Trek the King's Trail Sweden
Deep in Swedish Lapland, the King’s Trail is one of the world’s most revered hiking routes. About 200km north of the Arctic Circle, it is one of the last wild frontiers in Europe. Sami communities live in the birch forests, fish eagles soar over Abiskojaure Lake and in June you’ll spot reindeer cooling themselves in the remnants of last winter’s snow in Tjaktjajakka Valley. Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain (2,111m) towers above semi-tundras where, in early summer, you’ll see six varieties of wild orchid nourished by the midnight sun. On KE Adventures’ nine-day trek you’ll walk just under 100km of the route, from Abisco to Nikkaloukta. For the most part the trail is relatively flat, apart from day seven, which includes a climb up the mighty Bjorlings Glacier to the slopes of Kebnekaise. The beauty of this trail is its wildness. There are no hotels along the way, just mountain stations (with beds and wood-burning stoves). After a long day’s walking, relax tired muscles in a sauna before cooling off in a melt-water stream as the midnight sun turns the mountains a golden ochre – it’s a magical experience. If you fancy a little Scandi luxury before flying home, Scandic Ferrum in Kiruna is a short drive from the airport and its interiors combine local materials such as moose skin with funky ethnic fabrics along with warming open fires.