Arctic Excursions - Adventures above the Arctic Circle!
This web site contains information and photos from treks through the alpine wilderness in Swedish Lapland. It is covering hikes along the “King’s Trail” between Abisko and Kvikkjokk in the summers of 2002 and 2204, and a hike between Abisko and Nikkaloukta in the fall of 2000.
There is also a description of a 9 day trek through Sarek, with start and goal in Ritsem, in the summer of 2003. It went by Kisuris and Staloluokta along the Padjelanta Trail. Then into Sarek through Álggavágge, Skarja, Ruohtesvágge, and back to Ritsem by Kisuris.
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Abisko - Kvikkjokk along the King’s Trail
The King’s Trail between Abisko and Kvikkjokk offers a smorgasbord of the Swedish alpine terrain. The landscape varies by the day and covers most alpine terrain types. Along the trail between Abisko and Kvikkjokk there are cabins, every 20-30 km or so, run by STF (Svenska Turistföreningen/The Swedish Tourist Association). The cabins are open both during the summer and the winter seasons and provides shelter for the night if you do not want to camp out. In Abisko and Kvikkjokk STF are running stations with restaurants and all other conveniences available.
Kvikkjokk - Hemavan along the King’s Trail
The southern part of the King’s Trail is much less travelled than the northern part of trail. One reason is that there are no manned cabins between Kvikkjokk and Ammarnäs. You are on your own. However, this part of the King’s Trail is offering an interesting and changing landscape. In particular the segment between Ammarnäs and Hemavan, which also have 5 manned STF cabins.
Abisko - Nikkaluokta
This is a “classic” trek. It is a common “first” trek for the beginner, but is also popular with the more experienced trekkers. It offers fantastic vistas in alpine terrain. There are cabins along the trail, every 20-30 km or so, run by STF (Svenska Turistföreningen/The Swedish Tourist Association). The cabins are open both during the summer and the winter seasons and provides shelter for the night if you do not want to camp out. In Abisko and Kebnekaise STF are running stations with restaurants and all other conveniences available.
Sarek and the Padjelanta Trail
Sarek, or “Europe’s last Wilderness” as it is is also known as, has its very special attractiveness. In Sarek none of of the infrastructure present along the King’s Trail is available There are no cabins, and there are no marked trails. A few bridges are available, primarily to support the reindeer industry. In Sarek you are on your own. For good and for bad..