How To See the Northern Lights On a Budget

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If you’ve ever dreamt of seeing the Northern Lights, you’re not alone.

The Northern Lights are one of the most incredible natural wonders in the world but they can be an expensive experience.

The fact is, the aurora zone lies in some of the most expensive countries (Canada, Finland, Norway, and Sweden) and staying a few days may end up burning a hole in your pocket.

Read on for tips and tricks on how to see the Northern Lights on a budget.

Where’s the Best Place to Watch the Northern Lights?

Abisko in Sweden is one of the best places to catch the Northern Lights on a budget.

But don’t associate budget-friendly with poor experience, because this isn’t the case!

Abisko is surrounded by mountains and has very little precipitation compared to the other places within the within the aurora zone.

The Northern Lights are one of the most elusive natural phenomena, so you’ll need to be patient and lucky to see them for yourself.

Being able to see the Northern Lights are never guaranteed, but you’ll be comforted to know that Abisko is located right in the center of the Aurora Oval and generally has very clear skies.

Based on statistics, you have an 88% chance to catch the aurora borealis if you spend 3 nights in Abisko. If you spend 5 nights in town, you’ll increase that probability to 98%!

How Much Does It Cost to See the Northern Lights?

The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most beautiful natural phenomena and can be a pricey experience.

The best thing to do is to join a group tour – this will run you about $220 USD. The tour guides are familiar with the area and can take you to the best spots.

Alternatively, you can go to the observation center at Abisko Sky Station for a chance to spot the phenomenon.

Tip: Ideally, you’d want to stay 5 nights in Abisko. This almost guarantees you’ll get a good sighting.

How To Get To Abisko On Budget

The quickest and most reasonably priced option would be to take a flight from Stockholm to Kiruna.

There is a train that takes you there for marginally cheaper but who really wants to sit on a train for 17 hours?!

Make sure you book your flight in advance, ticket prices rise pretty quickly during peak season.

Once in Kiruna, take a one-hour train ride to Abisko. You can book your ticket on the official website of Swedish Railways.

Where to Stay in Abisko

Abisko is a small village in northern Sweden that’s surrounded by impressive natural beauty, providing a break from the city life.

Most hotels are within walking distance from the train station. Make sure you book in advance, cheaper accommodations sell out pretty fast!

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Abisko, consider one of these hotels:

Abisko Guesthouse and Activities
Abisko Mountain Lodge
STF Abisko Turiststation

Where to Eat in Abisko

There aren’t many dining options available in this small town, the best thing to do would be to buy food at the local grocery store and make your meals at home.

During the winter months, daylight only lasts for a couple of hours so you’ll be spending most of the time indoors anyways.

If you’re craving for some restaurant-made meals, check out Brasserie Fjällköket for some Scandinavian bites or Lapporten for some bar food.