Author: Yellow Duckie
•17:51
There is no word that could describes the beauty of Abisko, thus I will not put any energy into descrbing the beauty of this place. As the train pulls closer to my stop Abisko Östra, I could not believe what was revealed before my eyes: snow –capped mountain surrounding the train tracks and it does feel as though we were gliding through the snow mountain of the north. Wait a minute, I am in the NORTH :)

There is hardly any information on the net that is of good assistance to get to this place. Thus, once again, I have ventured into the wilderness of Sweden without much preparation.

After enduring 18 hours of train ride, I am relieved that it was all worth it after all. Although I didn’t managed to get a bed at the Turistation, staying in Abisko Fjällturer (Youth hostel) at Abisko Östra , was indeed a blessing, The owner, Öljan, was such a sweet host and equipped me with all the necessary gear for my cross country skiing and hiking without any charge!

Öljan fixing the dog sledge gears.

Taking Öljan’s advise (the first half of the day I was there), I went on a cross country skiing on the lake, yes ON the lake. Initially when he suggested that to me the idea of cross country skiing on the lake, I was in great hesitation. One, I have not skied for ages( 7 years ago what the last time I hit the slope) and secondly, the sun was shinning so bright that I think some part of the lake would have melted. Öljan, with his humour, sarcastically asked me if I planned to stay on the lake for 3 weeks (as the lake will probably melt in 3 weeks time) and reminded me that it is merely impossible to fall while skiing on a FLAT ground.

I am glad to have taken his advice as the journey to the open lake was indeed splendid! If was like gliding into the openness on the lake with unobstructed view of the mountains beyond the horizon. The silence of the lake simply left me drown in it’s tranquility. The vastness of this made me feel really insignificant and indeed I can’t help but to feel His presence. The majestic of His glory is all portrayed before my naked eyes. I was left awe-struck and lost of words.

View on the Lake

Alot of people were drilling holes on the lake to fish. This cute lil' boy was proudly showing me his catch!

Although I was tempted to hop on the train to Riksgräsen to join the majority in enjoying the last skiing trip for the year, I had to keep my focus in view. The sole reason why I endure the 18-hour train ride to Abisko: to capture the much boasted beauty of the Lappland. I spent two days hiking in the different trail and hoping to capture at least most of the highlights. I have to admit that hiking was tough during this time of the year as you will need a snow shoe (which makes you invincible on the ice track :P) and tracking with these racquets is tiring. Not to forget the muddy tracks and puddle of water all over the tracks, they are quite tricky and down right annoying.

Kungsleden (King’s Trail)
View from one of the spot along Kungsleden
I went up to Mount Nuolja, where the Abisko Panaromic vew cafe is situated (right on the peak of the mountain). The chair lift ride was indeed a great relief to my tired feet.
At the peak of Mount Noulja (I am not in a studio, just in case you are wondering)
Kårsavagge was the next trail I attempted. I was promised a waterfalls which I didn't get to see but due to the heavy snow shoe, I decided to call it a day after the 5 km trail. I am still amazed how I can trample 5 km with that giant shoe. The view...simply breathtaking...again I will not make an effort to describe it.
After two days of walking, my last trail was the Gorge, short distance with great view

I am left speechless...
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