Sweden - Lapland
Abisko is a village of a hundred inhabitants located on Nordkalottvägen (in the north of Sweden). This road, inaugurated in 1993 connects Kiruna to the Norwegian border. Before this date, only the railway line which is used for the transport of iron ore from Sweden towards Narvik in Norway was going through this area.
While coming from Kiruna, the landscape of plains changes slowly to become mountainous. One discovers the lake Tornesträk which appears inordinately long , then one arrives at Abisko. This village is famous for its Turiststation, an obliged halt for all the travellers. From there starts Kungsleden (royal Way), a route of excursion which goes through the most wilderness countries of Sweden over 500 km from north to south.
This way goes through the National park of Abisko where a rather rich flora and fauna are found. Almost all the photos below were taken in this park, along Kungsleden.
When continuing the road towards Norway, one goes along imposing mountains. In winter,avalanches are very frequent and it is better not to stop. One arrives at Riksgränsen (Limits of the Kingdom), a ski resort located at the border. The weather often changes while passing the border. The influence of the very close Atlantic is felt and the weather is very rainy and less cold. Paradoxically, Riksgränsen is the place more sprinkled of Sweden and Abisko located 30 km at the east holds the palm of the place where it rains the less in Sweden. That is explained by the fact that Abisko is sheltered by mountains.
After the border, the road goes down very quickly towards a fjord and joined Narvik.