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Conquer the Kungsleden Trail

Listed under Trekking in Norrland, Sweden.

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The Kings Trail! Crossing dramatic wild territory across Sweden’s remote northern wilds, Lapland, hikers push 440kms from to Hemavan. Four weeks walking will take you the whole length but wimps, and people after a quick fix of Lapland’s wild, will want the first and most northern week of walking (this stage is also frequented by day trippers.).

The top of the trail is Arctic Circle wilderness. Progressing south you enter forests of flowers and birch passing glacial valleys, Sweden’s famous long skinny waterfalls and Sami Reindeer herder country. Much tamed in recent times by the Svenska Turistforeningen, friendly planks now protect walkers from the muddiest trenches, use has improved the pathways and those nice people have also built huts at what they consider appropriate day walking distances, very civilised.

If you’re looking for an all inclusive finding yourself type wilderness you’ll be glad to hear you’re also welcome to pitch your tent. Or you can attempt a strolling detour through Sarek National Park, devoid of tracks or any kinds of amenities and only for real Marine types.

Another detour option is an attempt at Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest peak. Not yet quite a walk in the park don’t attempt unless you have some idea of how to behave in the wilderness and certainly only between June and September unless you want the added snow white, cold, wet challenge. Apparently if you can attempt it in winter on skis?

Written by  Kieran Hadford.

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“Lapland: Regal splendour”

By Rhiannon Batten for The Independent First Published Saturday, 23 August 2008 Cresting a snow-covered pass, I climbed carefully over springy turf to a point where the landscape suddenly unfurled in a frenzy of ice-age drama. On this cloudless day the… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Independent, 23 August 2008

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The Kungsleden Trail

A proper wilderness challenge, The Kungsleden skiing and walking trail stretches across Lapland, 450kms through dramatic and empty country between Abisko in the north and Hamavan in the south. The main attraction of this trail, apart from it sounding like a fantastic adventure, must be the setting: a remote wilderness of narrow canyons, rocky valleys laced with streams opening out onto flat, empty grass plains you imagine you can see the curve of the earth on. Mountains tower on either side of you as you travel through forests and across gritty moraine and gravel, testament to the dramatic changes this land has undergone as glaciers have advanced and receded over it. The Kungsleden is a clearly marked trail with cabins supposedly dotted a good distance from each other along its length which supposedly never turn people away even during the summer months when the trail can become popular (its been popular since the 30’s.). Some people even do it once a year. You can camp if you want to get away from other people or you can enjoy the campsite camaraderie of the huts. Most people only do a portion of the trail and because of its popularity there are a variety of transport and access points in and out.

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