After Fjällräven Classic in 2015 I met up with Niklas for some more adventures. We started the next trip on top of Nuolja in Aurora Sky Station, Abisko. We had a couple of coffees and then walked down to Björkliden. If, like me, you start the walk in Nikkaluokta and end in Kilpisjärvi you have ~310km (192 miles) of trail to cover and you will only cross 2 roads along the way. On the trail, DNT and STF have a couple of cabins and they are really nice to have a break in or even to spend the night in.
On the second day Niklas suddenly stopped and pointed at a hill 100-200 metres away. A wolf was running around looking for food there so we stopped for a while, just watching him.
The Norweigan side of the trail is more “wild” then the Swedish side if you ask me, but I have walked the Swedish side 12 times and I would say both are worth it! There are no marked winter trails on the norweigan side and for me it just feels more “out there” because of that. From time to time you will walk over long parts of boulders covering the ground. If you’re used to it its no “biggie” but if you’re not it will take some time to pass them safetly. We never carried water! Instead we had foldable cups and had small breaks next to creeks. But I would advise you to carry at least 0,5 litres if you are unsure.
ABOUT THE TRAIL
Nordkalottruta or Arctic Trail is a marked hiking trail in the Arctic region of Nordic countries. The trail passes through Øvre Dividal National Park, Reisa National Park, Abisko National Park and Padjelanta National Park as well as the Sulitjelmafjellet and Narvikfjellregions. The entire trail is marked and serviced by mountain huts. Most of the huts will be of the unstaffed type, where you must carry your own food.
The huts are really nice and some of the Swedish ones have a small shop and a sauna but to have your own tent with you is freedom and you can sleep wherever. On the Norwegian side you need to buy a key from DNT to be able to enter the cabins.
Between Nikkaloukta and Björkliden there is 5 places or so where you can buy food but I recommend you to carry all from the beginning and refill in Abisko or Björkliden in the little shops there. From Björkliden to Kilpisjärvi we didn’t pass any shops and had to carry everything.
Treriksröset to Kilpisjärvi by boat
There is a daily boat going between Kilpisjärvi and Treriksröset. You have to walk a couple of km to get to the boat. The boats name is M/S Malla. You need cash or credit card.