We finally made the long hike down to Abiskojaure and what an awesome place to be. The cabins are situated on a beautiful lake which is surrounded by mountain ridges covered in golden birch trees. Quite a site. There are some really nice designated camping areas between the cabins and the lake. Perfect! By now the winds were completely calm, amazing. So after pitching the tent I hiked down through the forest and headed to the lake to see if there were any views to photograph. Wow, just a 180 degree view and the lake was perfectly calm. Stood around for a while and just soaked it all in. Went back to the tent for a bite to eat and then went back up to the cabins to hang out with Gunnar, Simona and Rob and do our usual story swapping of the day's adventure. Rob and I went back to the lake later that night to see if we could catch the hawk owls that had been flying around down there a little earlier. Sure enough, they were still there and we just watched and marveled at the beautiful birds and their amazing flying acrobatics.
So, while we were taking in the hawk owls, Rob and I talked a little bit about aurora and the possibility of seeing one. I had never seen one but Rob had and I was really hoping that we would see one at Abiskojaure or maybe the next night at Abisko. Abisko is known to be one of the best places in the world to view the aurora. So, while we were chatting, the bright moon began to illuminate the clouds on the horizon hanging over the massive lake. I noticed a bright light in the sky that was moving much like the clouds but somehow different. As we looked at it a little more closely we quickly realized that the greenish light dancing around in the sky was not a cloud but an aurora! Hard to describe the feeling of seeing a natural phenomena for the first time. No matter how many photos you see of a place or an event, this doesn't quite compare or even prepare you for seeing it in person. Easily a highlight of the trip for me. Although the aurora wasn't super strong and didn't last long, it was enough to light the fire for me to want come back again and explore the northern lights from Abisko, just up the trail.
I would also add that the area around Abiskojaure would be a favorite stop for me. Up there with the cabins at Sälka. The cabins at Abiskojaure also have a small kiosk for food and a nice sauna down by the lake. But the massive lake, mountains, and fall color in the surrounding birch forest are a combination that's hard to beat. Sure hope to make it back to Abiskojaure in a Fall season not too far down the road. Just an idyllic place to be...
Start Time: 9:30am
Finish Time: 5:00pm
Distance Hiked: 21K