Trail: Kungsleden and Kebnekaise – Lapland, Sweden

Anna and I are just back from a week of trail running and climbing in Lapland, at the extreme North of Sweden, above the Arctic circle. We ran 130 km along the famous Kungsleden, from Nikkaluokta to Abisko and climbed the Kebnekaise (2,106 m), the highest peak of Sweden. Overall we have been lucky with the weather; the temperatures were around 12°C, no rain but we had some clouds and strong winds, especially during the Kebnekaise climb (70km/h).

Tjaktja Pass (© A. Gatta)
Tjaktja Pass (© A. Gatta)

We will post a full story with more photos and a video soon.

Anna going toward the Kebnekaise (© Philippe. Gatta)
Anna going toward the Kebnekaise (© P. Gatta)

We ran the Kungsleden in 4 stages (see the details below), carrying 10kg packs with all necessary gear, clothes and some food. We bought some food in the huts too.

The start of Kungsleden at Nikkaluokta (© Philippe Gatta)
The start of Kungsleden at Nikkaluokta (© P. Gatta)

1) Nikkaluokta – Kebnekaise mountain lodge: 19km, +300m / -130m
2) Kebnekaise mountain lodge – Salka mountain hut: 27.5km, +530 / -390m
3) Salka mountain hut- Alesjaure mountain hut: 26km, +615m / -660m
4) Alesjaure mountain hut – Abisko: 34km, +185m / -620m

On the way to Kebnekaise (© Philippe Gatta)
On the way to Kebnekaise (© P. Gatta)

Philippe between Kebnekaise and Singi (© A Gatta)
Philippe between Kebnekaise and Singi (© A. Gatta)

Kungsleden trail: distance = 110 km, ascent: 1630m / descent: 1800m.

Singi mountain hut (© P Gatta)
Singi mountain hut (© P. Gatta)

Close to Salka hut (© A. Gatta)
Close to Salka hut (© A. Gatta)

Close to Salka hut (© P. Gatta)
Close to Salka hut (© P. Gatta)

Reindeer (© P. Gatta)
Reindeer (© P. Gatta)

Anna around reindeers (© P. Gatta)
Anna around reindeers (© P. Gatta)

Anna after Tjaktja Pass (© P. Gatta)
Anna after Tjaktja Pass (© P. Gatta)

Alesjaure (© P. Gatta)
Alesjaure (© P. Gatta)

We climbed the West route of Kebnekaise (2,106 m) from the Kebnekaise mountain lodge. The route is easy and pretty straight forward but the last 200 meters were in the clouds and with gale wind.

The East glacier of Kebnekaise seen from 200m below the top (© P. Gatta)
The East glacier of Kebnekaise seen from 200m below the top (© P. Gatta)

Kebnekaise: distance = 20 km, ascent: 2000m / descent: 2000m.

Sweden (© Philippe. Gatta)
Sweden flag (© P. Gatta)

More information on Kungsleden and Kebnekaise (English)
Plus d’informations sur Kungsleden et Kebnekaise (Francais)

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