hiking from abisko to kvikkjokk


It was on a crisp September morning in 2009 that I took my first steps south from Abisko and began my first journey on the Kungsleden. Winter had come early that year, with passing snow flurries sweeping across the golden landscape of the autumn birch forests and the white capped mountain peaks rising above.

It was a stormy year, and I only had 2-3 hours of sunshine in 10 days, with temperatures struggling to climb above freezing on most days. But each night I would sit around the cabins, warmed by the fire, and hear stories from other hikers about years past in the north. Of the autumn of 1980 something, which was so warm, you could bathe in the rivers each day. Or coming around a corner an seeing a moose standing in the middle of the trail. Even before I returned to Abisko, I knew I would be back. I was hooked.

If you have never experienced hiking in the arctic, then you are in for a treat. From the surreal feeling of hiking through the night under the midnight sun to seeing the northern lights dance across the sky on a quiet autumn night, the Kungsleden trail is more than a hike. It is a totally immersive outdoor experience among some of the worlds most spectacular mountain landscapes.

In Kungsleden: North, I have combined the basic ‘how to’ practicalities of planning your hike with the visual inspiration that keeps me returning to the north year after year. If you are reading these words, then you are likely already thinking about the Kungsleden. Hopefully the rest of the book will convince you that this is a hike you need to experience!  Happy trails…

Kungsleden North - Abisko to Kvikkjokk


Kungsleden North is a day to day hiking guide covering the northern 180km of Sweden’s Kungsleden trail from Abisko to Kvikkjokk, and the popular northern loop of Abisko to Nikkaluokta. This guide covers everything from the basics of how to get there, what clothes you need to wear, to a day by day hiking guide of the trail. And more than just a written guide, Kungsleden North also provides you with hundreds of images to help inspire your hike.

PDF, 160 pages, 140 images, 15,000 words. 160 MB download

Updated: Second edition, May 2022


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in the book

Kungsleden Overview

An introduction to the Kungsleden trail, in this chapter you’ll find a basic overview of the trail to help you choose when to go, which section of the trail, and which direction. Additionally, there is information about route difficulty and trail markings so you don’t get lost.

Swedish Outdoors

This chapter is an overview about hiking in Sweden, in particular, a basic overview of the STF mountain huts.

Travel Planning

Information for planning your journey to northern Sweden and when to go.

Equipping Yourself

A basic overview of the supplies and clothing you will need to safely hike in the mountains of Arctic Sweden.

Kungsleden Section 1 – Abisko to Nikkaluokta

The most popular section of the entire Kungsleden. Here you will find a day by day guide to this popular 105 km of trail taking you through stunning mountain landscapes.

Kungsleden Section 2 – Singi to Vakkotavare

South from Singi, the trail begins to grow quieter. This chapter is a day by day guide to this short section of trail for those continuing towards Kaitumjaure and beyond.

Kungsleden Section 3 – Saltoluokta to Kvikkjokk

From the beauty of Saltoluokta, this section of trail takes you along the easter border of Sarek national park. From deep, dense forest to high mountain plateaus, this section of the trail has it all. Additionally, a short detour to Skiefe and Rapadale, one of Sweden’s best views is provided.

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Kungsleden North - Abisko to Kvikkjokk

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