For those who want to go on a shorter tour in the National Park, a Sami settlement or the Abiskoeatnu canyon work well as destinations. These walks take about an hour.
About the activity
Take the designated path behind the railway station. After 300 m you will come to the Sami camp, a reconstruction of life in an autumn and spring camp. The camp contains storage buildings, Sami wooden huts and drying facilities.
Most people visit the canyon on the north side of the motorway E10. Many think this is the most beautiful part of the canyon.
From naturum Abisko visitor centre you can go west directly, or you can start by going north, past the tourist station and youth hostel and then west (this is a more accessible pathway).
You follow the yellow marked trail. When you are approaching the canyon, you pass a small cottage and a museum, then you pass a tunnel wich has been decorated by an artist. You continue to the west and reach Abiskojåkka and the canyon.
On the west side of the river, you can follow the canyon along a wooden pathway for about 300 metres. Then you reach a picnic area and the "golden crown" which is the symbol of the Swedish National Parks.
The canyon consists of hard schist and dolomite, and has rich vegetation. Dippers nest in the area.
When the wooden planway stops, you can continue on a small and rocky path. There is a bridge over the canyon and from here there are nice photo opportunities. If you like you can go back on a path on the eastern side of the canyon. There is also a gravel road leading to lake Torneträsk.
You can also walk through the tunnel to the south side of E10 and watch Abiskojåkka. From the small road south of and parallell to E10 motorway, you can see the Abiskojåkka river tumble down a tunnel dug beneath the 1899 railway building.