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Abisko Fjallturer Hostel
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Egham, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
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“Awesome place”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

I recommend this accommodation for people that want to go Abisko. Decent price in that area, friendly and helpful hosts. Abisko is awesome, in general, but especially for northern lights,2 of 3 nights we had them and they war quality.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2012

This is a great place to stay at if you long to see the lights but are on a budget. It's a classic hostel accommodation, you get what you pay for.

The room was spacious with a large table which was good. No wardrobes, but then again who needs a wardrobe for a couple of nights right?

No sheets provided, just pillow and a blanket. You can rent them for a fee or bring your own sheets/sleeping bag.

If you like pasta there's plenty of it on the 'free food' cupboard, left behind by guests. Cooking facilities are absolutely fine and the supermarket sells everything you need. I did bring some food as I knew Sweden was quite pricey but you can buy everything in the shop.

The hostel offers free use of sauna but I'm afraid you can only go naked and the towels provided are tiny. And there are no separate times for men / women. I'm not a prude but that I thought was rather a drawback as one should have the option of covering themselves. Also, a lot of couples go there and I think it is unfair for them to have to go naked.

We flew Ryanair to Stockholm then took the train up and stayed here for four nights. We saw the lights on two nights (plus on the train back) and it was amazing.

Do take advantage of the activities the hostel offers. Dog sledging was absolutely the best but the ice fishing and snowshoe hiking with the lovely guide Klas were great too. As for the Northern Lights tour, I don't think its worth paying for because you can easily walk up the hill into the bushes yourself (take a headlight) and stay there for hours waiting for the lights; they are stongest between 9:30 and 11pm. However, it is definitely worth paying for the chairlift to go to Abisko Sky Station, which is about half an hour walk from the hostel ( no need of a torch but it can get a little spooky). The ride up and then back down is awesome and you can stay there for hours and go in the cafe to warm up and get a hot chocolate; they even tell you to go back outside when the lights get strong again.

A couple of things to remember: eating at the restaurants is pricey, so be prepared to cook, and bring your own alcohol! There is no liquer store and, like everywhere in Sweden, the supermarket only sells weak beer. The supermarket offers a great choice tho.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Magdeburg, Germany
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

Location: The location is just near Abisko Ostra railway station. Get down at the station, cross the railway track and walk 200 meters to the direction opposite to where the train is heading (assuming that you take the Stockholm-Narvik night train!). Walkable distance to the lake and super market.

Staff: There is no reception but we found a note on the main doors with our name and the corresponding room. You can check-in after 12:00 PM even in the absence of the owner. He will be back around 4:00 PM to collect the payment. The staff are friendly but I could not take the 5 minute demonstration on how to wash yourself and clean the utensils with minimum amount of water. These guys are very quick in responding to the e-mails and even have a page in facebook.

Rooms: There are four double bedded (bunk beds) rooms on the first floor and we stayed in room number 5. The room was like a cramped prison cell but without any lock!. Room number 5 and the room near the kitchen are too small (and noisy because the kitchen is the only common area in the floor). If your plan to stay there, please ask for a bed in the other two rooms which are much more spacious. The rooms are very simple with out any wardrobe or luggage space. Bring your own linen/sleeping bag or purchase it from the hostel.

Facility: There is only one washroom in each floor. First floor = 1 washroom for 8 guys Ground floor (there is a four bedded dorm) = 1 washroom for 12 guys. Its real inconvenient if the majority of the guests has to get ready at the same time to take the same guided tour. You can rent the jump-in suits, snow shoes and other gears from the hostel. I borrowed the overall suit and snow shoes for free for one night but some other guests had to pay 110 SEK/day for the overall and snow shoes. You can use the internet (wifi) free of cost. There is a sauna (nude) in the hostel and you can use it for free.

In summary, Abisko Fjallturer Hostel is good for people on a budget and who intend to stay short (1 or 2 nights).

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

My boyfriend and I were extremely disappointed with this hostel. It is in such a beautiful location with it's own husky rides, but no attention has been given to the hostel at all.

The rooms in the hostel have no locks on them. This made us feel anxious about our personal security and that of our belongings, particularly as our room adjoined the kitchen. We had a private room for two people. The room was extremely basic with an old bunkbed. The sheets and pillows smelt of dog and looked like they hadn't been washed for a while. I slept in a sleeping bag.

There is one shared bathroom (with shower and toilet) for far too many people. If you need to go to the bathroom you have to wait for people to finish their showers and vice versa. There should really be a few bathrooms for so many rooms.

We found the owner of the hostel to be very rude. He asked for payment the second we arrived. He didn't care about our concern about the lack of a lock on the door. He was also very pushy trying to get us to use his sauna (and the rule in his sauna is that everyone has to be naked).

It's such a shame that more care isn't put into this place. It's very near the station and a supermarket, but still in the middle of nowhere. In winter there is snow all around you and it is beautiful. I went on a husky ride and it was magical driving the sleigh and dogs through snowy forest areas.

You could stay here if you are a budget traveller and want to go husky riding and see the beautiful landscape, but be prepared for the most basic accomodation and bring a sleeping bag.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Albury, Australia
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Reviewed April 28, 2011

This is a great value budget hostel conveniently located near the Abisko Ostra train station (when you step off the train immediately turn to the right, follow the track for 150 meters and cross over at the railway crossing. The hostel is a double storey red building which will be on your left when you cross the tracks).

We stayed in a two bed room, which was very basic (containing a bunk bed) but comfortable enough. The heating was excellent (essential in a very cold part of the world).
Note that sheets are not included in
the room rate.

The kitchen is small but contains everything self caterers require.

The supermarket in Abisko is surprisingly large and well stocked and it is excellent for a small town in such a remote location.

The hostel offers a large range of activities. We did the winterday+ dog sledding tour which was fantastic. Tomas and Andreas are experienced dog sledders, excellent guides and make sure it is a safe and enjoyable experience (even for someone who has never touched a dog sled).

  • Stayed April 2011
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2011

This is a well organised hostel with plenty of excursions and equipment available for hire. Located right opposite the train station (dont worry its not a busy station), the hostel is well kept and clean and attracts mainly exchange students from all over the world (from what we saw).

The staff were friendly and flexible which is needed in the arctic when things go wrong. The German girl working there (sorry we did not get her name) was very nice and friendly, the swedish owner is helpful if not a little eccentric but that is to be expected living in the wilderness.

Compared with other options in the area id say this definitely represents the best value for the budget traveller and is pretty much the number 1 choice for backpackers visiting the abisko area.

There is good kitchen facilities and a supermarket nearby selling a surprisingly large selection of produce.

Just note that dog sledding books out way in advance so dont leave it to teh last minute to arrange this or else you will be disappointed. We also did the Northern lights tour which I wasnt going to bother with (you can see them from the village sometimes so why pay someone to look at them???), in the end i was glad we booked this tour because he took us up on to one of the surrounding hills, and we got a great view (doubt id have been so brave to walk that far on my own), plus hot drinks and lots of info about the area and aurora en route from a very enthusiastic and knowledgable guide.

one last thing, make sure you budget the extra for bed linen (not included in the nightly rate advertised)

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lulea, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2010

The hostel has a great location, only 150 m from the Abisko Ostra train station. The rooms were very clean. There was also a kitchen to cook your own meals in. Tomas and Andreas were very friendly and accommodating. The best part of the stay by far was dog-sledding. Everyone gets to drive their old sled. It is an experience that I won't be forgetting. To top it off, there is a Swedish sauna, cross-country skiing and many beautiful spots within hiking distance.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Abisko Fjallturer Hostel
Address: 32 Lapportsvaegen, Abisko 981 07, Sweden
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Location: Sweden > Norrbotten County > Abisko
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Abisko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are open all year around. With 2 Hostels next to each other we can offer a big variety of accommodation. Sauna warm every evening. We can offer many different activities in Winter, Dogsledding, Northern light, snowmobile, ice-fishing, snowshoe tours and more. ... more   less 

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