I had a few more questions about traveling to Absiko/Kiruna since me and 5 friends will be traveling there next week. You guys were all really helpful in my previous question, and I hope you can share some more insights with me.
1) I've noticed that the weather in this area of Sweden tends to snow a lot lately. I'm curious to know if it is generally light snow, or is it heavy snowstorms/ white outs?
2) I've been keeping track of the Aurora forecasts with some apps, and it says that the two nights we will be up north, has a kp index of 2 (nothing). Ironically, for the next few days after, there's a kp index of 5 (which is amazing but we will be back home by then). My question is, if you think it will be worth traveling all the way to Abisko at all if there is such a small chance in seeing the northern lights?
3) Dogsledding. We want to do it, but there are so many options and it's been hard finding the right place. I've read that Kiruna has nicer landscapes for dogsledding than Abisko, and I wonder if that is true? Also, I'm looking for a place in Kiruna that will offer individual sleds (for 6 people-2 hours-not expensive/cheap). Do you have any recommendations?
Thank you so much for any information you can lend!! I look forward to any responses!
We're 5 people planning a very short trip to Kiruna and Abisko. We are arriving in Kiruna Saturday night, Jan 14 at 21:00 and leaving Kiruna on Monday morning at 12:55. We want to spend Sunday morning checking out a bit of Kiruna/or ice hotel and maybe dog sledding (either Kiruna or Abisko), leave early Sunday afternoon to Abisko spend Sunday night there, and leave Monday morning to Kiruna airport. What are the recommended methods of travel then?
Regarding driving, I don't have experience driving in winter conditions so I am very concerned about renting a car. If you definitely recommend it, do you have any tips, instructions, or advice about night driving in Abisko.
Is it possible to visit the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi without staying for the night?
How much does the hotel charge just to visit the hotel and look around?
I notice that some people have taken dog sled rides in Kiruna. Does anyone have any details of who offers these rides, phone numbers, email, etc, and cost?
Also, are reindeer rides available in Kiruna?
Hi, does anybody know how can I form ice hotel to Kiruna airport by bus? How much is the rate? How long will is take? Thanks.
Can anyone tell me how to get from Lulea to Rovaniemi? Thanks a lot in advance
hi m visiting kiruna and abisko at the end of May next year, I have been informed that the kingsleden would be probably impassable at that time of year, is it possible to climb the highest mountain in Sweden at this time?
What is the weather like? is it possible to trek anywhere else?
any information would be grateful
We have planning travel to Kiruna on 23/12/16-26/12/16, thinking to take bus to Haparanda, to cross the border of Finland and reach Rovaniemi. Is the bus will operating as normal?
what are the buses available from the bus station/city hall to kiruna airport?
Hey, I'm planning to see the Aurora this December and I would love if anyone could help me sharing some informations because I'm finding very difficult to gather.
- How can I go from Kiruna to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko? Is there any transfer or should I rent a car would be the best option? I'm not use to drive in the snow, that's why I don't know how to go.
- Does anyone stayed in Abisko Mountain Lodge? Is it close to the station?
The website says that it's only 2km from the lodge to aurora station by cable car?
Does the cable car is open 24h that I could go back after the experience to sleep in the lodge?
- Should I take the exclusive dinner + aurora search or it's not worth it both? How long does it take this package?
Together with my girlfriend I am planning to walk the Kungsleden mid-to-late september. I am particularly worried about crossing the lakes at Sitojaure and Akste coming from the north.
If we arrive around the 20th of september at these places, how are our chances of even getting to the other side? Are there ways around?
We are going to Sarek in July and looking for a proper sleeping bag.
As we expect rainy weather, we would choose a synthetic bag (does anyone think differently?)
What comes to comfort temperature, we are not sure, but the warmer the bag, the better for us. Of course, it should be as light as possible.
Does anyone have an experience? Are there any recommendations?
Our options are:
- A marmot womens trestles 15 (-10/-18/-39, 2041 g, 168 cm), which is quite a heavy bag marmot.com/products/details/...
- A Fjällräven Abisko three season (-2/-8/-25, 1580 g, 175 cm), fjallraven.com/abisko-w-thre...
All recommendations are more than welcome.
I've read there is a grocery store near STF.... What groceries are available during late December ?
Are eggs and bread available ? What are the costs of various items ?
I'm looking to cook my own meals while at Abisko.
I will participate in this year's Fjällräven Classic and plan to travel to Kiruna by car. Please advise where in Kiruna I can safely park the car for 5 days with rather small budged? Best regards,
Hello there, my name is Richard from Cornwall in England......
Myself & three of my best friends will be travelling to Hemavan in the last week of July 2015.... We're trying to find a secure or sensible place to park & leave our car in or near to Hemavan for a few weeks?....... Also we're searching for information on bus? coach? Or train? Journeys from Hemavan up to Abisko for the four of us plus our backpacks?.....
Oh & I'm really having differculty finding any information about edible roots? Or plants? Along the Kungsleden trail in summer / autumn? Water & berries & mushrooms I do already know about though...... Oh & fishing :-)
Many thanks to anyone who can help us please.......
Hi, my 2 sons (11 and 9) and I are hiking from Abisko to Nikkaluotka in July. We've already booked the huts at Abiskojaure, Alesjaure and Vistas.
When we get to Nikkaluotka (after 34 km day of hiking from Vistas), what do you suggest regarding lodging or transportation to Kiruna?
Is there a hotel / guest house to stay in the park or ( in early may) nearby? Any local foods, dishes, ingredients, i should try? A sami place to dine would be awsome, Must activities u recommend? Is there a supermarket ? Are the roads easy to drive in early may, any precautions i need to take?
Or shall i skip Abisko national park n visit Karesuando instead? For local dinning ,sights, activities?
Is Abisko national park, still snowy in late march - early april?
When is the best date to leave on the trail given that you walk 28 days and you want to avoid moskitos and snow?
I would appreciate if you give me some information about the matters I should expect of moving to Lulea as a PhD student in Lulea University of Technology, from Iran. Actually I want to know more about this city.
Hi, I'm a student planning on visiting Sweden to see the Northern Lights on Jan 22, 2015. Does anybody have advice as to the cheapest way to plan this trip?
Should I do an aurora photo tour from any of the companies I found online (Lappland Media, Lights over Lapland) because they seem pricey but are they worth it?
Which hotels should I look into?
Are there towns/ lodging where I can see the Northern Lights without having to visit Abisko Skystation?
I am going to study in Lulea University of Technology. Actually I am afraid of the winters. I heard Lulea is a dead city in winters which lasts to eight months. Is that such terrifying as I imagine?
I'm thinking about briefly visiting Kiruna, only to see the Northern Lights. I will be in Sweden around 6/02/2015 and 9/02, would you recommend to stay longer than 1 day in Kiruna, or will it be enough and would I certainly see the lights during 1-2 days?
Thanks in advance for your help!
What is the best way to get to Bjorkliden from Kiruna on a Friday evening? Are there many taxi companies or is it just one that has a monopoly on the market?
Hello, I'm in the UK and am thinking of hiking the Kungsleden late December. So far the websites I have come across don't say anything about December hiking. Are trails closed? Or is it too dangerous to do it then? If I'm not wrong the huts will be closed at this time of the year? Any advice is welcome! If the idea sounds foolish, please do let me know :)
Hello. I am planning to travel to Pitea. As I understand there is an airport i Lulea. Is there any bus one can take from this airport directly to Pitea?
I'm travelling with some friends to Abisko in november and we want to snowshoe and crosscountry ski there, but we were wondering how difficult it is, and if the kungsleden was still praticable. Also how does the lack of sunlight affect the visibility, and the "hiking" time.
We are planning a trip which requires to take a train from Abisko to Kiruna on the 24th Dec, Christmas Eve, and take a bus from Kiruna to Kaparanda to cross the border and finally reach Rovaniemi. Are the public transport open on 24th and 25th Dec? We have booked most of our hotels so the dates are pretty much fixed.
Thanks you very much in advance for your help.
Hi there! Planning travelling to Kiruna in January to see the NL, I will have 3 or 4 days at disposal, so there might be the chance to take the train to Abisko. I'm aware that NL are never guaranteed to be seen (I myself couldn't see them in Lulea 2013 and Tromso last January).
However, do you know if Abisko has the better chances compared to Kiruna? As far as I know the chances should be equal if weather conditions are there except of light polution in Kiruna maybe.. One explanation why we couldn't see it in Tromso was that it is too close to the sea and temperatures are not as low as inland areas. Nevertheless, that shouldn't be the case for Kiruna and Abisko... right?
Another question - should I avoid full moon periods (falls on 16 January)?
Hello, my friends and I are planning a trip of a couple of days to the Abisko National Parc. We wondered if we can sleep in a tent wherever we want or are there areas in the parc where this is forbidden? (Maybe this is a rather silly question, but it's the first time we plan something "adventurous" like this).