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This year we have signed up for Fjällräven Classic in Northern Sweden – a 110 km hike (Kungsleden – also called King’s Trail) with about 2000 participants. We are going to be in group 7 which starts on August 9th at 09.00 am with over 200 group participants. Below you can see some pictures from the start and the end of Fjällräven Classic. For example, you could pack as much camping food as you were able to carry. The costs were included in the participant fee.
Some may wonder why to participate in such an event if you want to experience silence and nature in Swedish Lapland? Well, we are also interested to share the experience with other hikers and after all, there is so much space that we will most likely be able to spot a quiet place away from the crowd. Besides our hike, we might also go 1 or 2 days packrafting before or after the event in this area.
Preparation for Fjällräven Cassic is quite simple compared to self-organized trips as most of the transportation and food is arranged by the organizer and as we have already experienced Swedish Lapland (Sarek) in 2013 we know more or less what to expect from this hike.
Physically, we are also in good shape as Patrick is jogging at least 3-4 times a week and Konstantin is biking quite a lot besides our hiking and packrafting activities.
Transportation to Kiruna
At the moment we are trying to find an inexpensive way to get to Kiruna. Konstantin is most likely flying from Amsterdam to Stockholm and I will either take the boat or a plane from Turku to Stockholm. From there we will most likely take the train up to Kiruna. Of course, we still hope to get inexpensive flights to Kiruna but at the moment it doesn’t look promising. Maybe they will be available later on.
- 2 Merino shirts (1 long and 1 short sleeved)
- 1 synthetic T-Shirt
- Jetboil Sol Ti
- Katadyn Mini
- 2 pairs of Merino underwear
- 2 pairs of Merino socks
- Arcteryx Squamish Hoody
- Nuts / Chocolates / musli bars / porridge / Tea bags
- Suunto Ambit3 GPS watch / small emergency compass
- First aid kit
- Towel / toothbrush / 3 small packages of wet toilet paper / environmental friendly soap or disinfect liquid
- Sleeping pad
- Deuter Boulder Gaiter
- Hilleberg Anjan 3 tent
- Cumulus Panyam 450
- HMG Porter 4400 black
- Map (most likely a waterproof Calazo map)
- Black Diamond Ultra Distance Z-Poles
- Hat and gloves
- Fleece / light down (jacket)
- Arcteryx Tecto FL jacket
- Proper hiking boots (no trail runners)
- Petzl Nao headlamp
- Arcteryx Palisade Pants
- Small knife
- Phone (not sure if there is a network coverage in this area. At least in Sarek National Park our phones didn’t work).
- Mug, spoon & fork
- BPA free plastic bottle for water
- Anker Astro 3E battery and a camera
- Exped Air Pillow UL and Exped SynMat UL 7
We are already quite excited. Are you going to participate at Fjällräven Classic as well? Let us know!