Walking this event is like coming home. I’ve walked between Nikkaluokta and Abisko 10+ times and still embrace every step along the trail! I started to walk Fjällräven Classic in 2009. Since then I’ve walked it with overseas friends, friends from work, with mom and as a trekking host. Every time is special. The trail is 110km long and is north of the polar circle. During the event you will pass a couple of great saunas, the highest pass of the King’s Trail, eat pancakes like never before, scout for reindeers and brush your teeth and cook your food with majestic valleys and mountains around you. A foggy morning during coffee when a couple of sun rays get through the clouds, you can see them move around in the valley like playful children before going over the ridge. You sit there in your tent with a fluffy jacket on, people pass you on the trail and in a distance you can see some people taking down their tent. Later the sun is up and you’ve walked for a while, you cross a river and stop for a minute to refill your water bottle. You meet some people and you’re invited to walk with them. Later in the evening you’re still together chatting about life.
I would say this event is a life changer in one way or another. Do you agree?
A 110km trail, wild landscapes, free camping and you. This is Classic Sweden. It’s an epic journey in a vast, rugged wilderness way above the Arctic Circle. With everything you need packed into your backpack, this is the landscape you’ll call home while you trek from Nikkaluokta to Abisko, partly following The King’s Trail.
THINGS TO SEE
• I like to stay at Enoks a couple of km from Nikkaluokta. You’ve been walking for a while, the view is great and they have coffee to sip during your visit.
• After Kebnekaise Station there is a suspension bridge, cross it and walk up to the top. Great view!
• Perhaps you will stand on Swedens highest peak, and on the way down you can choose to take a right turn and walk down along Durlings trail. It’s a nice one.
• Enjoy the sauna in Sälka with a small group of people. Skinny dipping, drinking a cold beer and look out the window. One hour can easily disappear during the evening and you’re prepared for a new day along the trail.
• Going down towards Tjäktja cabins through the land of stones. A really cool place to be hiking in. Don’t miss out!
• In Alesjaure you can enjoy another cold dip in the lake and run into the sauna afterwards. If you ask the staff you can even have directions to The Phantoms Cave. There is a lot to see and enjoy along the trail, take your time!