One thing is perfectly clear – Kungsleden between Abisko and Hemavan is one of the world’s most famous hiking trails, and possibly the best one. The path is more than 400 kilometres long, and was established by Svenska Turistföreningen at the beginning of the 20th century. It has since then been visited by hikers from all over the world.
Kungsleden passes through varied landscape in the Lapland mountain world. There are dramatic changes along the way between alpine terrain and low-lying mountain birch forest. A journey along Kungsleden takes you through verdant mountain heaths surrounded by tarns and dramatic peaks, and the trail also passes through several mountain villages.
Kungsleden passes through four national parks: Abisko, Stora Sjöfallet, Sarek and Pieljekaise. Reindeer husbandry is carried out along the complete length of the trail, and visitors must show consideration. The trail is well-marked and bridges take you easily over what would otherwise be difficult fast-flowing streams.
STF has no fewer than 16 mountain cabins along Kungsleden, separated by 10-20 kilometres. There are no STF cabins between Kvikkjokk and Ammarnäs, but a limited amount of other accommodation is available.
The most common locations to start or end a hike along Kungsleden are Abisko, Vakkotavare, Saltoluokta, Kvikkjokk, Ammarnäs and Hemavan. If you start in Nikkaluokta, there is a 2-day walk-in to reach Kungsleden.