I woke up around half past 7, had some breakfast and packed my backpack. Went to the shop to get the last of my supplies and I started on the Kungsleden trail!
The weather was good! The sun was out and the trail started pretty easy through a forrest. The first cabin was only 14 km away and I reached it a bit after 12 in the afternoon. Because the weather was so good I decided to push on to the second cabin, walking the first 2 days in one day.
The terrain was getting tougher and I also got higher. After some time I got at 800 metres high. Because there is a late summer in Sweden, like in Norway, the snow has started melting later so the terrain was getting more and more wet.
The advantage of the Kungsleden trail is that you will meet at least some people and you can share the misery about getting wet feet. The last couple of hours I walked with some other guys which was nice.
With still around 7 km to go with hit the snow for the first time, which I did not like. I saw enough snow at the North Cape and I wasn’t planning on more snow. The first snow was quite thick so you wouldn’t sink in it that much.
With still like 3 or 4 km to go we hit a river and other people were already there, debating how to cross the river. It was 3 metres wide without a possibility to get across with dry feet. Some were taking off their shoes and putting on other like flipflops. I didn’t carry other shoes and it didn’t seem smart to me to do it barefoot. So I just went for it. My shoes were already wet for like 60 percent and it was already a long day of hiking. In the last 3 or 4 km there was still a lot of snow and at some moments I went in up to my knees.
With completely wet shoes I arrived at the cabin and I got a bed. Luckily they had a drying room to dry out your clothes. I had some food and around half past 9 I went to bed.
Tomorrow I will post a photo recap of day 1!
(Photo by Andre Nordblom)