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Northern lights are dancing above Lapporten mountains in Abisko. By Torne lake, a pitched tent is lit from inside.
Northern lights, Lapporten, Swedish Lapland
Photo: Hjalmar Andersson/

Things to do

Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis trips and holidays

The best chance of seeing the Northern Lights at Abisko is between November and end March.

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, appear around the beginning of September in and around Kiruna to around the end of March all over Swedish Lapland. So if you are on holiday here for winter activities such as skiing, dog sledding, snowmobile tours etc you may see them. 

But for the very best chance of seeing the Northern Lights you should make the trip to the Aurora Sky Station in Abisko National Park. There are no guarantees, but being surrounded by mountains, Abisko is known for its clear skies, so there’s a good chance.

A chairlift takes you up to the observation tower, as well as the station’s Northern Lights exhibition, café and souvenir shop. Do dress properly for your visit, and we don’t mean a tuxedo or cocktail dress. It is fearsome cold and you should attire accordingly.

Happy Northern Lights hunting! 

When is the best time to watch the Northern Lights in Sweden?

November to March is the best period for seeing this natural wonder.