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Kungsleden (Sweden)

Practical information about Kungsleden

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Lake
  • Waterfall
  • Off the beaten track
3 / 5 - One review
How to get there
2 hours by car from Kiruna
When to go
In winter or summer
Minimum stay
One week

Reviews of Kungsleden

Travel writer
26 travel articles

The Kungsleden, literally the Royal Road, is the best known and most frequented hiking trail in Sweden.

My suggestion:
It is necessary to properly prepare your stages for the organisation of food supplies and fuel. It is also important to be well equipped against the fickle climate.

Although the trail is 425 km long, few hikers undertake the full distance. Traditionally, tourists do the most popular part between Abisko and Nikkaluokta, which lasts 5 days. Add 1 to 2 days if you want to include the ascension of Kebnekaise. So, will you let yourself be tempted by this 100% trekking trip?

For me, being accustomed to treks, this one was not difficult. Gratings have been installed to avoid the marshes and the indications are clear enough to avoid getting lost. Like other trails (such as the Padjelantaleden), the environment is beautiful: tundra, boreal forests, wild mountains and reindeer.

However, I observed that the Kungsleden is a victim of its own success (less so in winter, I imagine) and the shelters are taken by storm, which spoils the ideal of wilderness and wild nature. Fortunately, you are free to camp at a distance of more than 150 metres from a shelter.

The Kungsleden