Aurora Sky Station
Located in the heart of Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland, Aurora Sky Station, sometimes known as Abisko Sky Station, and the surrounding park are renowned as one of the best locations in the world for observing the northern lights.
Visit between November and March, when the skies are inky black, for the best chance of viewing the aurora borealis. Stay at Abisko Mountain Station, exclusive in the UK to Discover the World.
One of the best places to see the northern lights
Aurora Sky Station benefits from a piece of natural good luck; prevailing winds here push cloud away from the sky station meaning that the skies are almost always stunningly clear, offering fantastic sightings just about every night, if the conditions in the Earth’s upper atmosphere are right. And being up in the mountains there is no light pollution to hinder viewing.
Reach the Sky Station by chairlift, taking in the silence and star studded night around you as you go. At the top, it boasts a large outside deck ideal for aurora watching. Inside you can warm up by a log fire and keep a look out for the lights through enormous picture windows. There is the option to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner in the cosy restaurant or spend time looking around the small aurora borealis exhibition. Don’t forget to dress for the cold Arctic climate, wear extra warm clothing, especially since you will be standing still outside for extended periods.
Viewing figures at the Aurora Sky Station over the last few seasons have been consistent with the predicted ‘double peak solar max’ predicted by NASA. In January 2014 there was a huge 80.5% chance of witnessing the lights at Aurora Sky Station! This compared to previous seasons – 57% in 2009/10, 63% in 2010/11, 70% in 2011/12 and 69% in 2012/13.
Getting to the Aurora Sky Station
Our exclusive direct flight takes you from London to Kiruna in just 3½ hours, the quickest and easiest way to reach Swedish Lapland. From Kiruna it is a 1½ hour transfer to Abisko through picturesque countryside scenery. It is also possible to visit Aurora Sky Station whilst staying at the Icehotel on a northern lights excursion. Talk to our team about this option.
Stay overnight at the only hotel in Abisko National Park, Abisko Mountain Station, which is exclusive to Discover the World clients. With panoramic views over Lake Tornetrask it is close to the chair lift up to Aurora Sky Station. The hotel bar is ideal for a warming drink after a trip to the summit!
Northern Lights Holidays at Abisko
Why book with Discover the World?
Our knowledge of this region and experience in arranging holidays to the far north sets us apart from other operators. Whether you are an independently minded traveller or prefer to choose something ‘off the peg’, let our experience be your guide. We are very happy to tailor make a holiday to suit your time, budget and interests. Even if you are simply looking for inspiration then get in touch with our expert team. We would be delighted to hear from you.