Tours › 2005 › Northern Kungsleden › Intro


Having more or less "covered" the Jamtland fjelds of home, on foot and on skis, I had for some time entertained a desire to visit the vaster fjeld regions of Lapland. Time was allocated in early August, and during the summer I started thinking about where exactly to go.

I already had all but made up my mind about the following things:

  1. to start in Abisko
  2. to mount the South Peak of Giebmegáisi, the highest point in Sweden
  3. to have the dinner buffet at Kebnekaise fjeld station
  4. to finish in Nikkaluokta.

Beyond that, I felt no particular obligation – and that was just how I wanted it. I was to reside in both a newly purchased tent and the cottages of the Swedish Tourist Association, STF, so I had a large degree of freedom – also just how I wanted it. I did, however, make a plan concerning which paths to take, which valleys to cross and which regions to ignore. Whether or not I would adhere to it was to be settled at a later time, once faced with the actual circumstances. In any event, I would use Kungsleden (Royal Trail) as a base for direction, but spend most of the time off it.

My packing list was as follows:

To wear 
underpantsboxer shorts80g
sockspolyester/cotton mix50g
thermal underwear410g
wind trousersCraft200g
wind jacketCraft290g
hiking bootsMeindl Performance1890g
hatHaglöfs felt hat175g
knifepersonally handmade + belt200g
To carry 
rucksackMcKinley Crestone 70 + rain cover2725g
shirtlarge, warm cotton shirt540g
sweaterfleece sweater390g
cap and glovesthin skiing cap and gloves150g
rain clothesSwedish Postal Service issue550g
spare underpants(see above)250g
spare socks(see above) + wool190g
leisure clothesTouch9 micro fleece suit + T-shirt575g
light shoessandals670g
Food related 
thermos½ liter325g
drinking vessel, tablewarecamping set, water flask175g
camping stove, fuelTrangia standard + ½ l ethanol1450g
food and drink 3 DryTech REAL freeze dried packages
1 Wildlife freeze dried package
2 Blå Band Outdoor Meals freeze dried packages
1 package of Tortellini
1 l oatmeal
19 Varma Koppen/Cup-a-Soup instant soup packages
8 Ögonblink instant chocolate packages
10 tea bags
1 package of hard bread
3 packages of various soft breads
1 can of butter
20 cheese slices
~30 beef slices
2 tubes of cream cheese
1 package of biscuits
2 large chocolate bars
1 slab of dried reindeer meat
Camping related 
tentFjällräven Skule R/S 22650g
sleeping bagAjungilak Kompakt L synthetic filling1700g
sleep mat350g
Other required stuff 
towellight medium-sized towel350g
flashlightLED headband90g
medical stuffbandage, anti-chafe adhesive115g
hygiene stufftoothbrush, toothpaste, mini-shampoo, toilet paper220g
mapfjeld map (BD6: Abisko-Kebnekaise-Narvik)120g
mosquito repellantUS622 stick35g
payment, recordingcards, bills, paper, pencil15g
bookThe Songs of Distant Earth (Arthur C. Clarke)160g
deck of cards80g
home key15g
cameraCanon PowerShot A75, batteries, memory cards455g
mobile phoneEricsson T65110g

I left Östersund on August 2, heading for Jokkmokk to visit my maternal grandmother for a few days and to attend the funeral of an elder relative who had been ailing for some time. I procured the last of the needed supplies – mostly fresh food – and finished the packing on Friday the 5th, having reserved a train ticket to Abisko for the following morning.

Here, then, is the full account of what transpired during the subsequent ten days. Each section has a header consisting of a short overview of the stage in question, complete with a map showing the route travelled. A ring marks the starting point, a square the lunch break location (if any), and a star the destination. Vertical distances have been calculated from the map and have an accuracy of 20 m. Unless otherwise defined, all breakfasts consisted of oatmeal porridge, tea and a sandwich, and all lunches of two cups of instant soup, a sandwich and water.



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