1. Name Nordkalottleden
  2. Length of trail 800 km, 497 miles
  3. Length in days 45 days
  4. Start of trail Sulitjelma
  5. End of trail Kvikkjokk
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. Hut tour grading T1, Walk


Arctic Trail, 800 km, Sulitjelma (Norway) or Kvikkjokk (Sweden) - Kautokeino (Norway), two months

Connects to Kungsleden and Padjelantaleden.

The entire Arctic Trail is 800 km long, a very long walk that will take all nordic summer. Three countries share the trail: Norway (Nordkalottruta, 380 km), Sweden (Nordkalottleden, 350 km) and Finland (Kallottireitti, 70 km).sh; Kautokeino (Norway), two months

This is the most northerly long distance hike you will find in Europe, entirely above the polar circle. The landscape is unceasingly wild and desolate: mountains, lakes, glaciers and high plateau's. It is wide and open in most places, but wooded valleys, birch and pine, are part of the natural landscape too.

Parts of the trail are shared with other well known trails. Starting from the south, the beautiful mountains and plateaus of Nord-Helgeland, Saltfjellet and Sulitjelma are crossed via the more southern Nordlandsruta. Where Sulitjelmafjellene ends, starts the Nordkalott trail. On the Swedish side, a second branch starts in Kvikkjokk. The trail follows the Padjelantaleden in Sweden, then runs together with the Nordlandsruta, then picks up Kungsleden. From Abisko, the northern trailhead of Kungsleden, the Nordkalott trail continues for a long, long distance, entering Troms, passing over Finnlands highest mountain, and finally finishing in the Samen village of Kautokeino in Norway.

The entire trail is marked and serviced by mountain huts. Most of the huts will be of the unstaffed type, where you must carry your own food. You will need the DNT key to open (and close) the huts. Along the popular Kungsleden and Padjelantaleden, staffed huts take over, and meals and provisions are available.

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Kalottireitti, 51km
Nordkalottleden, 50km


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