The small village of Abisko can be found in Northern Sweden and is home to around 150 residents. Consisting of a small handful of accommodation options and shops, as a destination, it is most well-known for the beautiful wilderness of Abisko National Park which is around 4km away.
The Abisko National Park covers around 77 square miles, spreading out from the southern shore of the scenic Lake Torneträsk. One of its most recognised natural sights is the steep-sided u-shaped valley named Lapporten, visible from Abisko and offering a stunning profile that is also known as the legendary 'gate to Lapland'.
In the summer, this vast natural wilderness offers a myriad of options to its visitors – trekking through the boreal forest, hiking along the fjords, or taking in the beauty of the valleys and waterfalls. Being 195km north of the Arctic Circle, the Park is also one of the best places to witness the incredible phenomenon of the Midnight Sun.
The Abisko National Park is also home to one the most well-known hiking trails in Sweden Kungsleden (The King's Trail) a 440km long trail of pathways and footbridges, which takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in the park. The trail dates back to the late 19th century when it was created to allow more people to experience the natural beauty of Lapland.
The park and the King's Trail remain accessible in the winter and tempt guests with alpine, off-piste and cross-country skiing. There are also opportunities to witness the beauty of the park via husky sled or snowmobile and visitors can also gain an insight into the history and culture of this unique region through visiting the indigenous Sami residents and reindeer herders.
Abisko's northerly location also offers great promise of the Aurora Borealis. Indeed Abisko is said to be one of the best places in the world for a potential sighting of the Northern Lights due to its natural firmament. Its vast surrounding mountains help to break up cloud cover ensuring a high prevalence of clear skies throughout the winter season.
Photography by Katja Kristoferson/ imagebank.sweden.se & Eddie Granlund/imagebank.sweden.se