Kungsleden, King’s Trail, Sweden

October 10, 2012 by  

Kungsleden, King’s Trail, Sweden, Kungsleden (“The King’s Trail”) is a hiking trail in northern Sweden, approximately 440-kilometre (270 mi) long, between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south. It passes through one of Europe’s largest remaining wilderness areas.

Kungsleden was created by Svenska Turistf?reningen (STF) at the end of the 19th century, in order to allow more people to experience the beauty of Lapland. It runs for about 440 kilometres (270 mi) between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south.

The trail is well marked and many sections are well equipped and maintained by STF, with plank walkways covering swampy or rocky ground, but other sections further from the trailheads are eroded and rocky, increasing the difficulty of hiking some parts of the trail.

The trail is separated in four portions which each represent approximately one week of hiking. The most practiced part is by far the northernmost, between Abisko and Kebnekaise. The season usually runs between mid-June and the end of September, but the weather can be very treacherous, including late or early snow.

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