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North of the Arctic Circle, this remote long-distance trail cuts through the tundra and beautiful rolling valleys of Swedish Lapland, travelling hut-to-hut to Kebnekaise, the country's highest peak – make the ascent if you're up to the challenge!


From £1145, land only

Duration: 9 days
Departures: Sunday departures in June and July
Start point: Abisko
End point: Kiruna

Greentraveller’s Travel Advice: Start your green holiday from the UK with a spectacular overland journey to Northern Sweden. From London, take the train to Harwick International Port, where the ferry for Esbjerg awaits. Upon arrival in Denmark, travel by train to Östersund via Copehnhagen and Stockholm.  

>> For full details, see: Train and Ferry from London to Östersund

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Overview of King's Trail Trekking Holiday, Sweden

Trek through Swedish Lapland and climb its highest peak on one of Europe's wildest and remotest hikes, the 'King's Trail' or 'Kungsleden'. Just 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle deep in Swedish Lapland, this is a stunning region carpeted in windflower meadows, dense birch forest and spectacular glacial valleys, where indigenous Sami people still look after their herds of reindeer. Trek to the wonderful viewpoint of the T'tja Pass, see impressive waterfalls of the Tj'ktajakka Valley, bed down in remote mountain huts (some have saunas to soothe weary limbs!). There’s even a chance to do a glacier trek and scale Sweden's highest peak.

Although this holiday follows well-defined paths and on some days you’ll cover 25km, so this isn't a trip for the faint-hearted. You’ll also need to carry all of your belongings (a 50-60 litre backpack is recommended) and a small supply of the communal food. The longest and most strenuous day of the trekking holiday will be on the ascent of Kebnekaise. Group members will be issued with a climbing harness and a climbing helmet. With the local guide leading, the group will be roped together when crossing the lower glacier and on any snow-slope sections of the route. Because this route is regularly climbed there are usually big foot-steps in the snow to follow. Sections of the route involve easy scrambling, with the assistance and security of fixed ropes, which you will clip in to. Only those that want to need tackle Kebnekaise!

What price includes

  • Professional, English-speaking Swedish guide
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Technical equipment and guiding for the Kebnekaise ascent
  • 1 night hotel
  • 7 nights in mountain huts
  • Boat and bus transport to Kiruna after the trek



Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Abisko Mountain Station

Nearest train station to meeting point:

Transfer to meeting point:
Guests make their own way to meeting point
It is a short walk from the station to the lodge

How to get there:
Train from London to Abisko (via Östersund)

Plan your journey by train to Östersund

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
A hotel in Kiruna

Nearest train station to finish point:

Transfer to finish point:
Guests make their own way to station
Take a bus or taxi from the hotel to Kiruna Station

How to get back:
Train from Kiruna to London (via Östersund)

Plan your return train journey from Östersund