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“Did the dog sledding this time superb” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Abisko Fjallturer Hostel

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Abisko Fjallturer Hostel
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147 reviews
103 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Did the dog sledding this time superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013

this was my second visit to abisko and this time i made sure i booked the dog sledding. Harnessing the dogs and the interactive element is second to none

this hostel is great and the owners really cool and helpful.

Sauna is great and the free hire of snowsuits and cross country ski's is always helpful.

the best choice in abisko and always a pleasure

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at the hostel, we were in room 4. The room we were in was small but cozy and was nice and warm. The only issue with it was that entrance to it was via the kitchen, which meant, on one night, we were constantly woken by other guests at the hostel, who stayed up very late talking. This is obviously not the hostel's fault, but perhaps it does make room 4 less than ideal. We did request a 2 bed room though, so maybe this was one of the only rooms of this kind available.

The kitchen was nice and spacious and easily accommodated a number of people preparing food at once. The supermarket in Abisko was odd - half the floor space is dedicated to lollies/candy and all of the meat was expensive, frozen and a lot of it was processed - we ended up finding some Reindeer fillets which were delicious. Fruit and veg was somewhat lacking also. We did our best on the food front.

With that said, everything else was outstanding. Each night the sauna was available for use - the sauna was excellent and probably the best I've experienced. The fact we were required to go naked was a shock at first but once we were in there we didn't feel uncomfortable at all - we even went for a run and roll in the snow, before going back in!

On one of the days we went for a very long walk, which was amazing. The hostel is perfectly situated for trekking through the wilderness, and Tomas gave us instructions on the best routes. We did get a bit lost but found a number of the locations Tomas spoke of, and they were spectacular, particularly the view from the top of the first 'hill' - i've never seen anything like it. Also, we were able to see/meet the huskies - we were a bit disappointed we were unable to go dogsledding, but this was due to the lack of substantial snow cover, it wasn't due to the hostel.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the northern lights whilst in Abisko as it was too cloudy - I guess we'll have to try again another time!

Room Tip: Do shopping in Kiruna as 'proper' food is somewhat limited in Abisko. If after a twin bed r...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

We opted for the WinterDay+ dog sledding option with Tomas. We were picked up from Abisko STF and brought to the hostel. After suiting up, if you needed, to we made our way over to the kennels. You really get a hands on experience as firstly you have to harness the dogs in the kennels. Once all the dogs were harnessed Tomas told us which dogs went on which sled and we had to attach their harnesses to the sleds. After a bit of instruction (and a lot of howling) we were ready to go. The sledding was fast, sometimes hard work, scary, and absolutely fantastic! Our group had some spectacular falls – me included – but it only adds to the experience, as does trying to catch someone else’s unoccupied sled! Mel took some fantastic photos along the way which we are able to download later. When we got back to the kennels all the dogs had to be put back in their runs and the harnesses removed. We were dropped back to the Turiststation afterwards. Highly recommended fun day out.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

We enjoyed our stay here but it's important to remember that this is the budget option for Abisko - it's great value of money for this part of the world. I think there have been a number of improvements to the hostel in the last few months. The new sauna block means there are new ground floor showers (even if you do have to pop outside to get to them!), so no waiting for people to finish with the toilet/shower, and the rooms have been refurbished. Everyone there was very friendly, owners, staff and other residents included.
We were initially in room 4 on the ground floor, which is right off the kitchen and was very noisy in the mornings and didn't feel very private. However, as we were there for four nights, on our third day we were allowed to move to room 3, which was a lot nicer. There isn't much sound proofing in general, however, so if you're staying up late to watch for the northern lights don't expect to sleep in as other guests will be preparing for trips etc.
The kitchen was well equipped and spacious, though it was nice to have a table and chair in our room for when the kitchen was particularly busy.
The dog sledding is a must, and it was great to be able to borrow warm weather gear from the hostel while we were there - in December, we needed it!
We unfortunately were initially quite unlucky with regards to the northern lights - the apparently clear skied Abisko was cloudy and activity was low - the aurora became somewhat of a joke amongst the guests. However, we were glad we stayed four nights, as we finally got a good show on our last night there - the Sky Station live camera on the website is useful for checking if there is any current activity whilst staying in the warm! We found a good spot to watch the aurora from up the hill past the Mountain Lodge (about a 5 min walk), though if you're looking for no light polution, the turistation area might be better.
We also went to Abisko's restaurant, which was very nice and reasonably priced, while the supermarket is well stocked.
We would stay again, but maybe at a different time of year, either in the summer or autumn (when the lights are stronger apparently), and probably for a shorter time.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Mel, Tomas and Andreas are very warm people. Value for money. The dog sledding was awesome. However on the night we were there the heating was minimal. still it was an experience to remember. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

I stayed in the hostel approximately a year ago (March 2011). This place is the best value for money in Abisko where everything is expensive. The family who run the hostel is very nice & helpful, the room is quite clean, and you can borrow boots & coverall for free. They also provide some packages of activities that you can choose.
It is located near the Abisko train station, a gas station where the bus stop, and a grocery shop in case you need something. There's also some spots not far from the hostel if you want to see northern lights. Overall, a recommended place for budget traveler.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gdansk, Poland
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10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

I have been to this place twice, and I look forward for yet another visit! It is a marvelous place both for summer treks and winter northern lights hunting. The place is decent, but cozy. The facilities are clean, even if the shower area (shared) requires some mending. The staff organizes wonderful additional attractions (dog sledge; night treks etc) but still the best one is the real SAUNA on the very site – attention – they keep an eye to have it “the real” ie. “natural” ie. “traditional” ie. “naked” way! It is not a must, if you do not want, but it is a must if you want to get the real experience of the subarctic area and it the best place to rest and chat after a day in permafrost. And one more thing – it is 2min (!) walk from the station, easy accessible even if you have lots of luggage; the trains are passing just out of the kitchen window but this creates no problem (the most silent trains I have ever seen!) and actually some crazy trainspotters (railfans if you prefer) would love it.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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