Recommended age from 16 years old. The Kungsleden (literally “King’s Trail”) is the most famous and popular hiking route in Sweden. We will answer you as soon as we can. Book by filling in this booking form online. It takes about a month to hike the whole Kungsleden Trail, but most just walk the first week. On this tour we will be accompanied by a support team that transport the luggage, food and equipment from hut to hut. Distance on skis: 20 km, elevation gain/loss: +100/-400, estimated time out skiing: 7-8h. You will be charged a 20% deposit at time of booking and the rest 30 days before your tour starts. As far as we know, there is no guidebook available for the Kungsleden in winter. If any rules, laws or recommendations prevent you from traveling to our destination, you can cancel your tour or activity up to two weeks before it starts and receive a full refund. SE-962 24 Jokkmokk, Sweden Find all our equipment later in this article. A well-signposted, 500km-long path from Abisko in the north to Hemavan , near Tärnaby , it takes in Sweden’s highest mountain, Kebnekaise , en route. Along the route you find five STF accommodation facilities that are located on the Kungsleden trail, and the STF Kebnekaise mountain station. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding your physical ability or experience level. We can experience sunshine and -10 degrees during the day but also +5 degrees with wet snow and strong winds. That speaks volumes about Sweden’s most well-known hiking trail. Our top information about the Kungsleden: detailed stage descriptions, maps, GPS track. There are bridges across non-fordable streams and during the summer season lakes and rivers c… The King's Trail is situated 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle deep in Swedish Lapland. Kungsleden runs for about 440 kilometres (270 mi) between Abisko in the north and Hemavanin the south. A journey along Kungsleden takes you through verdant mountain heaths surrounded by tarns and dramatic peaks, and the trail also passes through several mountain villages. We also recommend you to have a valid travel insurance and check passport and VISA rules for traveling to Sweden. In addition, there are a few parts of the trail where no official winter trail exists, so one needs to find alternatives to the summer trail. Trek through Swedish Lapland and climb its highest peak on one of Europe's most wild and remote hikes, the 'King's Trail' or 'Kungsleden', on this superb walking holiday. But before we have dinner, we take a well-needed shower and enjoy a hot sauna. Trek through Swedish Lapland and climb its highest peak on one of Europe's most wild and remote hikes, the 'King's Trail' or 'Kungsleden', on this superb walking holiday. In the evening we have dinner together and you have a change to get to know your guide and the other participants in the group. Caisa, who runs the place will cook dinner for us in the evening and prepare the breakfast in the morning. getting water and preparing warm food is also more complicated and time consuming. Accommodation: STF mountain station with a great restaurant and sauna with fantastic view, Stora Sjöfallet Fjällanläggning (hotel, vandrarhem and campsite), We could follow a scooter trail across the ice of the Langas lake (this is however not always possible), Vietas to somewhere between Gagirjaure-lake and Teusajaure-lake (tent), No marked trails on Gagirjaure but a scooter trail to follow, Somewhere between Gagirjaure-lake and Teusajaure-lake to Teusajaure-stugan (STF hut), No marked trails on Teusajaure but a scooter trail to follow, Teusajaure to Singi (STF hut) via Kaitumjaure (STF hut), Sälka to Alesjaure (STF hut) via Tjäktastugan (STF hut). The trail is an experience for both hikers and skiers – yes, it is possible to travel the path in winter as well, even if it is much more common that guests stay at one of the mountain stations and make day trips from there. As long as there are restrictions of a maximum of 8 people on gatherings and events we will will only allow 8 people in total on the activities and tours, including the guides. Our idea with this tour is to experience the mountains in a more comfortable way. March 31, 2020 . We will be back in Jokkmokk around 11 on day 6. We furthermore bought a bit of food in mountain stations and STF huts (STF huts and mountains stations generally have a small store). The drive to Jokkmokk takes about 2,5 hours. In the evening we cook tasty dinners and enjoy the luxury of wood heated saunas. Accommodation: Kvikkjokk mountain station with a great restaurant (and a tiny shop), Sitojaure to Saltoluokta (STF mountain station). Your final day in snowshoes will see you leave the Kungsleden long-distance trail. Therefore, we travel in small groups of maximum 12 guests in total. Book your ticket home from Jokkmokk bus station or add transfer to Luleå on your reservation. There is a bus stop (named Åsgatan) only a few hundred meters from the guesthouse where you will be staying. The direct route through the woods is 4km shorter. You can skip the first km or so and the first ascent by taking one of the ski lifts. It starts in Abisko above the Arctic Circle and runs south to the mountain village of Hemavan. And still today it feels like coming home when entering the front door. When skiing you will be carrying a daypack with some warm clothes and safety equipment. You can divide it roughly into five sections: 1. The northern part of the trail is not an easy one due to its very rocky nature, in some places pure boulder hopping. Night temperatures often drop down to -30. For safety reason, you’ll have to carry about 5 kg including some safety gear. Distance on skis: 13 km, elevation gain/loss: +400/-300, estimated time out skiing: 6h. Here is my gear list for my September 2015 hike on Sweden’s Kungsleden trail. They are all certified guides trained in wilderness first aid or live up to the same standard or higher. Sweden’s ‘King’s Trail’ or ‘Kungsleden’ is one of Europe’s wildest and most remote treks. We will be dropped off up in the mountains and continue on skis with light backpacks. You’ll share a room, or cabin, with other participants from the group and access to electricity and cellphone coverage will be very limited. It consists of two parts and together it is a 440 km trail. On this tour you will get the chance to try local specialtiessuch as reindeer, moose and fish from the mountains. We have a detailed gear list – but only in German. It starts in Abisko above the Arctic Circle and runs south to the mountain village of Hemavan. We rejoined the Kungsleden after the lake Dávtájávrrie and camped shortly after that. Lake Lisvuojávrrie to Sjnjultje shelter (raststuga). Get spectacular views of Sarek National Park, Enjoy a mountain SPA with wood-heated saunas, Local English and Swedish speaking guides, Single/double room supplement first and last night: SEK 950/person. Finally, a wish to future Kungsleden skiers: if you are out in the Swedish mountains for some time, you will encounter – rather sooner than later – trash left behind by other skiers or snowmobile drivers. Ski along the eastern border to Sarek National Park following the famous Kungsleden trail in winter. Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain at 2105m. The kungsleden is a nice easy walk from Abisko to Hemavan. Travel here by night train leaving from Stockholm in the evening and arriving Jokkmokk the next morning. The trail is not as well marked (the red crosses are set up quite irregularly) in this section but the scooter trail was very obvious. We discover Sarek National Park during the day and in the afternoon you will have time for a mountain SPA with wood-heated sauna. Please use your ski trip to collect some of that trash and carry it to the next bin or STF hut (where trash is collected/burned). We will meet you at Jokkmokk Guesthouse at 12.00 on day 1. There was plenty of it on Kebnekaise and at Tarfala in September 2016, but keeping to the main Kungsleden trail you shouldn’t have to cross any snow during the summer hiking season, except occasionally at Tjaktja, the highest point of the trail. Adolfström to Pieljekaisestugan (Länsstyrelsen Norrbotten). It’s sometimes crowded, full of excited outdoor enthusiasts. Send us an email to info@laponiaadventures.com You can book flights from Luleå from 15.00 on day 6. Please let us know when making your reservation if you prefer vegetarian or vegan food or if you have any allergies. During this ski tour along Kungsleden in winter we see all kinds of weather. You can purchase both the train and the bus ticket online at sj.se. From the last weeks of June and into early July you can still expect substantial amounts of snow along most of the higher mountain passes of the trail. Price: SEK 16450 In the evening we’ll cook tasty dinners together using local specialities such as moose and reindeer. We start our ski tour in Aktse and continue north finishing in Saltoluokta mountain lodge, well known for its three-course dinner in the restaurant. If a shelter is clean and trash-free, it’s more likely that others feel obliged to keep it that way. Recommended time for hiking Kungsleden is mid-June – September ( February-April for skiing) The feel and landscapes of Kungsleden About the Kungsleden trail. It is a gem of a trip, travelling on well-marked paths through the stunning low alpine scenery of the Arctic tundra. After breakfast we pack the minibus and head west to Seitevare from here we’ll continue in sledges behind snowmobiles. Your winter snowshoe expedition starts in Abisko, home to one of Sweden’s oldest National Parks, and is one of the best places on earth to view the Aurora (Northern Lights). https://www.alltrails.com/trail/sweden/norrbotten/kungsleden-the-kings-trail As the summer arrives in the mountains, the grasses and trees glow bright with fresh growth under the long sunny days. In my last article I left you at the end of our third day of hiking on the Kungsleden trail in September 2018. I have walked the trail from South to North in 17 days, including 1 rest day. Possible accommodations: private accommodation in Vuonatjviken, STF shelter at Tsielekjåkkå, STF mountain station in Kvikkjokk, Possible accommodations: 3 STF huts on the way, STF mountain station in Saltoluokto, Possible accommodations: 4 STF huts on the way, private accommodation in Vietas. Infrastructures on the Kungsleden trail It is a great opportunity to find new outdoor friends. We chose to ski via the lake and along a scooter trail in order to avoid deep snow, this makes the route a bit longer. You can divide it roughly into five sections: 1. Kungsleden passes through varied landscape in the Lapland mountain world. Google Translate might help. I will be living in Sweden for some time, and as I like both hiking and snow, I was hoping to be able to do at least one winter hike somewhere between march and mid april. We decided to hike the trail from north to south – Abisko to Hemavan so we planned.to meet up in Stockholm and take the train together to Abisko, a 14 hour train ride. sleeping in a tent, which is necessary in some parts, is much more challenging in winter than in summer. We will manually review your booking to make sure that the tour will suite you and that we still have availability. Shortly after Vuonatjviken to Räjssi, very close to the polar circle (tent). We may need to adjust the route and the itinerary according to the conditions for the local reindeer herders, as well as current weather and snow conditions. The great thing is the midnight sun, it … Saltoluokta – Kvikjokk 4. We have used Outdoorkartan maps 1:75,000, sheets 1 to 6. This is the border between the older bedrock grinded for over billions of years and the newer mountain range created only 400 million years ago. The first night we stay in a guesthouse in the center of Jokkmokk where you’ll share a room with other participants from the team. To ski Kungsleden in winter you’ll don’t need any earlier mountain experience but you should be comfortable with cross-country skiing. Outhouses will be found not far away from the huts and during the days nature offers cool toilet spots, often with scenic mountain views. So did I decide to make this general post (FAQ) about the Kungsleden trail, this post will answer the most common question I have got about the hike. The trail changes dramatically along the way, from alpine terrain to lower-lying land with mountain birch forests. In many parts the winter trail is both a ski trail and a snow scooter trail simultaneously. The Kungsleden Trail, or the King’s Trail, is Sweden’s most popular multi-day hike. hiking trail in the mountain domain of Swedish Lapland were raised. Don’t be too ambitious! On skis, of course. Ruairi Oneill, a 24-year-old commercial filmmaker from Ireland, was seven days into a long winter trek in northern Sweden when he fell through the ice while crossing a frozen river. In Aktse, where we stay for two night you will have access to a wood-heated sauna to enjoy your own mountain SPA. On our last full day in the mountain we ski above the tree line across the mountain following the U-shaped valley Ávtsusjvágge. Solo travelers are of course welcome to book the tour, but we will need a minimum of four guests in total to run the tour. Anyone who googles Kungsleden will receive more than half a million hits. Getting there: by regional bus service, for instance from Storuman or Umeå, Supplies: large ICA store right opposite the bus stop, Accommodation: several possibilities, including the, Hemavan bus stop to Viterskalet (STF hut). That being said, it has been an amazing experience for us and the extra effort was definitely worth it! You leave the Kungsleden trail at the STF Singi mountain cabins. However, for this trek we had some expenses for “winter” equipment such as 2 warm down jackets (200€), 2 floor mattresses (156€) and leggings (80€). Location: Kungsleden Aktse-Saltoluokta Skiing the Kungsleden in wintertime is much more of a challenge than hiking it in summer. 2015 Gear List – Kungsleden trail, Sweden. Alternatively, you can ski directly to Ammarnäs via the Tjulträsket-lake – approx. )Total length: 481 kmNumber of days: 32 (including 4 rest days)Nights slept in STF huts or mountain stations: 18Nights slept in our tent: 7Nights slept in other accommodations: 6, 32 days is not particularly fast, proficient skiers can certainly do this much faster. We ski with light day packs, eat tasty food and enjoy wood-heated sauna. gas cartridges), Jäkkvik to shortly after Vuonatjviken (tent). This detour is excluded in this description. The Kungsleden Trail, or the King’s Trail, is Sweden’s most popular multi-day hike. The red cross markings reveal that the trail is also made for winter use. We travel with light daypacks through snow-covered virgin forest and across wide-open alpine landscape. The 425 km long King’s trail is the longest trail in Sweden and can be travelled both during winter and summer. This is also the place where we stay for the night in warm rooms with nice beds. However, doing the same stretch on skis in wintertime is still much more of a solitary experience. info@laponiaadventures.com, Laponia Adventures © 2020, All Right Reserved. There are dramatic changes along the way between alpine terrain and low-lying mountain birch forest. Abisko – Nikkaluokta 2. The house, built almost 100 years ago, was owned by the state forestry company, being the home of the local forester. (We took a detour to Kebnekaise mountain station to climb the highest mountain in Sweden. There exists a multitude of guidebooks as well as online information for this hike. You can choose to pay with credit card or bank transfer. It provides an unforgettable snowshoe expedition 200 kilometres inside of the Arctic Circle. You can also get coffee and cake there and this is where you fetch the key for Pieljekaisestugan. There is a small old-fashioned store (Adolfström Handelsbod) with a surprisingly good selection of „outdoor food“ and all sorts of souvenirs. Ski along the eastern border to Sarek National Park following the famous Kungsleden trail in winter. There are holiday huts that can be rented as well as a restaurant in Vuonatvijken. Then you will get some time to relax and prepare your luggage. Book your own private cabin or just a single bed in a cabin with 3 or 6-beds. On older maps or in older guides, this shelter might be referred to as a „real“ hut. Although this virtual walk covers the summer hiking route, the trail is also open in the winter for skiers and snowmobilers with slight variations in the route. Tips for long-distance hiking with backpack and tent. Find all our equipment later in this article. All our guides live in the area and have good knowledge of the culture and history in Laponia. Second, the trail between Vakkotavare and Teusajaure is a summer trail only and we weren‘t sure how easy it would be to find the trail. We camped right next to the shelter and enjoyed being able to eat and relax indoors. Possible accommodations: one hut run by Länsstyrelsen Norrbotten (Pieljekaisestugan), private accommodations in Adolfström and Jäkkvik. The trail is well-marked and many sections are well equipped and maintained by the Countyboard of Norrbotten (Länsstyrelsen i Norrbotten), with plank walkways covering swampy or rocky ground. Answer 1 of 2: Hi there! It was planned that the trail should pass through the most beautiful locations, and in this way become the “king of trails”, which in Swedish is expressed in the name: “Kungsleden”. Here you’ll find our complete Terms and conditions, NOTE: SPECIAL CANCELLATION POLICY DURING THE CORONA PANDEMIC, The Corona pandemic has forced us all to rethink and adapt. We decided not to follow the summer trail but chose an alternative route, closer to the route of the old Kungsleden that you might find on older maps for two reasons: 1) part of the trail in only a summertrail 2) the trail takes quite a detour and climbs up 500 m beore it goes down to the Vindelälven-valley and then goes up on the other side. Scooters are not allowed in Pieljekaise national park, so don‘t expect any scooter trails there. The spectacularity and the wilderness of the aspects make it for a very popular hiking destination in summer and for cross country in winter. In the evening we cook tasty dinners and enjoy the luxury of wood heated saunas. Possible accommodations: many hostels and hotels in Hemavan, 5 STF huts along the way, several possibilities in Ammarnäs (we stayed in Ammarnäs Wärdshus). There was plenty of it on Kebnekaise and at Tarfala in September 2016, but keeping to the main Kungsleden trail you shouldn’t have to cross any snow during the summer hiking season, except occasionally at Tjaktja, the highest point of the trail. Along this section you will journey through the birch forests of Abisko National Park, as well as up the Tjäktja Pass - which is the highest point on the Kungsleden. Our luggage, food and equipment are transported between the huts by our support team. Our support team will make sure your luggage gets from one hut to another and that the hut is warm when you arrive. Most people walk only the first 100 km in the North. you need to know how to ski (unless you want to use snowshoes instead). Date: Mar 7-13 2021 Sign up on interests list for 2022 On skis: 13 km, elevation gain/loss: +50 m, estimated time skiing. Full of excited outdoor enthusiasts was the driving force through varied landscape in the we! 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