Lapland where to go, and how to get there.

I have spent a lot of time studying maps of Lapland and considering where to go and how to get there.

How to get there: The two main options to get to Lapland from Denmark are to fly or catch the overnight train. My preferred option is to fly because of time constraints. However, whether I fly to Kiruna (the most obvious) or Narvik (and see a bit more of the country) is yet to be determined. Once in Kiruna there is a bus service to Abisko. In Narvik it is a train to Abisko.

Where to go: My plan is not to walk the Kungsleden, but instead to wander the area between Abisko and Kebnekaise fjällstation (though I may not get that far south). In some ways I see this a reconnaissance trip for a return visit. The plans is to camp out, with some day walks from a base camp as well as backpacking.

A possible starting point is Kaisepakte (if the bus will stop there) and then head south along Bessesvaggi with side trips to the surrounding peaks ultimately finishing in Abisko for the return trip to Denmark. However, there are so many options and I am interested in hearing from others who have been there and may want to suggest places to visit, or transport options. Your suggestions will be very much appreciated.

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2 Responses to Lapland where to go, and how to get there.

  1. Hendrik M says:

    Hei Nielsen, just found your blog, very interesting and nice to read.

    I would fly to Narvik and try to see more of the country. Getting dropped off by the bus driver should be possible, at least here in Finland its no problem.

    On the other hand, you also could fly to Tromso and take a bus to Kilpisjärvi and walk the 170 km to Abisko, which is part of the Nordkalottleden Trail => http://luontoon.fi/page.asp?Section=8300

    Or you stick with the original suggestion, fly to Narvik, go to Abisko, and hike upward the Nordkalottleden trail, make your base camp there somewhere and go back to Abisko at the end of your trip.

    I personally recommend the Tromso – Kilpisjärvi – Absiko version if you want to walk more.

  2. Nielsen Brown says:

    Thanks Hendrik you have started a whole new line of thinking. I had not considered going north of Abisko.

    I like your suggestion of Trømso Kilipisjärvi Abisko so I will have to start exploring the information on the Nordkalottleden Trail website.

    Thanks once again

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