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King's Trail (Kungsleden)

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301.5 mile 485.3 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 29,095' 8,868 m
Descent: -28,761' -8,766 m
High: 3,685' 1,123 m
Low: 991' 302 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)

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An epic journey through the wilderness of northern Sweden.

Johan Ahlberg

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

The King's Trail is a quiet, exposed trail where you are quite isolated in some areas so be careful and think safety first. Be sure you have the right equipment, knowledge, and experience to handle an emergency and to give first aid if something happens. Call 112 if you need assistance but don't depend on your phone because the signal can be poor or non-existant in some areas.

If you inform the staff in the mountain huts of your plans for the day, they might keep an eye on you.

The season, when the huts are open usually runs between mid-June and the end of September, rowing boats are usually at place in the end of June or beginning of July, but the weather can be very treacherous, including late or early snow.

Read the Swedish law about Right of public access – a unique opportunity.

Runner Notes

The trail is well marked and many sections are well equipped and bridges take you easily over what would otherwise be difficult fast-flowing streams.

Description

The King's Trail (Kungsleden) in northern Sweden, is probably is one of the world’s most famous hiking trails.

The trail is approximately 440 kilometers (270 miles) long, between Abisko in the north and Hemavan in the south and it passes through four national parks: Abisko, Stora Sjöfallet, Sarek and Pieljekaise.

Read more about King's Trail:
Swedish Tourism Association
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Flora & Fauna

Reindeer husbandry is carried out along the complete length of the trail, and visitors must show consideration.

A guide to the mountain flora of Swedish Lapland

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The view from Tjäktja pass, looking down Tjäktjavaggi is one of the trail’s best. Foto: Christoph Strässler from Oberdorf BL, Schweiz (Tjäktjavagge) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Nov 14, 2018 near Kiruna, SE

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