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Kungsleden Day 2 – Abisko to Alesjaure

I woke up around 7am and after a quick breakfast of PROPER bread sandwiches with chicken slices, yogurt etc, we were on our way into the wilderness. I decided not to carry any extra food (weight) and just buy it as needed from the shops in the huts each day. But I wish I had as at this point i had no idea that for the next 3 days I will be eating Ryvita. I think eating ryvita on its own is torture 😦 , it should be banned… its ok with cheese though …anyway more on this later.

 

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Also at this point nobody thought it’s going to be a grand 30k+ walk. Everyone hunky-dory, walking through beautiful trail and enjoying the scenery which was a mixture of flat meadows and birch forests.

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There were lots of duckboards and we came across a couple of deer.

 

The first challenge was to ford an ice cold water stream bare footed, as we couldn’t find any bridge. Most of the people in the group were quite experienced in that from their last trip to Iceland. They showed my how to tie up my boots around the neck. The water and the rocks were so cold, it felt like I was pressing my feet against needles. I nearly fell into the waters but some saviour quicky realised that and handed me a walking pole.

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while other ppl desperately looking for a bridge or some path to cross the stream, Zabeen smiling as if she knew what was coming 🙂

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A variety of flora along the way.

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We went through the Abisko National Park.

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When the trail arrives at the Abiskojaure-lake the birches occasionally take a few steps back and that leaves us with an open scenery by the lake with high mountains on both sides.

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Abiskojaure cabins were built on the opposite side, and at the other end of the lake we reach the cabins by crossing a river on a suspension bridge.

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We all had lunch by the suspension bridge with a lovely view of Abiskojaure-lake. Although we skip the Abiskojaire hut, nature called and a quick visit to the hut got me the taste of a typical mountain hut toilet. Let’s not talk about it in further details. It did the job 🙂

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After the lunch we head towards the towering peak of Garddenvarri again with lots of flora and mushrooms.

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The trail was flat all the way but it was rocky, and when I say rocky I meant real rocky, it was hurting after half way through, Few people really struggled due to overloaded backpack with tents, camping stuff and god knows what else.

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Ray, the power house, finally decided to take some rest 🙂

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The highlight was going through high altitude meadow with grassy fields and rocks, and high peaks all around us before reaching Alisjavri lake. The views were just breath taking. I just couldn’t get enough of the views 🙂

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After walking for 26km we reached the point where we have the option to take boat for the remaining 6km to Alesjaure hut. There was a small tent where a French lady was already preparing fire.

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Von resting

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Nigel in the tent having a coffee while waiting for the boat

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Sean decided to pose for a click 🙂

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The boat point.

Most of us decided to carry on for another 6 km, after taking a short rest, to Alesjaure as the boat costed 300 crowns.

Unlike most of the others I was in no pain at all and was still buzzing with the views and surroundings.

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I was please to see the huts in the distance. There was a cabin for a shop with sitting room. Separate cabins for toilets, sauna etc. We got there around 6pm i guess.

 

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The location of the hut was amazing with a great view to Alisjavri lake on either side.

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After settling in I went straight to the shop as I was starving. Everything there was either tin packed, expedition food or dry food. Even the milk was dry. I wasn’t expecting too much honestly but no bread, yogurt or fresh food, it was a bit disappointing after walking over 30 km whole day. But hey when you are hungry everything tastes good :). I got some stuff for the dinner as well as breakfast & lunch for the next day.

The sauna and washing cabins closed at 9pm. I missed it as I was too tired after having another pasta bolognese dinner.  I just sat by the hut, had my occasional fag with a cuppa and admired the views for a long time.

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Here I also find out the washing system in kitchen as there were no taps.

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Cooking pasta 🙂

I noticed that the bathrooms were quite far from the rooms but then i realized why is that way…there was no running water, flush ..you can imagine the fragrance 🙂

There was no electricity but there was a wood fire burner in each room and it was very cosy.

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All dry food supply via helicopter.

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Kungsleden Day 1 – Arriving at Abisko

After a long day of flights from London to Kiruna via Stockholm plus waiting for delayed train at Kiruna train station for ages, we finally arrived at the village of Abisko in the evening. After settling in at the hostel Abisko.net, we went to the nearby supermarket to load up with ration for the next 3-4 days. We didn’t see many ppl in the village apart from some at the supermarket. After a tasty pasta bolognese dinner prepared by Carl and Anna, although at that point I didn’t realize that this was pretty much the dinner I am going to have for the rest of the days in Lapland 😦 , some of us decided to take a short walk. Basically our group leader, Ray, wanted to get familiarize with the starting point of the trail. By 11pm we were all in bed ready for an adventure pack day ahead 🙂

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View from the train from Kiruna to Abisko

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I was surprise to see a cadillac waiting for pickup at the train station 🙂

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The hostel warden greeting us. He was so cute I felt like as he just popped out from a video game Actually the hostel was more than what I expected. There was sauna, hot water shower and wifi.

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We were greeted by a rainbow 🙂

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We were told not to waste hot water by the warden and if somebody did they will be allocated a very special place for the night 🙂

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Ray in search for the start of the trail.

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We realized there was a blue team among us 🙂  (Sean, Stephanie, myself and Elman)

 

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Counting days for my next trip to Lapland – 5 days along Kungsleden

Can’t wait for my next trip to Lapland. Will be hiking the same 110km from Nikkaloukta to Abisko between 16th -21st Aug, that 2000+ “Fjällräven Classic” hikers do every year. The trail runs from the village of Nikkaluokta in the south to Abisko in the north and travels 110 km along the classic hiking trail Kungsleden (“The King’s Trail”), passing through breathtaking mountainous regions and lush, green valleys.

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