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 three days. You can also read our tips about how to finish in five days.
First of all, walking 110 km in three days means that you will need to maintain a brisk pace. You should be prepared for it to be difficult, and you might need to dig down deep at the end of the day. You also definitely have to think about what you put into your backpack so it does not weigh too much. We will come back to this later. Since most people are interested in how they should break up the trek, we will start there.
Daily stages in theory and practice
In theory it is very simple to divide the trek into stages, but if you blindly follow this schedule, you might end up at a location that is not very suitable for camping, for example in the Tjäktja Pass. Another natural and more common method is to break up the trek around the checkpoints, which would look like this:
Day 1: Nikkaluokta - Singistugan, 34 km
Day 2: Singi - Alesjaure, 39 km
Day 3: Alesjaure - finish, 35 km
This schedule works for many people, but not everyone. Most people like to sleep during the darkest hours of the night, but if you start in a later starting group (5p.m.) this means that you will not arrive at Singi until the middle of the night. Instead, it might be better to continue a bit past Kebnekaise on the first day, put up camp and then be in good shape for the second day.
In other words, don't fixate too heavily on the map. Instead, make your decisions based what is best for you and your companions. Even if the camaraderie of camping at a checkpoint is really enjoyable, we would like to encourage you to set up camp at least one night wherever you want. There are many beautiful locations along the route to Abisko (see our recommendations under Classic in five days).
A light pack makes the experience more enjoyable
The most important tip we can give you for enjoying your Fjällräven Classic is to think light! Your backpack should not weigh more than 14-15 kg when fully packed, even if you are walking on your own and not sharing the camping stove or tent with anyone. However, minimising weight does not mean that you need to saw off the end of your toothbrush to save a few grams – it means saving weight on heavy items. By choosing a lighter sleeping bag, backpack, tent or camping stove, you can save several kilograms. And you will need to do that if you want to reach the finish line in three days.
The most common mistake people make is packing too many clothes. You do not need as many changes of clothing as you think (see our classic pack list). Another unnecessary burden is that many people carry water! In the Swedish mountains, you can drink right out of the streams, and you will pass plenty of them along the way. A small cup on your hip belt or in your pocket is all you need to quench your thirst whenever you want. There is only one stretch - the last kilometres before Kieron - that does not have any water. There it can be advisable to carry a few decilitres in a small bottle.
Re-stock along the way
Another way of saving weight is to re-stock your food and fuel at our checkpoints. You can also buy candy and snacks there, so carrying a kilogram of candy in the mountains is completely unnecessary if you want to walk quickly. Please check the opening hours for the checkpoints and make sure they are open when you pass through.