How To Plan Your Northern Lights Adventure From Stockholm
By: Valerija Denaityte
Northern lights – or aurora borealis – are one of the most spectacular natural sights one can see in their lifetime, and you’re in luck because Swedish Lapland is known for having a fair amount of northern lights every year.
Location, location, location
As suspected, the best time to try and catch a view of the northern lights is in the winter. Or rather, anywhere between September and April is the perfect time.
By far the most popular spot to see the northern lights and enjoy all that Swedish Lapland has to offer is Abisko, a village just south of the border with Norway. It is located in a so-called rain shadow – surrounded by mountains, it provides the perfect atmosphere to spot an aurora.
How to make it happen
Now, the key information you might be looking for: how do I make this happen? With a time frame and location, you can start your search. If you’re flexible with your dates, you have a better chance of scoring a good deal.
For transportation, you have a number of options:
Taking an overnight train up north is a good option if you want to save time – booking far in advance through SJ can set you up with a pretty solid deal. Another time efficient way is flying into Kiruna and taking a train to Abisko from Kiruna city. It is all dependent on how much time you have, as well as how far in advance you start planning your trip!
You can stay in the multitude of hostels in Abisko for your trip
They are often relatively cheap at 250 SEK a night. However, if you’re going with a big group of friends, try checking AirBnB to see your options there. That can often bring down the cost of your trip even more.