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 approximately 130 km.
- depart Copenhagen by train September 5th, 2019
- arrive Stockholm September 5th, 2019
- depart Stockholm on the night train September 5th, 2019
- arrive Riksgränsen (Katterjåkk Turiststation) September 6th, 2019
- depart Abisko by train September 12th, 2019
- arrive Kiruna September 12th, 2019
- overnight at a hotel in Kiruna September 12th, 2019
- depart Kiruna by plane September 13th, 2019
- arrive Copenhagen via Stockholm September 13th, 2019
I need to get off the train at the stop before Riksgränsen called Katterjåkk Turiststation
I waited until mid July 2019 before I ordered my return transport to Copenhagen. I did want to travel by train for my return journey but the tickets were still not available. Not wanting to wait any longer I ordered a flight home just like last year.
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.
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 (06.09.2019)
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 (07.09.2019)
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 (08.09.2019)
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 (09.09.2019)
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 (10.09.2019)
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 (11.09.2019)
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 (11.09.2019)
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 (12.09.2019)
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.
Map of the area
I’ll be using the Fjällkartan 1:100 000 BD6 Abisko – Kebnekaise – Narvik map weighing 65 grams. I purchased it on-line here from Maps Worldwide.
Updated Sunday, 14 July 2019
Updated Monday, 15 June 2020
You can view and downloaded my map here on AllTrails – this is the route that I ended up hiking because I developed some shin splint pain in my right leg. Please see DAY 4 report here for explanation.
This is the proposed route that I had planned to hike as described in this post here on AllTrails where you can download a GPX file if you wish.