This past July, my sister and I hiked a portion of the Kungsleden Trail starting from Abisko, Sweden up in the Arctic Circle. After a long and tedious 18 hour train ride from Stockholm, we arrived at the Abisko Tourist Station. We stayed the night and began our 5-day journey the next morning, where we hiked 15 km to Abiskojaure. We were greeted by the friendliest of hosts who showed us the shared “hut” we would be staying in. The huts do not have electricity, but do however have gas cooking stoves that allowed us to cook some of the meals we carried with us in our packs.
The next morning we hiked 20 km to Alesjaure. There we stayed in another mountain hut. All of the huts have wood burning saunas that are wonderful to relax in after a long day of hiking. The huts also pull water from the Abisko River which is all natural and drinkable as long as it is moving. This makes for great convenience when hiking and not having to worry about purifying the water.
The next morning we hiked 23 km to Sulka. Each day the terrain of the hike changed significantly from moss covered hills and trees to rocky tundras and beautiful mountains. The wildlife was unique as we saw moose and reindeer along the trails. Waterfalls of all sizes, streams, and gorgeous wildflowers line the paths for breathtaking views.
After a night in Sulka we hiked another 26 km to Kebnekaise Fjallstation. This is where Sweden’s highest peak is located (Kebnekaise). Unfortunately, due to a time restriction we did not get to summit. This last night’s stay was at a mountain station offering electricity and wireless internet. It was by far the busiest of them all. The next morning we set off at 4am to reach our final destination. We arrived at Nikkaluokta after a 19 km hike to catch a flight back to Stockholm (definitely beats the train).
Being able to experience Sweden and be immersed in its’ natural beauty was an experience of a lifetime and I will truly never forget it.
Note:The Abisko Tourist Station is highlighted on the map.