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From Stockholm to Kiruna & Abisko

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From the capital city of Sweden, my friend and I moved on to another town for another adventures. We decided to travel up to Abisko, a small little town in the Lapland region of the northern Sweden. There are several ways to reach Abisko from Stockholm; either by bus, train or plane. But due to time constraint, we opted to travel in the faster way which is by taking plane to Kiruna first, and from there we take train to Abisko. 

#1: From Stockhom Arlanda, we flew with Norwegian to Kiruna Airport

#2: We booked the morning flight in order for us to catch train to Abisko

Norwegian is a low-cost airline and it's the largest airline of Norway. We got this one-way flight for €115 (approx. to RM523) for 2 pax and we even included 20kg check-in luggage. Similar like AirAsia, it's no frills airline where you need to pay additional fee for non-essential services such as in-flight meals, entertainment and check-in luggage. Apart from Norwegian, you can search for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) too for direct flight to Kiruna from Stockholm. 

#3: A tiny of Kiruna Airport 

There are two ways to reach Abisko from Kiruna; you can travel by bus or train and my friend opted for the latter. Regardless which option you choose, both departs from Kiruna Central Station. So once we stepped out from the tiny Kiruna Airport, we took airport bus transfer operated by "Hörvalls Bus" heading to "Hjalmar Lundbohmsvägen/Bus station". No prebooking is necessary and you can purchase ticket onboard the bus with cash or credit cards. Bear in mind that there's no ATM available at Kiruna Airport for cash withdrawal, so always bring along your debit/credit cards with you. A single trip cost 110 SEK for adult and 55 SEK for children up to 16 years.  
The reason why my friend chosen to travel by train instead of bus is because there are at least 4 direct trains compare to bus where it only operates 1 daily. And by the time we arrived Kiruna Airport, we unable to catch us with the bus schedule. The train rides took approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach Abisko Ostra and we paid 99 SEK for a single trip. It seems like the airport bus shuttle fares tend to be more pricey than the train fare when the bus ride took less than half an hour ride.   

#4: Abisko Ostra Station

Because Abisko is a small and tiny town, hence there are not many choices when comes to accommodation. It's best to plan your trip ahead. We managed to book this Abisko Guest House at least 4 months in advance before our trip. 

#5: Abisko Guest House, 5 minutes walk from Abisko Ostra Station.

#6: Small but cozy common area

#7: Our favourite area - most of the time we spent our time here

#8: Shared kitchen when guests can cook their meal 

#9: This is how our room looks like 

Date Stayed: 12 September - 14 September 2016 (2 nights) 
Room Rate: 1,180 SEK for an economy twin room with shared bathroom for two nights (Booked via Booking.com)

Not far away from the guest house, there's a small grocery store and to be frank, that's the one and only thing we can visit in the immediate vicinity. With a population less than 100 people, don't expect any upscale restaurants, 5 star hotels and countless of boutique shops here. But to think of it, due to the less population, Abisko tends to be more peaceful, serene and calm than any other places I've been. It's absolutely a perfect place to relax your mind and soul from the hustle and bustle of city life. And also an ideal spot to heal the broken heart too. 

#10: One and only grocery store within the town

#11: Majority of the racks are pretty empty but luckily we managed to buy few things we want

And that's some brief introduction of Abisko town. Wondering why both of us chosen to come here? Stay tune for the next post for more.

#12: Autumn always my favourite season. How about you? 


1 comment:

  1. The aud flight was one od two way fare?

    Really small town, only one grocery shop.


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