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Walk of the Week: The Kungsleden

Europe has got a lot going for it.  In such a relatively small space, the variety of cultures and landscapes are staggering, however one of the things that many people don't focus on is the untouched wilderness, the real, end of the earth, gripping excitement of being in the middle of nowhere. The Kungsleden (The King's Trail) in Sweden has this in abundance. It has been a long time in the planning for us, because we wanted to get it absolutely spot on and now that we have it all tied up, we can't wait to get the word out, so here it comes as our Walk of the Week. [caption id="attachment_16011" align="aligncenter" width="300"] On the path, in the wilds.[/caption]

In a Nutshell

Distance: 105 km - The Kungsleden in it's entirety is around 450km, but we have chosen this section which highlights the best features of the whole route. Grading: Moderate - There is a fair bit of up and down on this trail and a few longer days.  Nothing that you couldn't cope with if you are walking fit and as always any ascent is going to reward you with stunning views.  

Where is it?

The Kungsleden is in very north of Sweden, 195 km inside the Arctic Circle and right on the very fringes of continental Europe.  Despite it's remoteness, it is relatively easy to get to the start and end points of the trip, with flights to Kiruna via Stockholm and then a quick bus trip. [caption id="attachment_16013" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Traditional Sami dwellings.[/caption]

Why walk it?

Basically, the Kungsleden is one of the worlds best walks, so you shouldn't need many more reasons than that!  However there are a few things that you could probably do with knowing. The Abisko National Park forms the first part of your walk and it couldn't really start in a better manner.  Lush green Beech forests, open plains and vast lakes give homes to the plethora of moose and reindeer as well as a wealth of birdlife. You will stay in some of the most remote, but beautiful mountain cabins in the world, however some come with their own sauna, so don't think that you will be completely roughing it! [caption id="attachment_16014" align="aligncenter" width="300"]The Sauna at Alesajaure The Sauna at Alesajaure[/caption] There is also the rare chance to spend some time with the Sami people, the only indigenous people of Scandanavia, well known for reindeer herding.  They are a massively interesting and friendly people and to see the land the way they see it is truly something special.

Planning to Walk the Kungsleden

Macs Adventure offer an 8 day, 7 night trip on the northern Kunsleden.  You have to carry your own bags on this one as there are no roads to speak of, but to get this far away from it all, it is well worth a light pack and it is not like you have to dress for dinner out here!  You can check more details by visiting our website or contact info@macsadventure.com if you’d like more information.
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