Abisko, in the middle of the auroral zone, is considered to be the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis. With its fresh, clear air and its practically permanent cloud-free sky the prerequisites in Abisko are optimal. More or less active northern lights can be seen almost every night.
Prepare yourself for a memorable night-time experience. You can see spectacular eruptions and later at night, calm pulsating aurora. Many people have heard the Aurora Borealis. It’s uncertain if the strange sounds really come from the aurora itself, but with amplifiers you can actually listen to the voices of space.
Inside the Aurora Sky Station, an aurora exhibition emphasizes observing and understanding the northern lights. The observations are made with the help of radio receivers and cameras. A scale model of the solar system helps to better understand the Aurora Borealis.
Turn off your lights and let the chairlift transport you one step closer to space, up to Mt. Nuolja. Slowly you glide up to STF Aurora Sky Station, 900 meters above sea level. The mighty mountains in front of you, a starry sky above you and the silence surrounding you gives you a sense of eternity. The nature itself breathes in anticipation. With some luck you might see a sudden flare of green light, and before you know it the northern lights are dancing in the sky right above you, and you are caught in a meeting between earth and space.
Culture and Traditions, Fire, Ice and Rock
Abisko has long been renowned for its Midnight Sun and Northern Lights. STF Abisko Turiststation worked with travel guides as early as the 1960s-70s, but it wasn’t until 2000 that “Northern Lights in Abisko” was packaged for the first time.
Our Northern Lights success story really begins in 2002 with Japan and a man called Hirohisa Makino. For several years, our site managers had wondered why there were so many Japanese who traveled to Abisko. Makino¸ a Northern Lights fan, answered the question during a visit to Abisko in 2002, by saying “Don’t you know that Abisko is the best place in the world to see the Northern Lights? Everyone else knows about it.” This sowed a seed to plan for future Northern Lights experiences.
In 2004, a Japanese TV team decided to send live broadcasts of Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australiensis (the Northern and Southern Lights) simultaneously. Abisko was the place chosen for the Northern Lights, and Antarctica for the Southern Lights. The timing was perfect for Abisko – the whole sky broke up into a “great northern light” seen by 17 million Japanese people! In Antarctica there was a blizzard.
In 2005, Makino was engaged as a Northern Lights guide, giving us good contact with the Japanese market. But it was another Japanese person who really made the pole tremble completely. One late night in November, a knock came on our front door and a frozen, tall, leather-dressed Japanese man stood outside and just said “Aurora”. He had flown all the way from Tokyo because of the rumor that Abisko had “probably the best Aurora”. Then things happened very quickly: the first Northern Lights camera was set up, our Northern Lights product was developed and, on February 23, 2007 Aurora Sky Station was inaugurated.
Over the years, Aurora Sky Station has received many different awards, prizes and acknowledgements. Most media have acclaimed Aurora Sky Station in Abisko as the world’s best place to experience the Northern Lights. The rest is history and the success story continues – we now also offer Midnight Sun and Northern Lights experiences!