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6 Best Northern Lights Tours in Abisko You Should Do

Planning a trip to Abisko to see the Aurora? Here are the best Northers Lights tours in Abisko.

Seeing the Northern Lights will never get boring because it is different each time. Just like you keep taking pictures of a beautiful sunset, the aurora will surprise you each time you see it.

Find out what tours there are at Abisko to see this magical spectacle by reading this article now.

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When Can I see The Northern Lights in Abisko

One of the main conditions to see the Northern Lights is that it needs to be as dark as possible.

Abisko is second to none when it comes to light pollution.

Still, if you’re here in late spring, summer, or early autumn the nights are short and you will need to stay up late, or do an all-nighter, to see the aurora.

Oktober and November, together with February and March are the best months.

These months offer a good balance of daylight and dark hours.

At night you can chase the aurora and the daylight hours offer the opportunity to do some of the other great outdoor activities that Swedish Lapland is famous for.

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See this detailed Northern Lights post for a detailed breakdown of what to except during the different months.

The tipi where we had diner  before our nprthern light tour.
The tipi where we had dinner before the tour

Best Abisko Northern Lights tour

Here we share an overview of the best Northern Lights tours.

The Abisko small group Northern Lights and the Abisko Northern Lights Photography tour that we describe below, we did ourselves.

Wondering if a Northern Lights Tour is worth it? Read our opinion here.

Abisko Small Group Northern Lights tour: our review

This is a 6-hour tour that starts with a traditional meal followed by a Northern Lights tour.

Here’s our review.

At the appointed time, the Lights of Viking’s van, drove up the driveway of the hotel to pick us up. It was just a short drive to the Abisko Guesthouse where the dinner would take place.

The Sami tent is set up on their parking lot. It was already nice and warm when we entered.

Dinner was good, the meal was not something that I was expecting when I read that it was a BBQ dinner. It was tasty nonetheless. There was also more than enough and everybody could get a second and maybe even a third portion.

The guide, or should I say the chef on duty, told us various stories about the Sámi and their reindeer-herding activities.

The Sámi are the only people allowed to do this professionally so each time that you eat reindeer you can be sure that it is coming from them.

Having dinner during our Northern might tour in Abisko
Dinner before our tour

About 1.5 hours later, when everybody had eaten enough, we went to the guesthouse to get dressed for the excursion.

That was also the time for a last toilet stop before we set off.

The toilets are inside the guesthouse. There were only a few toilets and you had to take your shoes off at the entrance. This caused some extra delay.

The clothes hang in a separate building next to the guesthouse. There are more than enough clothes but much of the material has seen better days.

Some boots required separate warmers, others didn’t.

It also seemed as if not everything was neatly arranged. The whole getting-dressed step was a little chaotic and took longer than expected.

It was well past 8 PM when our van set course for our Northern Lights spotting location.

This turned out to be a cabin near a frozen lake not too far from the E10.

2 tour guides joined us on this trip.

One guide set up his camera and indicated where you could set up your camera in case the Northern Lights would appear.

Me, and a few others who were also equipped with a camera and tripod, got set up as well.

Abisko with a clear sky
Clear skies but the aurora did not show

The second guide went to the cabin to heat it and stayed there to take care of the snacks and drinks.

It didn’t take long before we all got cold and went to the cabin.

Drinks and snacks were provided in the cabin. There was a lot of smoke inside, and your eyes pecked, but it was warm and better than waiting outside.

It was a pity that no information was given during the wait so all participants killed the time by talking to each other about their other trips and destinations.

Around 11 PM we wrapped up the tour and headed back to the guesthouse. We took off the snowsuits and boots and around midnight we were back in our hotel.

We got an email the next day that we could book another tour with them for free because we didn’t see the Northern Lights. That’s a kind gesture, I don’t know if this is something they do all the time or if it was related to the fact that we expressed our discontent about our silent guide.

To put it in context, you must know that tours are almost always fully booked for the coming days. So you should not expect to use your voucher in the near future. I don’t know what they would do if you have booked multiple tours with them and ask if you can use the voucher towards one of the future tours you had already booked, it may be worth giving that a shot.

Highlights

  • The traditional BBQ meal with reindeer meat
  • Opportunity to see the Northern Lights

Includes

  • Pick-up from your hotel in Abisko
  • Dinner
  • Warm clothing including snowsuits and boots, unfortunately, the boots were definitely past their prime. Other tour operators offered more recent and more qualitative clothing.
  • The tour includes a reindeer meal, if you don’t have the chance to taste reindeer meat anywhere else this is a good opportunity
  • The clothes, particularly the boots, are definitely past their prime
  • Our guide that joined us on the northern lights tour was not really chatty. It’s not his fault that there were no Northern Lights that night but we would have enjoyed the 4-hour wait much more if he would have at least tried to entertain us a little
  • The tour is almost never canceled, not even when the odds of seeing the aurora are minimal (this is the same for all tours).
The boots we you use during our aurora tour in Abisko.
The boots were past their prime

Conclusion

It is of course a pity that we did not see the northern lights during this tour, but it’s obvious that the organization cannot do anything about it.

However, they could have made the 3 hours we waited hopefully for something in the sky to appear, a little more informative and entertaining.

If you see the Northern Lights your experience will probably be very different and you may care less about what the tour guide contributes to the tour.

Because we just sat there and waited, we felt that the guides could have done more.

That was our main criticism of the tour.

Looking at the reviews it seems that often another team of tour guides organizes this tour.

Other guests give the tour 5-star reviews and their experience is very different from ours.

I suppose we had some bad luck with the team and the weather which made for a subpar experience on our end.

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Small Group Tour Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern lights was a highlight of our trip in Swedish Lapland.
The Northern Lights

Kiruna Northern Lights Tour With BBQ Dinner

Abisko is a tiny village with only a handful of accommodations.

If you don’t book your hotel far in advance you will likely need to stay in Kiruna.

That’s why there are also Northern Lights tours in Abisko that provide a pick-up and drop-off in Kiruna.

This tour is exactly the same as the one mentioned above.

The only difference is that it includes transport from and to Kiruna.

Highlights

  • The traditional BBQ meal with reindeer meat
  • Opportunity to see the Northern Lights

Includes

  • Pick-up from several locations in Kiruna
  • Transport from Kiruna to Abisko and back
  • Dinner
  • Warm clothing including snowsuits and boots, unfortunately, the boots were definitely past their prime. Other tour operators offered more recent and more qualitative clothing.
  • The tour includes a reindeer meal, if you don’t have the chance to taste reindeer meat anywhere else this is a good opportunity
  • Transport from Kiruna to Abisko and back is included
  • The clothes, particularly the boots, are definitely past their prime
  • Our guide that joined us on the northern lights tour was not really chatty. It’s not his fault that there were no Northern Lights that night but we would have enjoyed the 4-hour wait much more if he would have at least tried to entertain us a little
  • The tour is almost never canceled, not even when the odds of seeing the aurora are minimal (this is applicable to all tours).

Conclusion

Hotels and guesthouses in Abisko are often fully booked one year in advance. We understand that not everybody can plan that long in advance.

That’s where this tour comes to the rescue. Thanks to this tour you can hopefully still see the Northern Lights in Abisko without having to drive yourself in the dark.

We did this tour ourselves, albeit from Abisko. You can read our full review above.

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Kiruna Northern Lights Tour With BBQ Diner

If you are staying in Kiruna, check out our overview of the best Northern Lights tours in Kiruna.

Stejk Street Food
We also went to Stejk one night

Aurora Borealis Tour Kiruna – Abisko with local street food

This is a small-group tour that leaves from Kiruna. The meeting point is at Stejk Street Food at 8 PM, pick-up is not included.

The tour starts with dinner in the Tipi tent of Stejk street food.

We went there ourselves one evening and can absolutely recommend the place. The owners are cheerful and turn a smile on your face from the moment you arrive.

Their reindeer and moose sandwiches are yummy!

From there you will board a van and your guide will set course towards the Abisko National Park in a quest to find the Northern Lights.

The full tour, including dinner, lasts 5 to 6 hours approximately.

Highlights

  • A juicy meal at Stejk Street Food
  • The opportunity to see the Northern Lights

Includes

  • Dinner at Stejk Street Food
  • We went to Stejk once ourselves and absolutely liked it
  • A small-group tour with a maximum of 6 participants
  • No warm clothing included
  • The tour is almost never canceled, not even when the odds of seeing the aurora are minimal (this is the same for all tours).

Conclusion

Stejk Street Food is an excellent choice for a quick meal.

However, it is a pity that the organizer expects you to come here yourself and does not provide a pick-up.

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Northern Lights Tour With Street Food

The Northen Lights
The Northern Lights seen from our lodge in Kiruna

Abisko Northern Lights Photography Tour: Our Review

This tour is for people who don’t have a “real” camera because they use the camera functionality of their mobile phone.

A mobile phone cannot take pictures of the Northern Lights as you see them on the internet.

To do that, you need a camera whose aperture, shutter speed, and ISO can be set.

That’s just a bit too much for a phone, even when you use it in PRO mode.

To take the pictures with your camera you will need to be comfortable using it in manual mode.

This is the second tour we have done ourselves.

Again, we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights… you would start to doubt if the blue hole is not just a myth… but still, thousands of others preceded us and saw them.

Apparently, we were just unlucky when we were here.

The tent at our vantage point;
The tent at our vantage point

The tour itself was a very different experience from the other one we did.

We were, of course, a bit disappointed that we again didn’t see the northern lights, but here the guide was very enthusiastic and has been telling us stories non-stop.

We left knowing a lot more about the Sámi, the Northern Lights, the national park, and its wildlife.

The tour started with a pick-up at our hotel at a quarter to 8 and a short drive to the Abisko.net hostel.

There we got our snowsuit and boots, they were of a remarkable better quality than the ones we got during the other tour.

Next, our guide told us how to use the camera equipment.

Everybody gets a camera and tripod during this tour.

The cameras are preset to the correct settings, but based on her explanation, you can fine-tune them to your personal preferences.

Or, if you have your own gear, you can use her advice to set it up correctly in anticipation of the Northern Lights.

Then she briefly explained how to set up the tripod and how to attach it to the backpack with the camera.

To take home your own pictures of the aurora you will need to bring a standard size SD-card. If you don’t have one of your own you can buy one from them (They charge 200SEK, I think you should be able to find them cheaper yourself).

The guide told me that SD adapters sometimes do not work in their camera but I didn’t have any problems using a micro-SD card with an adapter for Sylvia’s camera.

After we all were dressed and ready with the camera gear we hopped on the sled that was waiting outside.

Our guide jumped on the snowmobile and so we drove to the lookout point.

Boarding the sled during our Northern Lights tour.
Boarding the sled

Once we arrived she helped everyone set up the tripod and camera and started the stove in the tent.

The tent was very tempting because of the cold and the thick flakes of snow that fell from the sky.

It didn’t take long before we all hid there.

The mode of transport depends on where you are going. It is therefore also possible that you will go to another location in a minibus.

Luckily our guide kept the conversation going the whole time.

She started by giving more background information about the aurora and from there the conversation continued about the Sámi, the park, and its wildlife.

Cookies and lingonberry juice were going around the whole time.

Every once in a while she peeked outside but the weather did not improve.

Close to 11 PM, when it was clear that this would not be our night, our guide decided to do some photography tricks so that we would at least be able to leave with some fun memories about our tour. She helped everyone with some light writing tricks.

What do you think of me with my angel wings below?

We were back in our hotel around midnight.

My angel wings

Highlights

Because we didn’t see the northern lights, it was the guide who made the difference.

Thanks to her interesting stories about the Sámi and the national park it didn’t feel like 3 completely wasted hours.

We left knowing more about the area and with some tips about other activities we could do in the coming days.

Includes

  • Pick-up from all over Abisko
  • Use of camera, tripod, backpack, and a headlamp
  • Warm clothing including snowsuits and boots
  • Qualitative gear, both the clothes, boots as well as the camera and tripod
  • A good guide who was very informative and well versed in photography.
  • A small-group tour with a maximum of 8 participants
  • No pictures of the Northern Lights but at least some fun light writing shots
  • The tour is almost never canceled, not even when the odds of seeing the aurora are minimal (it was snowing on our night).
The camera you get during the photography tour.
The camera you get during the photography tour

Conclusion

This tour is highly recommended, especially if you don’t have a camera and still like to take pictures of the northern lights yourself.

The fact that you get a camera and tripod during this tour is a real plus.

We also loved our guide who was clearly passionate about the region and the aurora.

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Northern Lights Photography Tour

Northern Lights
The magical Northern Lights

Guided Aurora Chasing By Car in Abisko

If you’re looking for a plain and simple Aurora tour, this may be the one for you.

The tour lasts 2 to 3 hours and pick-up from your location in Abisko is included.

Warm snowsuits, as well as socks, boots, and hats, are all provided.

You will then go in search of the Northern Lights in a mini-bus.

The driver will take you to one or more places depending on the weather conditions. As long as there is nothing to see, you can wait in comfort in the heated van.

Highlights

This is a no-frills tour, its only highlight is the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Not that that is a problem, it is the reason you do the tour in the first place.

Includes

  • Pick-up from all over Abisko
  • Warm clothing including snowsuits and boots
  • A no-frills tour
  • There is a maximum of 32 participants, this is a large group
  • The tour is almost never canceled, not even when the odds of seeing the aurora are minimal (this is true for all tours).

Conclusion

A no-frills tour to see the Northern Lights. A good option if you don’t have a car or you don’t want to drive yourself at night.

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Aurora Chasing Tour With Car

Snowmobile Banff Golden Canada
kris riding a snowmobile

Northern Lights Snowmobile Trip

An aurora tour can’t go wrong once the northern lights show up in the sky.

But why not make it even more epic by doing the tour on a snowmobile? This would for sure make it an experience of a lifetime.

And it has the added benefit that, even if the sky remains black (or grey), you still did this cool snowmobile excursion that you can brag about to your friends.

You do not need to have experience driving a snowmobile but if you don’t feel comfortable driving yourself you can join the tour in a sled pulled by a snowmobile.

Highlights

Chase the Northern Lights atop a snowmobile. You can opt to drive yourself or you can share a sled with your friend or loved one and take turns driving.

Includes

  • Pick-up from various locations in Abisko
  • Warm clothing including snowsuits, hats, gloves, and boots
  • Hot drinks and snacks
  • A small-group tour of max 10 participants
  • Visit places that you can’t reach with a car
  • Opportunity to see wildlife
  • The tour is almost never canceled, not even when the odds of seeing the aurora are minimal (this is true for all tours).

Conclusion

Combine 2 fun things and the result will be even more fun.

Driving your own roaring snowmobile is an item that is high on many people’s bucket lists, so why not do it here on your quest to spot the aurora?

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Northern Lights Snowmobile Tour

Is An Abisko Northern Light Tour Worth It?

A tour is not a must but it can certainly be worth it, it can improve the experience of your Northern Lights adventure, as long as you pick the tour that suits you.

A no-frills tour, where you’re driven in a van to one or more vantage points, may not be worth it if you have a car and don’t mind driving yourself after dark.

In that case, you can also drive to a quiet place to enjoy the aurora yourself.

However, after dark, do not stop at the side of the E10. There are heavy trucks that might not notice you or only when it’s too late.

A photography tour is ideal if you don’t have a traditional camera or if you don’t feel comfortable using it in manual mode.

Seeing the Northern Lights can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and with the tips of the photographer/guide, you can capture your own images of this unique experience.

Lastly, there are the snowmobile tours. What we love about these is that they combine 2 exciting activities.

Seeing the Northern Lights is already so much fun, imagine what it’s like to see them from your own snowmobile.

Still, it’s never certain that you will actually see the aurora.

By doing one of these tours you can be sure that you had a great evening even if you don’t see the Northern Lights.

Do You Need To Book A Northern Lights Tour In Advance?

Not many tours are organized in Abisko, so it is best to book them in advance.

The unfortunate thing is that you don’t know what the weather will be like at the time of your tour.

However, if you wait until a few days in advance, there is a good chance that you will no longer find a tour.

To increase your chances, you can book tours on multiple days.

Remember the saying that there is an 80% chance of seeing the Northern Lights if you stay on watch for 3 days.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many options for spotting the Northern Lights in Abisko. Here we have listed the main ones.

Make sure to also read our other tips for more amazing winter activities in Abisko. Abisko is known for the Northern Lights but you will be surprised by all the other experiences that await you.

Have a great winter adventure!

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