The end of my June road trip through the Lofoten Islands with my brother and our German friend wrapped up in northern Sweden. Following watching the midnight sun on the beach in Laukvik, we left next morning to Abisko for a couple nights of camping in Lapland (end of June, beginning of July) before Martin and I flew to our respective homes via Kiruna and Bob headed to Nikkaluokta. I stayed in the hostel at STF Mountain Station Abisko this past winter while my sister was visiting Sweden, and we had a fabulous time, so camping at the STF was an obvious choice. Even though the camp ground was unusually cramped and the mosquitos waging a war, it was nice to be back in the ‘camping land of luxury’ that Swedish STFs offer.
While Bob and Martin spent the days fishing (outside the park as its not allowed in Abisko National Park), I went on two day hikes: the first on the Kungsleden along the river, and the second up Njulla Mountain at around 1169 meters to Abisko Sky Station and back along the opposite side of the river of Kungsleden. The latter I took a trail (map available at Abisko tourist station) up along the water fall that follows the same trajectory as the ski lift (which still operates in summer) up to the Sky Station. Though it looks quite steep, its a fairly easy hike and took me no more than an hour. I continued further into the mountains, exploring peak before heading down the mountain on the west side and following the river back to Abisko. Njulla had beautiful views and well worth the trip, but the north side of the river was miserably flooded so I recommend either finding a place to cross onto the Kungsleden, the King’s Trail, or taking the same path back as up to the Sky Station. Furthermore, mosquitos in northern Sweden are relentless and unfortunately I wasn’t adequately prepared! Overall, it was really nice to see the contrast of Abisko in the summer after visiting so recently this winter. Both seasons have so many outdoor activities to offer.
On our last day, while I was hiking, a VERY proud Martin caught quite the prize catch for a perfect last dinner on our 2013 Scandinavian road trip. I might venture to say this made up for his lost rod way back on the first day of the adventure!