Kungsleden Trek - The Kings Trail of Sweden
Sweden, Trek & Walk, 9 days - from £1,095 (land only) - from €1,535 (land only) - from $1,830 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the Abisko Mountain Station near Kiruna. A single Kiruna Airport transfer is provided. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and overnight at the Abisko Mountain Station.
Day 2: From Abisko, we follow the impressive Abeskoeatnu River to a lake, Abiskojaure. An easy day on a flat trail with a good path throughout. We spend the night in a hut beside the lake. Approx 15 km walking
Day 3: Heading west alongside a river we have a 20km walk across easy terrain. At certain times it is possible to take a boat ride for the last 5km to the Alesjaure Mountain Hut, with a chance for a sauna. Approx 20km walking.
Day 4: We follow a long valley which rises gradually for 13 kilometres before a short, sharp climb to the pass at Tjaktja before heading steeply down into the Tjaktjajakka Valley, reminiscent of Glencoe, where we overnight at the Salka Hut. Approx 25km walking.
Day 5: To make sure our legs are in good condition for the optional ascent of Kebnakaise, we now enjoy two consecutive shorter day walks and today we continue to descend the Tjaktjajakka Valley to Singi Hut. We should be lucky enough to spot groups of reindeer! We overnight in the hut at Singi. Approx 12km walking.
Day 6: Today we leave the Kungsleden trail to head east to the Kebnekaise Mountain Station. There are excellent facilities here, showers, saunas... No more communal cooking is necessary, so we can rest up ahead of tomorrow's climb. After dinner, there is a slide show on the ascent of Kebnekaise presented by the mountain guides. Approx 14km walking.
Day 7: After an early start, we pick up our mountaineering gear and set off for the long optional ascent to the summit of Kebnekaise (2104m). We return to overnight at the Kebnekaise Mountain Station. Approx 9-10hrs walking.
Day 8: We walk out to Ladtjojaure. From here, we take a boat ride down the river and across a lake to the trailhead at Nikkaluokta. We then drive to Kiruna and check in at our hotel. Final dinner in town. Approx 2hrs walking, 9km.
Day 9: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. A single group transfer to Kiruna Airport is provided after breakfast.