Abisko Mountain Station has several times been nominated as the Best Swedish Experience by foreign tour operators, and the station is a well-known international destination for those who want to experience the northern lights and midnight sun.
The labelling comittes statement
Labelling Committee´s motivation (26 October 2009)
With the train stopping on the Mountain Station´s doorstep and direct access to Sweden’s first national park the conditions for ecotourism couldn’t be better. The commitment to environmental care is obvious when you enter the mountain station. The thinking is smart and thorough. Creative packages combined with the Aurora Borealis and tasty food make the stay a lot more than environmentally friendly. Feedback from past guests confirms the opinion of our local contacts in commending Abisko for some of the best personal service north of the polar circle.