Abisko-Abiskojaure, The King's Trail
The King’s Trail is Sweden's oldest and best-known hiking trail. It stretches from Abisko to Hemavan.
The trail initially follows the impressive Abiskojåkka Canyon, which eventually gives way to a more calmly flowing stream through verdant mountain birch forest. For the entire stretch you have the so-called Abisko Alps in view. The trail is wide and easy to hike, and there are often large numbers of hikers here. Soon after the bridge across Nissunjohka there is a resting and tent pitching site. It is the only place in the national park where you are allowed to pitch a tent, except for Abisko Mountain Station and at the Abiskojaure Cabins.
When you have just over 3 km to go to the Abiskojaure Cabins, the stream runs into Lake Ábeskojávri. To get to the Abiskojaure Cabins, you leave the King's Trail and cross the stream Kamajåkka via a suspension bridge. Those carrying a tent but who do not wish to pitch it at the cabins should continue a few kilometres on the King’s Trail to leave the national park. The whole hiking stretch is in Abisko National Park.
Duration: 4-5 hours
Easy-to-walk path with occasional plankways.
Abisko is about 100 km from Kiruna. Both a road (the E10) and a railway lead here. The nearest train station is called Abisko Tourist Station. From it, the gateway to the King’s Trail, the Mountain Station and Abisko Visitor Centre are all in walking distance. There are several other trails in the national park.