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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Medical Kit

I was reading a thread the other day on bushcraft Facebook page concerning what people carry in there medical / first aid kits. So it had me thinking do I carry to much or not enough.

The bizzare things I read people carry led me to think should you med kit depend on what you’re doing / going? Well yes I do think that the amount and contents should vary depending on what you are doing.

Someone had posted their message kit was in a large box weighing 5kg and included Israeli dressings, adrenaline, suture kit, full resus equipment and other items. Yes I’m a deep believer in ‘if you haven’t got it’ ‘you can’t use it’ but realistically look at the chance that you would need all of this. If you are camping out of a car then yes consider a larger kit.

Personally I have a small waterproof medical kit that is used in my day bag, a larger kit which is stocked for a longer duration and another pack that is used is I am a good distance from civilisation.

The other thing to think of is if the brown stuff hits the fan. How do you contact emergency service? We are lucky in the uk as mobile phone coverage is pretty good but if there is no signal how do you gain assistance?

The device I used whilst walking the Fjallraven Classic in Sweden was a SPOT tracker, this is a subscription device that locates you using gps and in emergency you can press a button and it will send a pre-determined message to emergency services in your area. The other great services it offers is you can press another button that will send an ‘OK’ message to predetermined email addresses and mobile numbers giving a link to your location to be viewed online. Also it can connect to your social media sharing your location.

But the question is what to take? So here’s a low down on what I carry in my hiking bag for a multiple day excursion.Extended duration medical kit

From left to right

  • Emergency blanket
  • Gauze
  • Impregnated gauze
  • Betadine
  • Bandage
  • Sack on

Bottom row

  • Wound glue
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (used for treating blisters)
  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
  • Smecta (diarrhoea treatment)
  • Stern strips
  • Plasters

Day kit

This is in a waterproof box and is taken on trips on water, hiking and fishing. It is relatively small but has enough for basics.

As we any piece of kit it is a good idea to have items that are use for instance if you replaced the betadine with potassium permanganate you would have something to clean wounds, sterilise water to make it drinkable and if mixed with glycerol is a great emergency fire starter.

Items in box

  • Plasters
  • Betadine
  • Surgical tape
  • Bandage
  • Steristrips

Obviously each kit should be tailored to your personal medical needs ie allergic reactions and regular medication should always be carried in a waterproof container. Also emergency contacts and medical he is handy to have kept on person or in medical box.

There really is no need to carry a personal A&E with you unless you are really that accident prone, if you are that bad then you need to consider if you have suitable enough experience to be out by yourself or a distance away from emergency help.

Everything you carry is designed really for self help.

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