Gear load out for Nikkaluokta to Abisko, Sweden.
As with anything failure to prepare means prepare to fail, hence the reason I like to start planning way ahead of time when packing for a trip.
The plan is to fly to Kiruna in Northern Sweden from Stockholm then bus to Nikkaloukta and start walking to Abisko from there.
I have done this route before but this was at a different time of the year when I took part in the Fjallraven Classic.
I took the same approach when packing for the fjallraven classic as I have now which is pack, repack and evaluate.
We land in Kiruna on the 16th of June and take the bus the following morning. This is very early in the season so I have had to take into account the very wet / snowy landscape, cooler & changing weather.
Hiking this route this time of the year offers more challenges but also there is less people on the trail.
As we are very early in the season I am unsure if we will be able to make the Tjatkja Pass due to snow so we are open to change route and just explore the area.
As you can see from the route below the terrain varies from section to section so I have had to pack according to this (camp spots marked with a tent).
So the plan is as follow but this is weather dependant.
- -Day 1 arrive at Nikkaluokta and walk to the Kebnakaise mountain station and camp near by for first night.
- -Day 2 walk up to Tarfala and over night there (weather dependant).
- -Day 3 head to Singi and overnight
- -Day 4 walk to Salka and overnight
- -Day 5 head to Alesjaure and overnight
- -Day 6 Alesjaure to Abisko
As you can see by the image here between Singi and Salka the route is only 12.5km and Salka to Tjakta is only 12.5km. So these could be put together (conditions depending) into one day to gain a day at the end.
Hopefully time depending we are looking into participating in an overnighter just outside of Kiruna but this is time dependant.
Gear Load Out
So here is my final gear load out for Nikkaluokta to Abisko.
The above photo of gear has been changed slightly to replace the lightweight cook gear with a jetboil flash.
Gear Load for Nikkaluokta to Abisko, Sweden.
- Osprey Exos 48L Rucksack
- OMM chest pouch (carrying camera gear, mosquito repellent, small micro fibre towel & map.
- 70l Dry Bag
- 3 season down sleeping bag
- Exped Downmat Lite 5 (Sleeping Mat).
- Tyvek Sheet (cut to size of tent inner to be used as a foot print).
- Wild Country Zephros 1 tent
- Fjern Outdoors Okran Waterproof Jacket
- Synthetic down jacket
- Rab waterproof trousers
- Waterproof mitts
- Jetboil Flash
- Sit mat
- Wash Kit (pits and bits towel off soap, toothbrush, tooth paste.
- First Aid (being carried by another team member).
- Change of lower layers (Armaskin socks, Daky waterproof socks, Under Armour boxer shorts).
- Nordisk down camp slippers.
- Nalgene 1L water bottle
- Fjallraven Beanie
- Plastic Kuksa
- Battery Packs
- Video Camera
- DJI spark
- Camera Tripod
- Food Bag (summit to eat meals, Easy egg pouches, Jerky, Soups, trail mix and chocolate).
- Long handled sporkhttps://vildmark.co.uk/equipment/reviews/dji-spark-perfect-drone-for-outdoor-enthusiasts/
- Fjallraven Marlin (mosquito hat)
- Sleeping wear (1 x set of base layers, eye mask, ear plugs and 1 x pair of merino wool socks)
- Revolution Race Cozy Pants (for evening)
- Spot Tracker
- Possibles Pouch (fire lighting kit, spare batteries for Spot tracker, Needles and threads, paracord & Lighter).
Total Base Weight 12.3 KG
Conditions depending I have planned for the following to wear (starting with lower layers).
- Armaskin anti blister socks
- Daky merino wool water proof socks
- Lundhags Vandra Boots (finally decided what to wear on my feet).
- Revolution Race Balaclava base layers
- Revolution Race gPx Pro Pants
- Revolution Race Trekker Fleece
If your are interested in planning a trip to this area please see this blog post with lots of helpful tips on planning your trip