The best place in the world to see the Northern Lights?

The Aurora Sky Station in Swedish Lapland offers high chances of seeing nature's natural light show


For your best chance at catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights, make a winter trip to the Aurora Sky Station at Abisko National Park, almost 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

Situated on top of Mount Nuolja with hardly a cloud in sight, the outpost offers some of the clearest views of this enchanting phenomenon between November and March.

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Abisko is a 77 km² national park in Swedish Lapland, famous for its natural beauty and Nordic wildlife. It is a hot (cold) spot for winter adventures as well as summer hiking in the midnight sun.

Visitors take a chair lift up to the Aurora Sky Station where they can learn about how the Aurora Borealis observations are made with radio receivers and cameras. They can even book a gourmet Nordic cuisine dinner to be eaten under the Northern Lights.

Abisko is also the start of Sweden's best known skiing and hiking route – the 440 km long the King's Trail (Kungsleden). The national park is set in the Kiruna mountains, which boast pristine snow capped peaks and clean mountain air.

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Due to its location in a low precipitation micro-climate Abisko is said to have more clear nights than virtually any other of the destinations frequently located within the auroral oval (the area on our planet where the lights are currently visible).

Where to see the Northern Lights

Where to see the Northern Lights