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The King's Trail, or "Kungsleden" in Swedish, is located in the far north of Swedish Lapland and has rightly earned its place as Sweden's best-known long-distance hiking path, offering a true taste of the wilderness and stunning mountain scenery but with a network of cabins spaced a day's walk apart making this remote area accessible to a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts.
Discover Mountain Hiking on the King's Trail is a point-to-point hiking tour taking in some of the most scenic sections of trail. Starting from the historic mountain station at Saltoluokta, you head north along Kungsleden, staying at simple mountain cabins amid a stunning landscape of sweeping fjälls before reaching the comfort Kebnekaise Mountain Station, situated at the foot of Sweden's highest mountain, Mt. Kebnekaise at 2101m.
This tour offers a more accessible level of challenge compared to Hiking on the King's Trail from Abisko to Kebnekaise, and is ideal for those used to walking with a pack weight of 10-12kg but perhaps new to multi-day hiking. You will carry provisions for at most 2 days at a time, adding 1-2kg/person to your pack weight on top of personal items.
The tour has manageable daily distances and the opportunity to learn and practise essential outdoor skills such as safely crossing rivers and navigating with map and compass. But Discover Mountain Hiking on the King's Trail is not only for beginners - this experience can equally be enjoyed by those with greater experience seeking a relaxed and accessible hiking tour but still with the challenge and adventure of a multi-day itinerary in a mountain environment.
For Midnight Sun and High Summer tour dates, you will spend two nights here, with the option to join a challenging day-tour ascent of Kebnekaise's summit. Participants on the autumn tour will spend an additional day earlier in the tour exploring the area around Kaitumjaure before ending with a night at Kebnekaise.
Your last day's hike brings you to the "end of the road" (or the "beginning" depending on your point of view!) at Nikkaluokta, for onward bus to Kiruna and departure.
The three hiking periods offer their own special attraction. Midnight Sun tours give you the opportunity to experience the phenomenon of 24-hour daylight - you can hike at midnight if you wish! High Summer tours offer typically the warmest temperatures, still with long hours of daylight, while the Autumn tour takes place amid the stunning colours of early autumn. As the nights are now becoming darker as summer gives way to autumn, the Autumn Tour gives the possibilities to see the beautiful Northern Lights (if you're not in bed asleep after your day on the trail!). You will be hiking far from areas of light pollution, offering the possibility for wonderful sky views.
A range of hiking equipment, including boots, rucksack, camping meal kits and windproof/rainproof clothing, is also available to borrow free of charge for this tour on request (must be reserved in advance).
Arrival by bus from Gällivare to Kebnats. From Kebnats, it is 5km across the lake by boat transfer (included) to Saltoluokta Mountain Station. Gather at Saltoluokta Mountain Station in the afternoon to meet with the guide and rest of the group. You will have dinner together in the award-winning station restaurant and an information meeting about the coming tour. Accommodation at the Mountain Station with sauna available in the evening.
Itinerary given below applies to all tour dates - note that the Autumn Tour has a slightly different itinerary without the optional summit tour of Kebnekaise. Please note that itinerary may vary due to factors such as weather conditions. During the Autumn Tour, there may be possibilities to see the Northern Lights, as the nights are becoming darker at this time.
A day hike in the beautiful surroundings of Saltoluokta to try out your equipment and ensure everything is ready for the main part of your trip. Later in the day, you take the boat and bus to Vakkotavare mountain cabin for overnight.
The expedition begins! The path leads steeply up into the mountains, offering wonderful views of the Sarek mountains behind. Today's "learning" part is safely crossing a mountain river - an important skill when hiking in the mountains and not always as easy as it looks! The trail takes you across the mountain plains dropping down to Lake Teusajuare for boat over to the cabins on the north side. Sauna awaits here - the perfect end to a day on the trail!
Distance: approx. 15km; Height difference: +450m, -450m.
Views of high peaks and waterfalls await today as the trail continues upwards. Your goal for the day is the cabins at Kaitumjaure, this is a relatively short distance giving time to fully appreciate the scenery along the way. Today's "skill" is the opportunity to learn about using a map and compass and navigating safely and with confidence.
Distance: approx. 9km; Height difference: +300m, -200m.
You hike along the Tjäktjajåkka river to the cabins at Singi, a relatively easy walk with lovely views ahead all day.
Distance: approx. 13 km; Height difference: +100m.
Autumn Tour: Day tour from Kaitumjaure, perhaps taking in one of the nearby peaks depending on weather conditions and group abilities.
To Kebnekaise Mountain Station. The landscape this day offers high peaks and glaciers, and Kebnekaise is a wonderful point to arrive at the end of the hike. This is a fully-featured mountain station offering sauna, showers, and dinner together in the restaurant.
Distance: approx. 14 km; Height difference: +150m, -150m.
Possibility to participate in guided day-tour from Kebnekaise Mountain Station to the summit of Mt. Kebnekaise (approx 10 hours in total), Sweden's highest mountain at 2105m (weather conditions permitting). Note that if you wish to participate in the summit tour, this must be advised at time of booking. For participants who choose not to do the summit tour, the guide will lead a less challenging day hike in the area.
Autumn Tour: The option to add summit tour of Kebnekaise is not available, as conditions are not normally suitable for peak tours at this time.
After breakfast, you depart the mountain station for an easy walk down to Lake Ladtjojaure. Part of the distance is by boat over the lake, followed by a walk through the forest to Nikkaluokta for lunch at local restaurant. There are shower facilities here for a small fee. You then return to Kiruna by public bus (included, normally departs around 15.00).
Distance: 19km (8.5km hiking + 5km boat + 5.5km hiking). Height difference: -200m.
You are hiking far above the Arctic Circle, where the Midnight Sun shines from around mid-May to end of July. At this time there is 24-hour daylight. In August and September, bring a small torch or headlamp.
The cabins have telephones directly connected to emergency services and your guide will carry emergency communication equipment. This area has limited or no mobile phone coverage.
- Not Included
- Midnight Sun Tours: 28.06-05.07.18, 04.07-11.07.18
- High Summer Tours: 15.07-22.07.18, 26.07-02.08.18, 07.08-14.08.18
- Autumn Tour: 02.09-09.09.18
Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.
|Midnight Sun Tour|
|28.06-05.07.18||GBP 804||EUR 908|
|04.07-11.07.18||GBP 822||EUR 928|
|High Summer Tour|
|15.07-22.07.18||GBP 852||EUR 962|
|26.07-02.08.18||GBP 852||EUR 962|
|07.08-14.08.18||GBP 852||EUR 962|
|02.09-09.09.18||GBP 752||EUR 849|
|Optional Extras (see description below)|
|Kebnekaise Summit Day Tour||GBP 156||EUR 176|
NB: Please note that a range of equipment is available to borrow free of charge for this tour but must be booked in advance - please see under "Included > Equipment" for details.
- Kebnekaise Summit Day Tour: For Midnight Sun and High Summer tours, a guided day-tour to the summit of Kebnekaise on Day 7 can be added. This must be booked and paid for in advance as part of your booking. Tour typically takes around 10 hours, distance 15km, height gain/loss 1400m. Note that this is a very challenging day. You will be walking on glaciers and the tour also includes a simple climbing section. No previous climbing experience is required and equipment is provided (including daypack), but participants should not be afraid of heights. Please note that for participants in the summit tour there is also a compulsory insurance charge of 295 SEK (about £29) payable locally on arrival at Saltoluokta at the start of your tour.
Accommodation in shared multi-person rooms at Saltoluokta Mountain Station and Kebnekaise Mountain Station and in mountain cabins along the route.
Typical mountain cabin accommodation during the tour
Cabins: The beds are fitted with mattresses, pillows and blankets. During the summer season you should bring a light sleeping bag or sleeping sheet. The cabins are comfortable but of basic standard and there is no electricity or running water. You will all need to help each other with domestic duties, cleaning, cooking, doing the dishes etc. Wooden fires or gas heats the cabins. The cooking is done on gas stoves. The cabins you will visit during this hike have 20-44 beds (rooms with 4-10 beds, male/female mixed). There are also extra mattresses and blankets in case the cabin gets full. Everyone will get shelter - in the event that all the beds are occupied you will get a space on the floor and a mattress. It is not possible to reserve beds in advance.
Full board accommodation at Saltoluokta Mountain Station and Kebnekaise Mountain Station. Meals along the route and final meal in Nikkaluokta.
Food for sale: If you would like any additional snacks, etc, there are small provisions stores at Saltoluokta, Kaitumjaure and Kebnekaise. There is no fresh food for sale at Kaitumjaure.
Boat from Kebnats to Saltoluokta on arrival. Boats on Lake Teusajaure and Lake Ladtjojuare, bus transfer Day 2. Bus transfer Nikkaluokta-Kiruna Centrum at the end of the tour. Transfer of luggage not needed during the tour (one bag/person) from Saltoluokta to the end point at Nikkaluokta.
Experienced and knowledgeable local guide.
The following items are available to borrow at no additional charge if you do not have your own. Please advise in advance which items you require:
- Rucksack (around 50-65 litres).
- Rain cover for backpack (please specify size 30-55 litres or 55-80 litres).
- Hiking boots (please give normal shoe size).
- Rainproof/windproof jacket and trousers (please give size XS-XXL).
- Camping plate set with fork, knife and spoon.
- Map and compass. These are not booked in advance, but a number will available to share between the group.
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase in the restaurants at Saltoluokta and Kebnekaise Mountain Stations).
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This experience is suitable for participants with a general good level of fitness who enjoy hiking and the outdoors. You should also be used to living in close proximity with others.
It is an ideal introductory tour for those with limited experience of multi-day hiking, but can also be enjoyed by participants with greater experience.
You should be comfortable walking with a pack weight of around 10-12kg for distances of 9-15km. You will carry provisions for up to max. 2 days at a time, adding 1-2kg/person to your pack weight on top of personal items. Please see itinerary for daily height differences.
During the tour there is the opportunity to learn important outdoor skills such as safe river crossing and navigation/map reading.
Minimum recommended age 16 (children aged 14-15 may also be possible by arrangement). Maximum recommended age limit 70 years, typical age range of participants is around 20-55 years.
What makes this "Medium"?
The tour takes place in a remote mountain environment with simple accommodation on most nights, but hiking level is moderate and the tour is an ideal introduction to hiking in the Swedish mountains. Note if choosing to add the optional ascent of Kebnekaise that this is a very challenging day and this component has "Hard" level of difficulty.
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
NB: As a participant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a suitable level of fitness and experience and bring clothing and equipment appropriate for the tour. Participants judged by the guide to have an insufficient level of fitness/unsuitable equipment which hinders the operation of the tour may be excluded. In this case, or if a participant chooses to leave the tour of their own volition, no refund can be offered and any additional costs incurred by leaving the tour are the responsibility of the participant. If you have any questions regarding your suitability for the tour, please don't hesitate to ask and we will be happy to advise.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
Minimum total 6 persons required for tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.
Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
Fly to Stockholm. Night train to Gällivare for bus to Kebnats for start of tour, bus from Nikkaluokta (included) to Kiruna for night train to Stockholm at end of tour. You can also travel by domestic flight connection to/from Kiruna, though night train is normally the most convenient option.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Kebnats and return from Kiruna.
Maximum 12 participants depending on tour date. This experience is open to travellers from all over the world. Groups may be made up of participants from a number of countries, around 60% of whom are likely to be from Scandinavia.
Private groups can book this experience on other dates by arrangement - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism award for its commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.
Kungsleden - The King's Trail:
Created by the Swedish Tourist Association at the end of the 19th century, the King's Trail was made to introduce hikers to the beauty and majesty of the Lapland scenery.
The trail runs 440km from Abisko in the north to Hemavan in the south, passing through some of the world's most spectacular mountain landscapes. Taking day-tours from the main route allows for an ascent of Sweden's highest mountain, Kebnekaise, or excursions into the pathless wilderness of the mighty Sarek National Park.
Despite the remote hiking possibilities afforded by the trail, altitude differences are relatively small, which makes the King's Trail an ideal long-distance walking path accessible to anyone in general good health.
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