"The Kungsleden" Abisko Nationalpark Favorite Tip by sim1

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  Kungsleden Hiking Trail
by sim1

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The Kungsleden (Kings Trail) is Swedens most famous hiking trail. It leads you through the beautiful mountain area of Sweden. And its most Northern point, and starting point for many people, is here at Abisko!

The trail is about 440 kilometres long and leads from Abisko, the most northern point, down to Hemavan. The total of 440 kilometres sounds very long, but please don't let that scare you away. It is possible to divide the trip up and just do part of this hiking trail. I think most people do that. A popular one is the oldest part of the trail, which leads from Abisko to Mount Kebnekaise (Sweden's highest mountain) and ends in Nikkaluokta.

Along the whole Kungsleden, you will find mountain huts where you can stay overnight, or use their facilities, like the kitchen. These Mountain Huts are a day trip apart from each other. Mostly around 15 kilometres, but in some cases this can be more. Quite a few of them have a little store where you can stock up on provisions.

The Kungsleden is not only the most famous, it is also the most popular and most visited trail, making it rather busy. But what is busy in Sweden? The part that I hiked on average you meet about 20 people a day on a 15 kilometres stretch. If you go off this main hiking trail and take one of the side trails, you will notice that the amount of people you meet will drop dramatically to 1 to 2 a day.

The best season to hike this trail is after 21 June until half of September. In the winter you can ski on this trail, best season: end of February until mid of April.

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  • Written Jul 26, 2005
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