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.