We can willingly answer questions via e-mail and phone calls, but since there are many participants, it can sometimes take to get an answer. Please read all the questions and answers before contacting us.
What equipment do I need?
The Fjällräven Classic hike is in an area situated 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. You may expect all kind of weather, from snow to sunshine. During the first event 2005, it was snowing at the Tjäktja pass, while in 2009 we could enjoy sunshine and 25 degrees Celsius.
Mountains and valleys, great local height differences and other variations in the terrain are parameters regulating wind, temperature and precipitation. As a participant you must therefore be prepared for weather changes during the hike.
• Tent* or part in tent; alternative waterproof sleep coverage or windsack
• Stove* and fuel*
• Sleeping mattress (minimum 5 mm thick, at least as long as your back)
• Sleeping bag (not sleeping bag cover)
• Compass* (Magnetic)
• Fjällräven Classic Trash Bag
• Long sleeve top of thermal material; e.g. down, fleece or wool
• Long underpants for a dry change
• Wind and waterproof pants
• Wind/waterproof jacket with hood
• First aid kit (at least elastic bandage, blister pads, compresses and tape)*
*Equipment may be shared with another participant. At checkpoint and finish the maximum time difference allowed between participants sharing equipment is 15 minutes.
Is it difficult to find the right way?
The trail you will follow is clearly marked in accordance with the prevailing mountain standard, i.e. painted stones and cairns. In addition, the route is well beaten in most places. It is not difficult to orient yourself along the trail and every 15-20 km there are staffed mountain cabins. Have your map in hand and chart your trek so you always know where you are. Along the route you will often see the special 'trail crosses' which in the mountain world mark winter trails. A trail cross consists of a pole in the ground with a red X at the top. The winter trail can be difficult to hike in the summer time, but often runs in parallel to the summer trail, so always be aware of where you are on the map.
What kind of weather should I expect?
All types of weather. We are almost 250 km north of the Arctic Circle in an area that in some places can be extremely exposed to the weather. During the preparations for the first race in 2005, for example, it snowed in the Tjäktja Pass, but during Fjällräven Classic we enjoyed 25-degree weather (Celsius) and sun. For weather reports, visit www.yr.no
Can I bring my dog?
Many people like to hike with their dog and it is allowed at Fjällräven Classic. It is also not a problem to bring your dog on the transport busses to the check-in and start. Just remember to keep your dog on a leash both before and during the trek.
Is it possible to sleep in the mountain cabins along the way?
No, you sleep in the tent that you or your hiking mates brought. Sleeping in a tent is an experience, and one of the best ingredients of true mountain hiking. It is quiet, refreshing and cosy. Available cabin space is limited, which is a practical reason why they may not be used in conjunction with Fjällräven Classic. The largest mountain cabin has 57 beds. The number of spaces would need to suffice for ordinary hikers on the trail.
I have never been hiking in the mountains, but feel like Im in reasonably good shape. Dare I risk it?
Of course! However, hiking with a backpack in mountainous terrain still needs a bit of extra preparation. Don’t buy your backpack and boots too late. You need time to get used to having a pack on your back. Go for a few long Sunday walks with your boots and a packed backpack before approaching the starting line.
How can I best prepare myself?
Get used to walking with your boots and carrying a backpack. Start practicing with a pack that weights about 5-7 kilos, then gradually increase the weight until the backpack weighs about 15-20 kilos. You will then have got used to a pack that easily covers your needs for a week on the Royal Trail. We recommend that you have at least 200 hiking kilometres under your belt before approaching the starting line. Make sure you buy good hiking boots. Break them in properly.
Do I need to take my own food?
In a sense. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the registration fee, and are handed out in packages of freeze-dried food along the trail. Food can be obtained at two checkpoints along the trail, namely Checkpoint Sälka and Checkpoint Alesjaure. Portions are dimensioned to the requirements of an adult man. The extent to which one feels completely satisfied can of course vary from person to person. It’s possible to a certain extent to obtain extra food at the cabins and at the start, but we recommend you take your own requirements into consideration to ensure the competition is as positive an experience as possible. Please note that certain cabins have shops: Kebnekaise Mountain Station, Sälka cabins, Alesjaure cabins and Abiskojaure cabins.
Do I have to stop at each Checkpoint?
Yes. Your Hiking Pass will be stamped at each checkpoint. Apart from this, you can stop and have a snack or pitch your tent wherever you like along the trail. We dont have any special areas along the trail or time limitations.
Do I have to pitch my tent near a checkpoint?
No, you are free to camp wherever you like. The exception is Abisko National Park where you are only permitted to camp at specified camping spots. These spots are located next to the Abiskojaure cabins and at the designated camping site five kilometres south of Abisko Tourist Station next to the trail.
What should I do if my equipment breaks?
There are knowledgeable people at all the checkpoints, where you can receive help in temporarily solving any problems. On average, there are 15 kilometres between checkpoints.
Where do I find the transfer buses from the airport or the railway station?
Fjällräven staff will meet you at the railway station or airport upon your arrival to Kiruna.
How do I get to the start in Nikkaluokta?
Bus transfer from Högalidsskolan in Kiruna to Nikkaluokta is included in the registration fee. The buses depart about 2.5 hour before start. The transfer takes about one hour.
How do I get from Abisko and is transfer included?
Transfer from Abisko is not included in the registration fee. In addition to regular train and bus departures Fjällräven Classic arranges bus transport from Abisko to Kiruna Airport. The time table is adjusted to departures from Kiruna Airport during the period Monday – Saturday. You can buy tickets for these buses in Kiruna or in Abisko, at least 12h before the bus departs. The time table for Fjällräven Classic’s departures is available at Fjällräven Classic’s homepage from mid June.
May I climb Kebnekaise on the way?
Theoretically, yes. You can hike any way you wish to Abisko, provided you pass all the checkpoints in order. However, we assume you will set goals that are realistic in terms of your ability.
Will my mobile phone work?
Are hiking poles a good idea?
A hiking pole is a mountain hiker’s best friend. A long pole, roughly about as long as you are tall, is traditionally used. Length can be varied by adjusting your grip. Another alternative is to use two normal poles (such as ski poles). It’s easiest to use an extendable telescopic pole that allows you to vary the length. When going up you shorten it, and when going down you extend it.