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Inspiration - The King's Trail (Kungsleden) in Swedish Lapland

Hiking, ski touring and dog sledding on Sweden's most famous long-distance trail

9 Ways to Discover Kungsleden in Summer and Winter:

Hiking (June-September):

  1. Hiking on the King's Trail from Abisko to Kebnekaise (8 days): Our most popular option, guided hiking between cabins along the most dramatic and well-known section of the trail with the option to climb Sweden's highest mountain, Kebnekaise.
  2. Self-guided Hiking on the King's Trail (8-9 days): A self-guided version of the above, following the same route but with the freedom and flexibility of a self-guided tour. Ascent of Kebnekaise (guided day tour) offered as an option.
  3. Discover Moutain Hiking on the King's Trail (8 days): An ideal introduction to multi-day hiking tours, with an itinerary including part of the Abisko-Kebnekaise trail and part of the central section of the trail around Saltoluokta.
  4. Hiking in the National Parks of Lapland (7 days): A wonderful and comparatively accessible tour between cabins, including a section of the King's Trail around Saltoluokta, but also Padjelanta, Sarek and Stora Sjöfallet National Parks.

Ski Touring and Dog Sledding (February-April):

  1. Husky Mountain Expedition in Lapland (8 days): A dogsled adventure on the Abisko-Kebnekaise section staying in cabins - get ready for the uphill section over the Tjäktja Pass!
  2. Dog Sledding and Winter Camping on the King's Trail (8 days): Taking a similar route to the Husky Mountain Expedition but adding winter camping for extra flexibility and challenge.
  3. Wilderness Dogsled Adventure in Vindelfjällen (8 days): The least-visited section of trail, around Hemavan, makes a wonderful setting for a remote dogsled adventure. This tour, one of our most challenging options for dog sledding, uses mountain cabins on the southern section of Kungsleden for part of the tour.
  4. Ski Touring on the King's Trail from Abisko to Kebnekaise (8 days): For those with suitable experience and fitness, skiing the trail in winter is one of the world's class ski touring trips.

  5. Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland (7 days): If you have some ski experience, this tour is based on the section between and around Saltoluokta and Sitojaure and combines cabin-to-cabin with day tour elements. A perfect preparation for the Abisko-Kebnekaise route.

Why is the King's Trail special?

Swedish Lapland is a vast and very remote area, but the trail and its network of mountain cabins along the route makes access to this beautiful landscape a possibility for a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts.

Hiking in the National Parks of Lapland

The sense of space in Swedish Lapland is magical, with cool, clear water you can drink straight from the lake or river. Photo: Shanley McEntee.

How long is the King's Trail?

In total, the trail is around 440km, and is divided into three roughly equal parts. Starting from Abisko in the north, the trail heads south to Singi (from where you detour east to Kebnekaise and Nikkaluokta unless continining), on to Kvikkjokk for the middle section and finally down to Hemavan.

The northernmost section, between Abisko and Kebnekaise (or Nikkaluokta, where road access begins), is the most popular, both because the mountains are highest and most spectacular here and also due to the easy access with public transport. The Abisko to Nikkaluokta route is around 110km.

Climbing Kebnekaise in Sweden

While not a part of the main trail, many summer hikers take the opportunity to join a challenging day tour to the summit of Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest mountain at 2106m. Photo: Eamon Harbison.

Traveling to your King's Trail adventure

Travel logistics will depend on which of our tours you choose, but access to the northern part of the trail in straightforward. There are direct night train connections between Stockholm and Abisko/Kiruna and local buses from Gällivare station to the trailhead at Saltoluokta. Domestic flights to/from Kiruna are also possible.

Further Reading

Did You Know...?

  • The King's Trail has no particular association with royalty, but gets its name from being the "King of Trails"!

The King's Trail in Summer

The King's Trail in Winter

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