The southern part of the Kungsleden winds its way through the Jämtlandsfjäll region in central Sweden, only a stone’s throw away from the Norwegian border. And while the northern part of the so-called King’s Trail is walked by thousands of hikers each year, the chances are good that you can enjoy the southern part as the road less traveled. What's interesting, however, is that despite the lesser-known reputation, this part of the trail is in no way inferior to its northern brother, with the first few sections from Storlien to Fjällnäs being especially stunning. On the five-to-six-day hike through the Sylarna and Helags mountain ranges, you can admire Sweden's southernmost glacier and enjoy spectacular views of mountain peaks.
For adventurers, there are great wild-camping opportunities with a view over the endless expanse of the Swedish mountains. For friends of a cozier atmosphere, the mountain huts of the Swedish Tourist Association STF offer all the comforts one could wish for - from fantastic food to the post-hike-sauna.
From the Storlien station you start directly into the Swedish wilderness - the Storlienfjäll is waiting for you! First, the path passes between some holiday homes. Even the Swedish royal family has a hut here. Behind the STF Storliens Fjällgård Vandrarhem you will be on lonely paths again. When you arrive in the evening you will find in STF Vandrarhem the perfect starting point for the start the next morning. When you make a reservation, the keys are ready for you in the evening.The path leads through marsh and moorland down to the Enan, over which a chic new bridge leads to the other shore. From here begins the kingdom of the reindeer, in which the way back uphill, past a refuge, to the STF Fjällstation Blåhammaren leads. Here you can expect a hot shower and a great dinner, so you can fall well-starved into bed.
On today's stage you will be accompanied by a view of the snow-powdered Sylarnamassiv - an Eldorado for ski tourers here in central Sweden. The path leads slightly downhill to the restaurant Enkälen, before climbing up to the Enkälen-See plateau, where after two thirds of today's stage you will find a signpost and point to Sylarna.As you descend towards Enan, you can almost imagine the STF mountain station Sylarna in the middle of the white mountains. There are still a few kilometers to get there but you can look forward to a warm dinner and even a sauna!
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Today's tour begins with a spectacular view of the Sylarna massif, in whose cauldron even a small glacier hides. Behind the Fjällstation you can choose between two options for the first few kilometers: steep, but shorter, the path leads up the left side of the hill. If you follow the course of the river Sylälven for about two kilometers, the path turns to the east and meets again the normal variant. From here, the trail runs comfortably parallel to the slope in the valley and crosses some arms of the Handölan - sometimes with and sometimes without a bridge. Trekking sandals or poles help with crossings, especially at times of snowmelt. Behind the Mieskentjakke rest stop, you will soon pass the border between the historical provinces of Jämtland and Härjedalen. This is not overlooked thanks to the rusty blue metal sign on the roadside. Now the rest of the way to the mountain station Helags is a walk. Once there, good food, nice company and a warm sauna complete the day.
Today's hike to the small mountain hut Fältjägaren takes you over the literal climax of the entire tour. At the reindeer fence, about three kilometers behind the Helags Fjällstation, you reach the highest point of the entire southern Kungsleden! Enjoy the moment and the great view over the surrounding landscape. On the descent, the distinctive profile of the Predikstolen accompanies you as you wander across the high plateau to the mountain lodge.This short leg invites you to a (half) break, which you may need, because the way to Fjällnäs is still far away. For the sporty ambitious, a trip to the Helags glacier and summit is recommended from the STF Helgas Fjällstation. On this 8.5 km long round trip with 700 m ascent you can admire the Helags glacier from all sides and climb the highest point of Sweden south of the Arctic Circle - the Helags himself!
Today you have to get up early and have a good breakfast, because who wants to make the rest of the route to Fjällnäs without a tent and overnight stay in one of the shelters, must prepare for a long day. Relaxed starts the tour on the high plateau, while saying goodbye to the imposing Helagsgebirge slowly towards the valley. After crossing the Mittån, it is a bit knee-gentle downhill into the valley of the Ljusnan, where you walk for the first time again below the tree line in the midst of a birch forest. Beautifully shady, but beware: mosquitoes love shade!On the shores of Ljusnan, you can take a break after half the distance and get stronger for the rest of the stage. Especially the ascent on the other shore (signposts follow!) Has it all. But if you have mastered it then it goes relatively steadily downhill over the mountains, past two shelters and into the ski area around Fjällnäs. Do not be confused by the cross-country and snowmobile routes, but follow Kungsleden down to the valley.Once you have reached the Reichsstraße 84, it is done! Now off to the next hut, put your legs up and rest. The call taxi to Funäsdalen you should order in time for the next day, because the bus service is set for the summer months. In Funäsdalen there is next to a nice hostel on the lake also supermarkets, a pharmacy, a museum and a bus back to civilization.