The Kungsleden - Walking Sweden's Royal Trail (Paperback)

The Kungsleden - Walking Sweden's Royal Trail By Mike Laing, Mr Cover Image

The Kungsleden - Walking Sweden's Royal Trail (Paperback)

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Sweden's most famous long-distance trail, the Kungsleden (King's Trail) traverses the land of the Sámi people and the midnight sun, stretching 460km between Abisko and Hemavan. Around half the route lies within the Arctic Circle showcasing an ever-changing landscape of snowy mountains, deep glacial valleys, open fell, expansive lakes and verdant forest. The fully waymarked trail is comprised of five continuous and distinct sections: these can be walked individually or a thru-hike will take around a month. The guide also includes the popular Abisko to Nikkaluokta circuit, which can be completed in a week, and an ascent of Kebnekaise, Sweden's highest peak at 2098m.

In addition to clear route description and mapping, you'll find a wealth of practical advice covering accommodation and facilities, equipment and resupply and detailed notes on how to get to and from the section start and finish-points. A Swedish and Fell Sámi glossary can be found in the appendix. Although there are plentiful opportunities for wild camping, three of the five trail sections are equipped with huts (many including a shop and a sauna) making them easily accessible to all. The remaining two sections have a more remote feel that will appeal to those intent on finding some solitude. To add further colour, there are seven mandatory lake crossings on the trail with the option of rowing or using the motorised service: full details are provided in the text.

The Kungsleden passes through five national parks, including Sarek. Other highlights include the striking Tjäktjavagge glacial valley and the famous hay meadows of Aktse, perfectly framed by the azure Lájtávrre delta and the sheer chiselled face of Skierrffe. The Kungsleden invites you to step into a new world, and it may well prove to be the start of a long and rich association involving many repeated visits.

Mike Laing is a freelance mountaineering instructor based in Snowdonia, North Wales. He has travelled, climbed and trekked extensively in Greenland, South America, Africa, Europe and the Himalaya. This is his first guidebook for which he completed the Kungsleden as a through hike in 2017 and visited again twice in 2018 to complete and update his research. Mike is a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI) and operates his own business, Snowdonia Climbing.

Product Details ISBN: 9781852849825
ISBN-10: 1852849827
Publisher: Cicerone Press Limited
Publication Date: August 31st, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English