We often receive questions about how to complete Fjällräven Classic in a specific number of days. We have gathered some tips here about what you should do if you want to finish in five days. You can also read our tips about how to finish in three days.
Five days is a rather standard period of time that trekkers use to complete this part of the Kungsleden trail. It requires a reasonable tempo but also offers the possibility to stop and enjoy the surroundings. However, being out for several days should not mean that you have to carry more in your pack; check out our tips below. But first, a little about how to plan your trek.
Daily stages in theory and practice
It is, of course, possible to mathematically divide the trek into five equally long daily stages, but this will mean that you will most likely end up somewhere that is not very suitable for pitching a tent. It is more common to break up the trek around the checkpoints, which means that you can use the following schedule:
Day 1: Nikkaluokta – Kebnekaise Mountain Station, 19 km
Day 2: Kebnekaise – Sälkastugan, 26 km
Day 3: Sälka – Alesjaure, 25 km
Day 4: Alesjaure – Kieron, 18 km
Day 5: Kieron – finish, 17 km
This schedule works well for many people, but not everyone; what is most important is not to fixate on the checkpoints but to listen to your body and make decisions based on how you feel. For example, if you are feeling strong and energetic the first day, it could be a good idea to continue on a few kilometres past Kebnekaise Mountain Station so the next day's trek is not as long. Even if many people like the camaraderie of the checkpoints, we recommend spending at least one night of your trek out in the wilderness. There are many beautiful locations along the route to Abisko, for example:
• Ladjovagge. Located several kilometres past Kebnekaise Mountain Station, after the large suspension bridge crossing the creek, Ladjovagge offers many excellent camping sites.
• Before Sälka. In the valley before you reach Sälka you will find beautiful mountain moors with many small creeks and streams that are perfect for setting up camp.
• Before Tjäktja. You will find excellent camping sites about a kilometre before the climb up to the Tjäktja Pass.
• After Tjäktja. There are grasslands in the valley after Tjäktja Checkpoint where you can pitch your tent.
There are many, many more perfect locations, but there are, of course, also many places that are not so suitable for camping. One example is the first leg up to Kebnekaise, which cuts through birch forests. The trees will offer you protection during the night, but they are also home to a lot of mosquitoes. It is better to pitch your tent closer to the mountain station. The first few kilometres right after Singistugan are also not the best location for pitching a tent since this stretch is exposed to wind, offers few sources of water and has uneven terrain. Once you have started the climb to Tjäktja, the same applies - the incline, rocky terrain and shortage of water limit your possibilities for camping. The terrain on the last stretch toward Kieron is ideal, but there is no water, so it is not very practical, either, as a campsite.
Carry less – experience more
Even if you are trekking for five days, it is a good idea to carry light (check out our tips for the three-day Classic). This does not mean you need to buy new, lightweight equipment to minimise the weight of every single item. Instead, think about what you are putting into your backpack (see our classic pack list), avoid unnecessary clothing and ideally do not carry a four-man tent if there are only two of you (maybe you can borrow a smaller tent?). A good target is for your pack to weigh just under 20 kg.
Two tips are to leave the thick novel at home (you might not have time to read it anyway) as well as your rubber boots. A pair of normal low/mid-high hiking boots are all you need for the trek, and instead of the rubber boots you can bring a pair of lightweight sandals to wear at night. Just like during the three-day trek, you drink water from the streams along the way and re-stock your food, fuel and candy along the trail. This will allow you to spend more time enjoying the view than trudging forward lugging an over-full backpack.