THE KINGS TRAIL

Hiking above the Arctic Circle; a journey across Swedish Lapland.

High mountains and deep valleys, verdent forests, rich flora and fauna; the ‘Kings Trail’ offers a magnificent and varied landscape with a living Sámi culture. Spend 13 days hiking above the pure Arctic circle. Staying in remote mountain huts in beautiful locations with wood burning fires and an opportunity for daily saunas. We often see wild herds of Reindeer, and the stunning midnight sun means we have a warming glow to this very special journey.

Key information

July 1st – July 13th 2020 

13 days

Challenging

Airport:  Stockholm

Daily mountain Saunas

4 * Spa hotel in Stockholm

Max group size 8 pax

Classic train journey

At A Glance

Lapland – Home of the midnight sun.

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Days 1 - 3

Starting our journey in the vibrant Scandanvian city of Stockholm we take the night train travelling across the length of the country to arrive at the very tip of Northern Sweden in the small village of Abisko home to the Gabna Sami community. 

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Days 4 - 10

Our hut to hut journey takes us across 136km of spectacular Arctic tundra. Wide open glacial valleys, snowy mountain passes and enchanting forest. We find ourselves falling into a simple, rewarding daily routine linking the journey together, with no mobile phone signal we having zero distractions and can completely connect with our natural environment and incredible surroundings. Each mountain hut is run by dedicated wardens who provide a friendly welcome. Equipped with small kitchens, warming wood burning stoves, and best of all saunas we have simple yet charming accommodation in a remote setting. Our journey ends in Saltoluokta fjallstation, a perfect location for wild swimming, relaxtion and a little indulgence with their home cooked cuisine.

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Days 11 - 13

Returning back from the Kungsleden by train connecting at Guillvare we travel through the night to Stockholm. The Swedish train journey makes for a world class experience as we pass the varying landscapes across the length of the country. We have fun utilising the sleeping ‘couchettes’ and train restaurant which all adds to this wonderful adventure. With a little time to explore Stockholm its time to celebrate as we enjoy a parting farewell mea!

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Need To Know

 

Accommodation

7 x nights in rustic mountain refuges

2 x nights in comfortable mountain hotels

2 x nights on the classic Sweden night train

2 x nights in 4* central Stockholm Hotel

Absolutely one of the best highlights of this trip are the incredible outdoor Sauna’s located at each mountain hut. Very much part of the Swedish ethos, the hut warden explains how it all works, and then its over to you! Session’s typically are Women 5 – 6:30pm, Men 6:30 – 8pm, Mixed 8 – 10pm. You utilise the hot water generated from the wood burner to wash yourself, then can cool down in the adjoining stream! Swedish people traditional do not wear any clothes in the Sauna, however if preferred a bathing suit is completely acceptable. Its not uncommon also to see people enjoying a cold beer in the Sauna and having a good old chat with their fellow hikers; a perfect way to relax after a great hike!

What’s included

All accommodation

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, drinks on first and last night (apart from 2 lunches in Stockholm)

Guides

Our guides are exceptionally experienced with a passion for sharing the mountains, flora and fauna with you. All qualified and licensed International Mountain Leaders they will bring the trip alive.

With this particular trip we set a maximum group size of 8 people, allowing for a small personalised experience.

Booking and Price

Cost: €3000pp

Single Supplement available in Stockholm

We manage every booking independently to ensure attention to detail and provide a personalised service.

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Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions (updated Jan 2019)All trips are sold subject to these Terms and Conditions (hereinafter T&Cs). 

1. Insurance

All clients need to be adequately insured for all activities they are taking part in. Insurance must include repatriation and details should be provided at the beginning of each trip.

All European clients should obtain a European Health insurance card (EHIC), however, this is not a substitute for travel insurance.

2. Health and fitness

Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. In order to assist with this, all trips are graded and we welcome the opportunity to discuss trip details/answer questions in advance of your reservation. Trip members must be in sufficiently good health to undertake the trip, and if unsure seek medical advice in advance. For your own safety, you need to inform us of any medical conditions in advance or at the start of the trip. Trip members are also required to bring adequate clothing/equipment as advised in the pre-departure information.

3. Dietary Requirements

We endeavor to work with clients and accommodate their dietary requirements. However such is the nature of adventure travel we may be limited to specific menus e.g remote Mountain Huts, Tea Houses in the Himalaya’s etc. We fully encourage you to contact us in advance to discuss your requirements then we have every opportunity to explore options thereafter.

4. Cancellations and Fee Schedule Per Person

91 days or more prior to departure – €250 cancellation fee

61 – 90 days before departure – 25% of the trip cost

46 – 60 days before departure – 50% of the trip cost

45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Fees are calculated from the date we receive written cancellation notice which can be via email. If clients are unable to access email and cancel over the phone we will confirm in writing the cancellation.

If you cancel 91 days or more prior to departure, it may be possible to transfer to another trip without occurring any fees. Please discuss this with us in the first instance.

With specific departures, there may be an increase in cancellation fee if the accommodation provider T & Cs mean we are liable for payment.

5. Complaints

If you have a complaint, please contact us as soon as possible, in the first instance your leader is often your obvious point of contact. This ensures we have every opportunity to explores solutions to the problem(s) arising and we will do all we reasonably can to resolve the complaint. You must tell us within 4 weeks after your holiday of any complaints that you feel have not been dealt with properly.

6. Alterations By Us

We will tell you as soon as reasonably possible if we must make any alteration to your holiday. Most alterations are minor, but very occasionally we might have to make a major alteration. A major alteration is a change of location or to a lower standard of accommodation for a substantial part of your holiday, a change in start/finish dates or necessary price rise in your holiday caused by rises in costs (e.g. exchange rates, internal transport etc). You may then choose as follows:

  • To accept these alterations
  • To withdraw from the holiday, in which case we will repay all monies paid to us including your deposit and this is the sum of our liability to you
  • To accept an alternative holiday that we may propose to you, in which case if the proposed holiday is a lower price we will pay you the difference and if it is a higher price we may ask for the difference.

You must inform us of your choice as soon as possible after we contact you.

7. Group Leadership

On a guided holiday your leader is responsible for the safety and enjoyment of the whole group and has sole discretion, on behalf of Live Breathe Hike, to exclude temporarily a participant from the group. They may also choose to terminate the participants holiday without the possibility of a refund if the leader thinks the participant is likely to endanger the group safety or spoil its enjoyment.

8. Your Responsibility

Mountain holidays by their very nature are adventurous, with a certain level of risk is undertaken. Individuals need to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner at all times; responding to advice, guidance, and instruction that may be given by the group leader / experienced professional and take all reasonable actions to eliminate accidents or injury.

9. Our Responsibilities

We will take all reasonable care to ensure that the information we give to you is accurate, including on our website, in your schedule and information pack. We will do all that we can to provide the service as described in the information we give to you. We are not liable if any failure is:

  • Attributable to anyone other than us
  • Attributable to a third party unconnected to us, and unforeseeable or unavoidable
  • Due to unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and could not have been avoided even if all due care had been taken
  • Due to an event which even with all due care we could not foresee or forestall

10. Cancellation By Us

Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to cancel any trip prior to departure for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient signup or logistics problems that may impede trip operations. The refund of all land payments received shall relate Live Breathe Hike from any further liability.

Live Breathe Hike must normally make substantial payments to its suppliers far in advance of the scheduled trip departure date. If a trip is canceled due to force majeure; (acts of God, war, strikes, earthquake, flooding etc), Live Breathe Hike will promptly refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible. However, Live Breathe Hike does not guarantee recovery of any or all of the advance payments made.

11. Additional Costs

Live Breathe Hike shall not be liable for (a) expenses such as additional nights and meals not specified in the individual trip itineraries, but which may required to get to from a trip start or end; expenses due to the delay of a trip for any reason (e.g. bad weather, trails conditions, land slides, flooding, sickness etc); (c) expenses occurred in recovering lost luggage by airlines, belongings left behind on a trip or in shipping purchases or other goods home from abroad; (d) visa and other incidental costs.

Live Breathe Hike reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any trips, and may use any such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes without payment.

 

Pure landscape

In the late 19th century the Swedish Tourist Board conceived the idea of creating a continuous hiking trail in Swedish Lapland. The first section Kvikkjokk to Abisko was cleared during the 1920s and in 1928 the Kungsleden appeared……