This year I will be travelling north of the Arctic Circle once again. My plan is to start at Riksgränsen in the north, close to the Norwegian border, then hike south until I turn and climb the Mårma pass. I walk north and then east until I reach Abisko but first after I climb the same mountain pass at Kårsavagge that I did last year on day two. The trip should take me 7 days and 6 nights and total length is about 130 km. I plan to depart Copenhagen early August, 2019 and return home again mid August, 2019. However these dates are not locked in the calendar. I am also considering early September.
I haven’t arranged any transport at this stage. Last time I booked my train tickets at the end of May. I’m not sure yet if I’ll be travelling by train both ways or just one way like last time and then a flight home. I’m thinking about having an overnighter in Stockholm on the way home as I have never spent any time in the city before. I’ve travelled through Stockholm three times before but never stopped there.
I’ve upgraded my camera and associated photo gear so I’m counting on shooting some great video and photos for my Flickr site.
I also learnt the hard way on my last adventure up here to plan with graphs displaying the elevations that I’ll be climbing. On my first day in 2018 I didn’t realize how much time it would take me to climb the four kilometers up to the top of the mountain pass at Kårsavagge with 1150 m height. It actually took me two hours! I ended up not attempting the climb on the first day. A storm blew in and I decided to stay put until early the next morning.
This is my planned route below. I know a Danish guy that did this same trip a couple of years ago and now I will retrace his steps in 2019. After last year’s successful wander on Kungsleden I want to return to the area but this time away from the “hiker highway”.
Day 1 Riksgränsen to Stuor Kärpel emergency hut 12.35 km
With approximately 250 m elevation gain. Should be a relatively easy-going first day with not a lot of climbing. The Norwegian border is just west of the trail and at some stage I cross over into Norway before entering Sweden again. CAMP 1 is somewhere near Stuor Kärpel emergency hut.
Day 2 Stuor Kärpel emergency hut to Unna Allagas 17.48 km
I start at an elevation just below 800 m and climb about 200 m then drop to 700 m height at the end of the day. CAMP 2 is somewhere near Unna Allagas mountain hut.
Day 3 Unna Allagas to camp before Vistasstugan 24.19 km
Today I climb to just over 1200 m elevation and finish the day down at about 700 m. I will most probably pick up some supplies or at least a beer at Alesjaure mountain hut. I camped not far from here on my Kungsleden hike in 2018. It is a fantastic location so I’m looking forward to passing through here again. CAMP 3 is somewhere near a water source before Vistasstugan mountain hut.
4 Camp to Mårma Mountain Hut 19,95 km
Starting at 700 m elevation I climb the Mårma pass to just below 1500 m height and the day ends at just below 1250 m height. This will be the toughest day of the whole trip and the highest I will climb. Mårma pass is renowned for the long haul over thousands of rocks. If I wasn’t tired of rocks last time on Kungsleden then this will fix me up. CAMP 4 is somewhere near the Mårma Mountain Hut which is situated a little lower than the highest point.
Day 5 Mårma Mountain Hut to Lake Ahpparjavri 22.45 km
The day starts high nearly at the top of Måma Mountain where I camped the night before not far from the mountain hut. I hike down to the valley and then slightly up again where it levels out to 800 m elevation heading north-west until I find CAMP 5 near Lake Ahpparjavri.
Day 6 Part 1 Camp at Lake Ahpparjavri to Abiskojaure Mountain Hut 9.68 km
Just passing through Abiskojaure Mountain Hut. I might pick up some supplies here. At Abiskojaure I am down at 500 m elevation. I don’t want to camp anywhere near this mountain hut as this site did not appeal to me last time I passed through here so this is just a pass through.
Day 6 Part 2 Abiskojaure to Kårsavagge mountain hut 8.55 km
After leaving Abiskojaure I make my way up and over the pass at Kårsavagge at 1150 m elevation. CAMP 6 is somewhere along the river past Kårsavagge mountain hut. When I was here in 2018 I noted that there were some nice camp sites on the opposite side of the trail so I’ll just look for somewhere appropriate for my last night on trail.
Day 7 Camp near Kårsavagge to Abisko 12.65 km
I know this section from last time as it was my first day ever on trail in the Arctic north. I walk from 700 m height and then reach Abisko at just below 400 m elevation. Once I make my way down the area starts getting a little wet where the trail starts heading north.
I’ll post another update later if anything changes and I’ll probably post my packing list like last time when the time gets closer too.
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