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Abisko: Aurora Chase

1. Abisko: Aurora Chase

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 at the reception of your hotel. 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)

Kiruna: Northern Lights Tour with Dinner

2. Kiruna: Northern Lights Tour with Dinner

Start with pickup from your hotel in Kiruna and travel to the village of Abisko. We will have a delicious dinner in Abisko Mountain Lodge. After dinner, search for the spectacular natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights. With your experienced guide, find the ideal location to catch a glimpse of vibrant colors dancing in the night sky.  The location will vary and depends on local weather conditions. A professional photographer will take several photos and videos of the Northern Lights, which will be sent to you after the tour. Enjoy a hot drink as you gather around the fire to admire the beautiful sky. Hear a little bit about the history of the region and associated legends. Once the tour is concluded, you will return back to Kiruna.

Abisko: Ice Climbing for All Levels with Certified Guide

3. 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: Northern Lights Tour with Dinner

4. Abisko: Northern Lights Tour with Dinner

Join the longest Northern Lights tour in the Swedish Lapland. Chase the iconic light phenomena alongside a guide and photographer, enjoy a dinner, and benefit from roundtrip hotel pickup from Abisko or Björkliden.  Start your journey with hotel pickup, then head over to feast on a delicious dinner, which will be served in the Abisko Mountain Lodge. After dinner, get equipped with snowsuits and snow boots to ensure you stay safe and warm throughout the night and begin the chase for the Northern Lights.  In pursuit of the Northern Lights, the tour can lead to places like the fjords of Norway or the Arctic forests of Kiruna. Get tips and learn tricks on how to best capture the magnificent aurora borealis on your camera.  After your tour, receive a copy of the many pictures and videos during the night.

Abisko: Aurora Snowshoeing

5. 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: Northern Lights Snowshoe Hike with Guide

6. Abisko: Northern Lights Snowshoe Hike with Guide

We head towards the mountains around Abisko with snowshoes on, looking for the Northern Lights. We will stop as soon as we see it! Our guide is always trying to find the best spot. If we are lucky, we might see some local animals like moose, hares, ptarmigans or foxes. During the walk, our guides will serve some hot drinks to help us stay warm. The walk is relatively easy so most people can do it, and we have previously set different routes and will choose depending on the group physical skills. We start the tour between 18:00-20:00, depending on the time of year and weather conditions that day. Earlier in the season, it needs to be later so that it is dark. In December, we can start as early as 18:00. Check at the Guesthouse reception for the exact departure time for your tour.

Abisko: National Park Northern Lights Photo Tour

7. 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.

From Abisko: Narvik Fjord Tour

8. From Abisko: Narvik Fjord Tour

Narvik fjord is the longest in the Nordland region and features a stunningly beautiful landscape that you can experience during this tour but even before we get there, we take our own tour buses alongside Lake Torneträsk and through the border to Norway at Riksgränsen. Spectacular views are all along the route and change as the landscape changes. During the trip we stop at some of the beautiful and historically significant places along the way and the guide will tell you about the area and history. When we get down to the ocean and the Narvik fjord, we stop to explore the beach. From the waterside, the view is amazing, with mountains lining the fjord and the islands and mountains of Lofoten ahead.

From Abisko: Norway Fjords Photography Tour with Guide

9. From Abisko: Norway Fjords Photography Tour with Guide

The spectacular scenery that greets us as we head into Norway makes this tour something truly special. Mountains stand majestically up all around the fjords and lakes and the sea never fully freezes. We may even see eagles, orcas and dolphins, though we can't guarantee it! This tour offers a full range of photo adventures. We set off from Abisko and head west alongside the magical Lake Torenträsk in our minibuses, crossing the border into Norway at Riksgränsen. Do not worry if you have never used camera before, our professional photographers will quickly teach you the skills for taking picture and they will be there to take amazing photos with and of you! Those memories and photos will last a lifetime.

From Abisko: Ice Hotel Transfer and Entry Tickets

10. From Abisko: Ice Hotel Transfer and Entry Tickets

From ice sculptures to an ice chapel, we head over to the IceHotel in Jukkasjärvi and spend a couple of hours exploring it. The hotel is made from ice and snow and features many sculptures and other artworks made by artists from all over the world. We drive from Abisko alongside Lake Torneträsk eastwards to Kiruna, enjoying the different scenery in that direction. When we arrive at the IceHotel, you will have around 2 hours to explore, shop and eat if you wish to. We come back to the Guesthouse via Kiruna and the airport so we can drop you off in either of those locations too.

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What people are saying about Abisko

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 41 reviews

Amazing experience. Onur and all the hosts are very friendly and knowledgeable. They will do everything in their power to let you see the Northern Lights, and they know all the best spots. I had one night in Abisko to try to see the lights, and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it any other way. The food was delicious as well. Highly recommend, I’ve already told several friends to use Light of Vikings if they want to see the Northern Lights.

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

Great tour ! very faithful to the description - really chasing the Aurora to the best places in which it can be seen ! Also very nice to have the photos taken with a good camera as theirs as it's quite hard to get good pictures on the phone.

Pick up was exactly where they said it would be and on time. The drive was comfortable and warm. The dinner and conversations made it fun and exciting. Gearing up and heading to a view point made it an adventure.

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