Kungsleden

Trail specs

Distance (mi.) Stages Elevation Gain (ft) Best Time Difficulty
264
28
28000

Jun to Sep

  

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Trail description

Kungsleden, or literally translated the King’s Route, is a trip that is not only loved by hikers, but also by skiers. At the beginning of the 20th century the path was give life by the “Svenska Turistföreningen”. With the design of the route they wanted to show people the beauty of Lapland. Today we can say that they have succeeded wonderfully in achieving that goal, since Kungsleden has become the most famous long-distance hiking trail in Lapland. It is a reasonably busy route, so fear of being all alone on the trail is not necessary. Especially the part between Abisko and Nikkaluokta is very popular. Abisko is situated in the far north of Sweden and is therefore located in the middle of the midnight sun area.

Photo by Borkia

If you don’t like hiking on a crowded trail, you better avoid the period that the “Fjällraven Classic” is organized. The “Fjällraven Classic” is an event that brings together around 2,000 adventurers from all over the world every year.

Kungsleden is a very well maintained route, that is marked extremely clear. Even in winter you can easily find your way. An adapted winter marking is then provided. The best period for a winter trekking is February to April.

Photo by LindenP

After each stage there is a hut or hotel where you can spend the night. In general, the cabins in the north are slightly better than those in the south.
You can also choose to pitch your tent every night. In Sweden, Norway and Finland the so-called “everyman’s right” or freedom to roam applies. It is not an official law, but an age-old right that allows you to fully enjoy the beautiful nature. The right of public access allows you to camp freely anywhere in the country. Of course, you must first request permission on private property. In addition, you can walk over everyone’s land, as long as you do not bother the owner. You are allowed to make a small campfire, unless it is explicitly prohibited in a certain area. And you can also pick mushrooms and berries for your own consumption. How wonderful, all that freedom!

Photo by jh146

Did your boss not give you enough days off to walk the entire trail at once? Do not panic. It is no problem to hike a shorter part of the route. There are several entry and exit points along the route, thanks to relatively easy connecting roads.

The route leads to the top of the highest mountain in the country: the Kebnekaise. The altitude varies between 6,890 and 6,995 feet. That is not due to the poor measuring skills of the land surveyor, but to the fact that the top is covered by a glacier that is a bit bigger one year than the other. The difficulty of the route is average. You walk through pretty marshy terrain, but usually you can keep your feet dry thanks to wooden paths. When crossing rivers, these dry feet can not always be guaranteed. Especially in the beginning of the summer the water in the rivers can be very high due to the meltwater, so you can not do anything else than wade through the river. Consider possible night frost, even in summer. And last but not least: bring a mosquito repellent to protect yourself from those vicious little creatures.

Photo by Dilettantiquity

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