Planning a hike along the Kungsleden

Planning a hike along the Kungsleden

Planning a hike along the Kungsleden

Planning a hike along the Kungsleden

So what is the Kungsleden?  The Kungsleden (or Kings Trail) runs between Abisko and Hemavan and is one of the world’s most famous hiking trails, and possibly the best one.

The path is more than 400 kilometres long, and was established by Svenska Turistföreningen at the beginning of the 20th century.

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In 2017 some friends and I participated in the Fjallraven Classic in Sweden which is an organised hike from Nikkaluokta to Abisko.  The Fjallraven Classic was a great experience but it did have its downfalls the main one being the trail was heaving thousands of people walking along the route.

The advantage is participating in the Fjallraven Classic is a lot of the organisation / transport is provided for you: pick up from the airport, transfer to Nikkauokta, food and fuel is also supplied.

5 people and myself have decided to  follow the same route next June but will be organising transport, supplies and accommodation by ourselves.

If you are planning on organising this excursion yourself hopefully some of this information will help.

Planning a hike along the Kungsleden

Getting to Sweden

From the Uk the only viable method without time constraints is flying.  You can fly into Stockholm from most major airports

Arlanda Airport (ARN)

Arlanda is the cities main airport and if you decided to take the overnight train up North there is an express train every 15 minutes to Stockholms central train station.

Your flight will also depart from Arlanda to Kiruna departs if you are flying up North.

We arrived in Arlanda in the evening and with our flight leaving early next morning we stayed over in a converted airbus on the grounds of the airport.

Planning a hike along the KungsledenMy room was originally one of the jet engines although fun and different there where no bathroom facilities in the engine meaning having to walk down steps then up into the main part of the aircraft to take a leak in the middle of the night.

Jumbo Stay

Skavsta

Skavsta Airport is about 7km from Nyköping and the local bus service no. 515 will take you to and from Nyköping city center via the train- and bus stations, from where you can travel onwards.

The local train station in Nyköping is 7 km away from the airport. Take a taxi or the local bus service no. 515 to/from the train station to connect to the overnight train to Kiruna.

Overnight Train – Stockholm to Kiruna

You can travel by train all the way from Stockholm to Kiruna. You can choose the night train and sleep away the hours until you arrive in northern Sweden.

Further information / Tickets

Flying to Kiruna

There are 2 airlines that fly to Kiruna from Stockholm.  These flights can get full quickly so early booking is required when Planning a hike along the Kungsleden.

Norwegian Airlines

Scandinavian Airlines

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The Fjallraven Classic Sweden

Fjallraven Classic

The Fjallraven Classic Sweden 2017 in aid of SARS999.org.uk

The Fjallraven Classic Sweden | Initially the plan was to fly to Stockholm and spend a week walking through a nearby National Park.

That plan was thwarted once the wife had seen an advert online for the Fjallraven Classic Sweden which follows part of the Kungsleden route.The Fjallraven Classic Sweden

Kungsleden

(King’s Trail) is a hiking trail in northern Sweden, approximately 440 kilometres (270 mi) long, between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south.

It passes through, near the southern end, the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Europe.

The route we took was to start in Nikkalouokta, join the Kungsleden at Singi and finish in Abisko.

So we decided to change plans to participate in the Fjallraven Classic Sweden but we also decided to invite another friend and do the hike in aid of charity.

All three of us work for the East of England Ambulance Service in varying roles, HEMS Critical Care Paramedic, Paramedic, EMT.

We also all do other roles for other emergency services: Lifeboat Coxswain, Fire Fighter and Coastguard.

All for charity mate!

We had decided to raise charity for SARS who are a charity that provides assistance to the ambulance service in the form of Rapid Response Doctors and Critical Care Paramedics.

Suffolk Accident Rescue Service is an emergency medical charity which provide specialist volunteer doctors and paramedics to assist the East of England Ambulance Service at the scenes of serious incidents.

So the Three team members: Myself: Martin Grove (EMT & Firefighter), Adam Wright (Paramedic & Coastguard) and Rod Wells (HEMS Critical Care Paramedic, Lifeboat Coxswain & SARS Responder) started to plan our 110km hike through arctic Sweden.

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