THE STORY

I decided to leave home for my birthday and go for a walk. I took the train to Abisko and met some friends already on the train. I spent an evening in Abisko before walking south on the King’s Trail. I slept in the huts along the way and the first night I spent in Abiskojaure. I meet some interesting new people and one of them was probably 80+ years. She had been visiting the area every year for a longer time than I’d been alive… She told stories all night and pointed out some great places on the map. The next evening I walked to Alesjaure and spent some time in their lovely sauna. The evening was cold but nice so we stood outside watching the sun go down towards the horizon before going to bed. The evening after i had the great pleasure to see the waterfall in Tjäktja open up. When I got there it was all ice and snow and during the evening it became more and more dark grey. At 11pm it was a small waterfall and the bottle of red was all gone…. I really liked this evening and the woman working there. In Sälka cabin I meet a girl from Lithuania and we talked a lot about life, love and jobs. I later met here in Stockholm for a coffee. I woke up early the next day and walked up Durling’s trail towards the summit of Kebnekaise but had to turn around 3 km before the summit. During midsummer I had a couple of beers at Kebnekaise Alpstation and had some great food. I ended the trip in Nikkaluokta.

ABOUT THE TRAIL

The trail is 110km long and you have the possibility to sleep over in 6 cabins along the way. You will walk close to Kebnekaise, Swedens highest mountain. There will be a lot of rocks along the trail and from time to time you will walk on boardwalks.

Maps

I always suggest you to have a proper map and a compass with you in a waterproof case. Take a look at Calazo maps (app for Iphone and iPad) I like to have it on my Ipad during the evening and as a complement to my paper edition. Maps in this region is 1:100.000. I recommend Calazo’s maps!
Maps.me could be an alternative to your real map during the evenings or when you walk perhaps and it’s free to use.

Midsummer in Kebnekaise

I didn’t book in advance but if you want to be sure i suggest you to book. They have good food, similar people, activities and beer.

Food

You can buy some basic food, candy, beer and coke at Nikkaluokta, Kebnekaise, Sälka, Alesjaure, Abiskojaure and in Abisko.
Nikkaluokta, Kebnekaise and Abisko have really good restaurants as well.
Oh! Don’t forget to eat at least one burger at Lap Donald’s.

When

If you walk in mid June it could be really wet and depending on the last winter you can have fields of snow along the trail. I had snowshoes on this trip. If you don’t want this I recommend you to walk in late august or beginning of september.

ROUTE

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