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Distant North – Hiking the Kungsleden | Full Documentary


I didn’t sleep at all last night my throat
is just on fire my skin’s hurting and I generally just feel very unwell I’m not looking forward to hiking 16km today Reaching the Kungsleden is an adventure in
itself, with the first leg of the journey involving a flight from London to Stockholm Located in the northernmost section of Sweden,
in the heart of Lapland, there are numerous methods for reaching Abisko which is the start
of the trail in the north We’d chosen to catch the overnight train which
had us sharing a 6 berth cabin with a young German couple who were also heading to Abisko It was autumn 2014 when we met Cody and Justyna
in the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway. A chance conversation through Twitter turned
into a campfire on the beach and it was six months later in Germany when we hashed out
plans to all walk the trail together. The Kungsleden is one of the most well known
trails in Sweden, with many people exploring it during the summer and winter seasons. We’ve just arrived at Abisko mountain station.
The weather’s really nice, it’s nice and cool – brilliant hiking weather. And yeah, I can’t
wait to get on the trail I’m feeling surprisingly fresh after a 20 hour train journey. 15 exactly! 15? I wish it was thirteen but oh well what
can you do? [laughs] [laughs] 24?
Oh my! [laughs] Oh wow. Wow.
Are you gonna survive? No. The Swedish Tourist Association created the
trail in the early 1900s as a way to bring more people into the last largest remaining
wilderness in Europe. Gradually adding more sections to the trail as years went by, until
it reached its current length of 440km in the 1970s. It’s possible to hike the trail with limited
food during the open season to lighten your load, as many cabins have small shops with
basic supplies which are run by the hut wardens during the open season. This method can be
quite costly, which is why many people hike with 5 to 7 days worth of food at a time and
can instead buy luxury items – such as coke or extra chocolate – from the cabin stores. We’re in Abiskojaure which is the first hut
of the trail, 15km in and totally knackered looking forward to some dinner! [laughs] STF has 21 cabins placed from Abisko to Hemavan
along the Kungsleden. Providing shelter for a small fee with shared accommodation, water
sources and camping spots. Many also have saunas and small shops which is a real benefit
after a long days hiking. Slept really well last night, all of us did
I think, even though I was up ’til quite late watching the northern lights was just incredible
to see that on our first night on the Kungsleden. A 20km day to Alesjaure is accomplished with
300m elevation, on towards a windswept alpine and blueberry infused meadow with views overlooking
the Norwegian peaks over the border. The possibility of completing the entire trail
during September looked thin. A number of people had told us we may need to step off
the trail at Kvikkjokk – halfway through the trip. Alesjaure has a fantastic water system, drawing
water up the hill from the river to allow hikers easy access to fresh water. Tastes really fresh! Icy cold. We began the slow and steady ascent towards
the highest area of the entire trail, arriving at the small cabin at Tjaktja. Snow still
clinging to the mountainside in large quantities, adding a chill to the air. So we just arrived and had lunch at the hut.
It’s our third day on the Kungsleden and it was really nice weather again today, which
was brilliant. We’ve got our own room which is amazing so we should be able to get a really
nice nights sleep. And down here, we’ve got some wood. There’s a woodburner just behind
me which is really cool, keep the room nice and toasty throughout the night. The weather’s
not too good tomorrow, it’s forecast to rain so we’ve just to bear that in mind and wrap
up warm. Everyone contributes to the huts by chopping
wood, sweeping the floors, and fetching fresh water from the rivers. Reaching a height of 1,100m, Tjaktja pass
is the highest point along the Kungsleden. From its summit there are majestic views of
Tjaktja valley, a beautiful area which will take a couple of days to walk through. At around 32km long the glacial valley is
well loved by many as impressive mountains line the sides, waterfalls make their way
into the meandering river, and the cabin settlement at Salka is situated 12km from Tjaktja with
reindeer grazing on the hillside. The thing is though like when you’ve been
hiking for four days, and you get a big meal like this, it just makes all the difference
because you just feel powered, ready for the next section. So what are you gonna eat in 26 more days?
[laughs] Cous cous! The northernmost section of the trail is by
far the most popular, and thousands of people each year split off the Kungsleden at Singi
to venture past – and ascent if they feel up to it – Mount Kebnekaise, Swedens highest
mountain. From here they end their journey at Nikkaluokta. Passing Singi the crowds noticeably
thin, and continue to do so for the remainder of the trail. My legs are in agony today it’s so hard on
this rocky path it’s just relentless, but erm, hopefully the next hut is about a kilometre
away, we still can’t see it but really fingers crossed we haven’t got too much to go! I had begun to have troubles of tendonitis
in my hip, an old injury which had flared up after a few days, and unfortunately running
out of painkillers there was nothing to numb the pain. By now we’d covered roughly 73km of the trail, and even though it was only a 9km hike from Kaitumjaure to Teusajaure it was taking its toll on Theo who was battling a fluey cold I’m not looking forward to hiking 16km today. There are 7 boat crossings included along
the length of the Kungsleden, with the first you reach coming from the north at Teusajaure.
There’s the option to row, but that cuts into your hiking time and if you’re feeling the
effects of illness like Theo, then it’s worth the luxury to pay for a ride and preserve
your energy levels. Panoramic glacial views of Sarek National
Park come into view across the plateau – a glimpse of the wildest part of Europe. After the steep descent towards Vakkotavare
it’s a 30km bus ride to Kebnats on the shore of lake Langas. For 70krones you can bypass
a days trek along the roadside which everyone seems to do. It’s a 10 minute ferry ride across the lake
to the mountain station at Saltoluokta. Here lies a popular gateway for many to enter Sarek
National Park, an area with no designated trails and complete wilderness. Saltoluokta is the first place to recharge
camera gear, and we made the most out of the modern amenities at the lodge. You’ve got to keep the blisters clean, otherwise
they get infected. And I’ll be in pain Well, a lot more pain than I’m already in The impressive lodge was built in 1918 and
offers hikers the chance to restock their supplies for the coming days in their well
stocked shop. Views overlooking Sjofallsdalen provided a
stunning backdrop as we left Saltoluokta, with 66km to go until our halfway point at
Kvikkjokk. A late summer seemed to have descended upon us, so we took our time to reach Sitojaure. Ah that’s perfect. So we’re about 9km into the hike today, we’ve
got another 11 to go, we’ve just took some shelter in the wind in this little cabin,
which is really cool. We cooked a Mug Shot, and now we’re gonna head off, should take
about two hours to get to our destination tonight. Hopefully some northern lights action
tonight as well. That would be really nice. With only 11km to go I had to slow it down
with my tendonitis, the pain was unbearable. Once I reached the cabin I immediately went
to bed, whilst Theo joined Justyna as she bathed her sore ankle in the lake. Her injury
seemed to be worsening as the days went by, slowing her down and having to share more
of her load with Cody. That is cold. So cold! Sitojaure has a private boat service run by
a local family. But there’s also the option to row for free. I was here 2 years and a day ago, same weather
perfect conditions, I thought it would be cool to shoot a timelapse as I rowed the boat
over the lake. Except for my camera didn’t quite agree – nor did the boat – and my camera
decided to go swimming in the lake. Which resulted in the end of that trip. Hopefully
this time I’ll make up for it with perfect northern lights with my tent on the top of
Skierfe, and that’ll be worth the $5000 price tag that it cost me last time. Considering it’s a 4km journey the 200 krone
price tag is worth it if it means less time spent on the water and the opportunity for
some insider knowledge. We’d been informed by the boat operator of
the Sami herding an enormous reindeer herd down to lower ground that day, so we made
our way swiftly to the plateau to find a spot to watch the incredible sight. Hot, sweaty, and I’m looking forward to a
Coke! We were just surrounded by a thousand reindeer.
Sitting on top of a pretty big rock but could have been a little bit bigger! Two rogue ones over there. Yeah there’s usually a few rogues. Did you see it? Yeah! We saw the whole thing it looked very
dare devil on that rock. How close did they get? So close! They were surrounding us. Really? It looked amazing from over here. Still on a high from the incredible sight
they’d witnessed, Theo and Cody took a popular detour from the trail to the famous Skierfe
with stunning views over Rapadalen. Everyone’s told us it’s impossible to camp
up here because it’s too rocky, but I think I’ve found a few spots that should be do-able.
If you’re in a 1 person tent there’s lots of places, but two person tent might be a
little tricky. Otherwise find a nice flat rock and have an open air bivvy, and watch
the northern lights overhead from the warmth of the sleeping bags. Don’t think life gets
much better than that. Think right here. Little bit up, couple rocks,
but think it’s gonna be our best bet for our tent spot. The lack of water sources within the surrounding
area combined with a rocky landscape makes camping out atop Skierfe a challenge in itself.
But it’s undoubtedly worth it. Justyna and I had carried on towards the cabin
at Akste, with a swollen ankle and tendonitis between us it was vital we rest as much as
possible or else risk having to drop out. Looking good. Home for the night. A little
bit crooked home, but home. Which side do you want? Upside or downside? I don’t mind. Do you want to roll onto me or be rolled on
by me? We got cous cous tonight – pretty much every
night – pretty bored of it right now to be honest. But it gets me full. That ain’t much for the morning. It was a bit windy last night, I’m almost
out of water – two sips left to hike the 6km back to the hut. Got a bit of a head cold,
but yeah it’s worth being up. Wouldn’t trade this for anything. Theo and Cody joined us in Akste, where they
had a chance to catch up on the little sleep they’d had the night before after watching
the Northern Lights atop Skierfe. 1km from Akste lies lake Laiture which we
crossed on the last operational day of the STF motorboat. There is now only 7 days left
until the rowboats are pulled from the lakes for winter storage, meaning our group must
reach Hornavan on the outskirts of Jakkvikk – roughly 117km away – before then where the
only option of crossing the lake is by rowboat. The journey over the lake is the fourth boat
crossing along the trail and with Sarek looming in the background it’s one of the most stunning. It’s a strenuous hike towards Pårte but it’s
also through a thin stretch of the eastern section of Sarek National Park. Fields of
blueberries surround the path, we even saw evidence of a nearby Brown Bear after passing
its scat on the trail. We didn’t know it at the time, but these would
be our last days hiking together. So after a
long discussion yesterday evening, Cody and
Justyna have come to the decision that it’s probably best that they end the trail here
due to Justynas ongoing leg injury. She’s been struggling for a while and can’t carry
on any further, so they’re gonna stop here, we’re gonna carry on, and we’re excited to
get to Hemavan eventually! We’re nearly halfway and can’t wait to see what the south has to
offer. Other than the prospect of an early onset
of winter, injury was the second biggest factor in ending the trail prematurely. It was with
a heavy heart that we parted ways, as Cody was struggling with the weight of his pack
and Justyna’s ankle had worsened. They opted to take a bus to Ammarnäs 166km away, have
some rest, and possibly rejoin from there to complete the southernmost section of the
trail. The Kungsleden begins again on the other side
of Saggat lake with the only option across via a private boat service which also offers
tours of
the area. After being roped into an extensive 45 minute
tour of the delta we finally made our way into the section of the Kungsleden dubbed
the toughest. 166km with no STF cabins means that a tent is a necessity. Leaving Kvikkjokk it seemed everyones concerns
over the onset of an early winter were squashed, as autumn still reined high in the mountains.
The possibility of completing the entire Kungsleden trail were now high and with that thought
running through our minds it gave us a new push to reach the end. Even though there’s a, this is a really nice
shelter we’ve had a late lunch and there’s still quite a few hours of daylight left so
we’re just gonna carry on because we want to reach the boat before the really bad weather
hits on Friday and the boat are getting pulled on Friday or Saturday anyway so we’re keen
to just get there, get it over with! After another 10-15km we set up camp next to a river relieved to have made it so far that day and to escape into the tent just before the rain started This looks like a pretty good spot. Good to
see the suns made an appearance after it’s been pissing it down all day. It’s probably like one of the best smashes
we’ve had, it tastes really really smashy. The butter and potato is very strong in this
one. You start to notice these things when you’ve had a couple of different varieties.
I miss vegetables so much, I find myself thinking about like salad and vegetables when I’m walking
along sometimes. Sometimes, all the time! Just like peas, potatoes, carrots, peppers,
sweet potato, mushrooms, onions, garlic just fresh stuff. Living out of packets is fun
for the first day and then after a while it gets a bit tedious. But it’s all part of the
adventure. My feet aren’t looking too good. The blisters
are just peeling off all over the place. Today didn’t help walking through loads of boggy
areas. Hopefully I can dry them out overnight, put some fresh socks on in the morning, and
they’ll heal up in the next few days. We’re a lot higher up on the top of the mountain
tonight and it’s a lot cooler than it was last night but still not too bad. I’ve managed
to make a nice little pillow out of this dry-bag full of clothes, works quite well. I think
it’s time to hit the sack. Time to hit the dry-bag. I didn’t sleep at all well last night, I’ve
got stuff coming out of my ear that I don’t even know what it is. Definitely got a pretty
bad ear infection so I just can’t wait to get warm and dry and try and heal. Theo’s cold had begun to transform under the
constant rainfall. With perforated eardrums his risk of developing an ear infection was
high. A situation which unfortunately seemed to be unfolding. The boats were due to be removed from the
lake on September 20th. It would be a massive blow if we missed them as the alternative
would require a major trail-less detour to reach Jakkvikk. We were nearing lake Riebnes and picked up
patchy signal allowing us to call the private boat service in advance to let them know of
our arrival. They’d said we could cross that afternoon so we had high hopes of possibly
reaching Jakkvikk that evening as we’d read the trail was only 8km from the other side
of the lake, which also included another lake crossing of 300m that could only be crossed
by rowboat. Unfortunately our timetable lay in the hands of the boat driver and we had
a three hour wait in the rain before he arrived. We’re just waiting to get the motorboat to
the other side of this big lake. It’s the last boat we’re gonna have to pay to use to
get across on the Kungsleden trail. After we reach the other side there’s then, I think
roughly, about a 8km trek to Jakkvikk but during that time there’s also a 300m rowboat
session as well so it’s gonna be a pretty long day today but we really need to get somewhere
warm because both our shoes are for some reason absolutely drenched and two days of soggy
feet does not make a happy person. It’s just been raining constantly since we left Kvikkjokk
and this section of the trail that we’re on is the wildest section so there aren’t as
many boards and all that kind of luxurious stuff that there usually is so it’s been very
wet going, with the rain on top both of our waterproof boots are drenched so it’s not
been the most comfortable experience, I’m hoping that after we get to Jakkvikk and we
can dry out that the second half of the wild section will be more enjoyable and hopefully
even if it does rain our boots will stay dry this time because it is beautiful when the
clouds clear and you can see your surroundings but right now you can’t even see to the other
side of the lake so I think we’ve missed a lot of the beautiful scenery that we could
have seen which is a shame. The cost to cross the lake is the highest
along the Kungsleden at 350krones each. The journey is short and the company hostile.
We’d heard from other hikers who’d crossed the lake coming north that the guy running
the boat here wasn’t the nicest and now we knew why as he ignored us for the full five
minute crossing. Having to wait up to three hours to cross the lake we had now missed
our opportunity to hike to the open shelter at the next lake crossing 8km away. The hostel and chance to dry off were still
a day away and after checking our map it turned out the distance to Jakkvikk was double what
was in the guide we’d been following I hope it’s no t the boat we gotta use! It
doesn’t look very rowable. So because there’s only 1 boat on our side
I’ve gotta row across the lake to the other side pick up another boat, bring it back,
drop it here then row us both back to the other side of the lake so 3 times in total.
I’m feeling pretty dizzy, my balance is a bit off with this ear infection but it doesn’t
look too far probably about 300m so it’s gotta be done. So I’m back over this side after towing the
boat over here and we’re gonna head off now because it’s just started raining and it’s
about to get a lot heavier. By now we were wet through to our underwear
and had ran out of dry clothes. The desperation to reach a warm shelter was high. We just saw a moose trotting through the forest
at the edge of the treeline. And, sadly the moment the camera got pulled out it had vanished.
But it was massive and I can’t believe we’ve just seen one after being literally in the
middle of nowhere for 3 days and now we’re on a road and there was 1 right there because
we’ve seen so many moose droppings over the past few days. So the moose that we saw running through the
forest is still in the forest right where we saw it it’s just kind of shaded by some
trees. It’s just standing there, not moving a muscle. Theo managed to pick up signal
on the outskirts of town, calling the hostel to check availability. It turned out it was
fully booked. A stroke of luck saw us staying in a cabin
the kind hostel owner had on his property, so we spent 2 nights in the town of Jakkvikk
giving us the opportunity to dry out all of our belongings and restock our supplies. So there’s a um, small garage, well normal
sized garage that’s got a small supermarket inside it where we’ve managed to get food
to last until we reach Ammarnäs, so the general stuff noodles and things like smash and 3
minute rice like it’s pretty bland but it means that we’ll be getting to eat food until
we reach the next place because you need stuff that’s gonna cook fast and not weigh too much
so. But also because we’re staying in this cabin we’ve got access to an oven and stuff
that we don’t usually have, we’ve decided to like treat ourselves and get other things
like some waffle mixture, fresh fruit which is gonna be amazing, and a pizza kit. Our gear could completely dry out during the
two nights we spent there and a solid days rest made a world of difference for us both. Spirits buoyed with the extra rest and thorough
drying, restocked bags and lots of ibuprofen, we made our way to Adolfström, our last dip
into a town before being completely cut off again. From Jakkvikk onwards there are shelters
and cabins along the rest of the trail, so if we could avoid tent time then we would
at all costs. We spent last night in Adolfström in this
perfect little cabin, it had everything we need but it’s very compact! Today we’ve got
23km to do, then the next day 25km, and then the day after that we arrive in Ammarnäs
which is I think a 21km hike. So a tough 3 days ahead of us but we’re feeling good. The small town of Adolfström is a 27km hike
from Jakkvikk with a small shop to grab any extras for the next 71km before the town of
Ammarnäs. I got it! It was well over a kilometre back. I went
round the corner, I was about to give up, and there it was lying on the path. I’m glad
I’ve been reunited with it, because no one needs to see my hair in the state that it’s
in at the moment. When we came round the corner and saw this
cabin I was just so happy because along the route we spoke to loads of different people
and everyone seems to have a different idea of what this cabin is. Loads of people have
said it’s just a wind shelter, you know it might not even have a door, and all these
kind of different things about this cabin and we got here and it’s really nice and it’s
perfect to sleep in so I’ve just got the fire going, hopefully we can dry our boots out
before the morning because I’m not a fan of putting wet boots on and I’ve had to do it
a lot recently. Wet socks, wet boots, no fun. I love being in a tent but to have actual
walls around you is a lot nicer, especially when it’s pretty windy out. Ammarnäs lay a days hike away, and the need
for rest pressed heavily on us. Theo’s ear infection still troubled him with fluid constantly
seeping out day or night. My hip problems were getting increasingly
worse, and together we longed for a days rest, a shower, and the possibility of some food
other than 3 minute rice. Justyna had been in touch, informing us they’d
journey from Ammarnäs a week before. The chance of crossing the finish line together
now was no longer an option. After the past tough 10 days we expected the last stretch to be a lot easier With 78km to go until the finish line in Hemavan
and a few days rest in Ammarnäs, we entered the last stretch with a renewed sense of vigour.
The end was in our sights and winter was beginning to bite at our heels. The area was outstanding, and we were ecstatic
with the clear views after being covered by clouds and fog for so long. Wide open spaces
and golden forests broke up the landscape, if only we could have seen what awaited us
in the coming days. Thinking we were the only people around, we
were in for a wonderful surprise as we met two local fishermen staying in their ancestral
family cabins for the season at lake Tarnasjö. They’d kindly offered us some freshly caught
fish, along with some instant mashed potato. With the amenities in the cabin being a frying pan and some salt,we cooked up a meal we never dreamed we’d encounter along the trail. They’re cooking perfectly on this woodburner.
I’ve never really cooked fish like this before so I just literally chopped the heads off
and just whacked them in the pan. But they smell real good so as along as the meat is
cooked I don’t see why they won’t taste good either. Especially with the mash that the
man gave us as well which is really sweet. This is like a proper, proper dinner which
I’ve, just I’ve missed so much since we’ve been hiking for nearly a month now. Leaving Tarnasjö there are a network of bridges
spanning the Tarnasjö archipelago midway to Syterstugan. We’re now approaching bridge number 5. By now all the huts were closed for winter,
but there’s always a room left open for anyone hiking out of season. It was a stark contrast
to the busy huts of the north, especially as we hadn’t seen another person on the trail
since Kvikkjokk – 10 days earlier. I’m so happy that you can’t record the smell
of my feet right now. It dawned on me today that we’ve done already
like 400 and something kilometres and it’s just catching up now suddenly just feel the
exhaustion of 4 weeks of non-stop hiking and I’m just totally shattered. Like, when we
started the southern section I remember saying to Theo ‘it’s gonna be so easy we’re only
doing 14km a day or whatever’, today was the hardest 14km my feet are just broken I have
no energy. I’m just, I’m so tired. The Kungsleden is now taking its energy toll.
I need to sleep. And I need to eat, I just wanna eat. We haven’t seen anyone hiking for nearly 2
weeks which is kind of strange really because in the north section we see people everyday.
And today I woke up, rushed to the window and had a look out to see what the weather
was like and there’s a lot of fresh snow on the mountaintops which kind of means the weather’s
changing and the seasons are changing and this is kind of the last time that you’ll
be able to hike the trail. We’re very late in the season to be doing it and I think we’re
definitely the last people who are gonna complete the trail. It wouldn’t be fair to have a breezy last
two days along the trail, and with a blizzard pushing against us to Viterskalstugan it was
a reminder of the harsh environment that we’d be journeying through and how quickly the
weather can change in the mountains. It’s coming down pretty hard, this isn’t very
nice. Hopefully we’ll get to the emergency shelter in the next few kilometres. We’d made it into our final valley and our
harshest weather along the trail so far. Completely exposed it was a welcoming sight to spot the
emergency cabin mid-way to our final cabin on this journey to hide in for a while. That was relentless the whole way we had rain,
sleet, and snow in our face. It was pretty hard work plus the wind was coming at us so
it was a lot harder to walk but I did kind of enjoy it as well because coming into the
valley there was, there’s fresh snow on the peaks and the mountains either side it was
really beautiful. Also we stopped off at the emergency cabin so that give us a bit of rest
from the snow and the wind and the rain and…yeah allowed us to just have a break, get some
chocolate down us and then head on and get to this cabin. And now we’ve only got 11km
to go until we’ve completed the Kungsleden. I’ve never appreciated the woodburners in
any of the cabins as much as I have today. It’s gonna dry our clothes out hopefully,
warm us up, and we can cook on it later. The snowfall grew heavier and heavier and as we
went to bed it had already completely blanketed the landscape. We were preparing ourselves
for a whiteout the following morning. A fierce storm had descended upon the valley
in the night, rattling the cabin and flinging the door wide open. The extreme weather called
for full body armour along the last 11km before Hemavan. Insanely strong wind and hail battered us
body and spirit, it felt as if we would never make it to Hemavan. Our GoPro took the full
brunt of the weather, but the stormy horizon had a beautiful side to it too. And there is was, the final few steps were
unbelievable. After 440km through arctic Sweden, on day 30, we’d finally made it.

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100 thoughts on “Distant North – Hiking the Kungsleden | Full Documentary

  1. Brilliant documentary, The production values of this is amazing. Keep up the good work Bee and Theo, I cant get enough of your videos

  2. Guys, this is so amazing! We did 3 weeks of hiking at Sarek around 2001 and the ferryman at 26:28 was exactly the same that took us across. Great memories! Thanks for the insight into the Kungsleden!

  3. cool movie guys! i`ve crossed the Kl on my way to the Norh Cape and I have to say, it's a perfect trail for beginners. It`s comfortable and like strolling through the city park, just having a nice scenerey instead of skyscrapers. If you are considering to hike it, think about going into the other direction "On the arctic trail" from Abisko to Kautokeino. One of my favorite parts on my journey through Norway…https://youtu.be/5BQ2pFuPUfM

  4. amazing.

    I'm planning on hiking the Scottish National Trail starting in March 2019. After that, it's a non-scheduled circumnavigation of the globe, back to Oregon.

    I'm 90% certain I'll try this after the SNT and before the Trans Siberian Railway.

    Thank you so much for your documenting this wonderful path.

    I'll try to let you know if I do it!!

  5. Fantastic, I loved your documentery! I have seen it twice now. I'm going to go Kungsleden too this summer and I wonder how you charge your camera and how many places can you carge it along the way?

  6. Well done you two, wow. The fish the guy gave is a Char which is the röding and what you thought in your text was Lux is actually Lax which is a kind of Salmon. great video!

  7. Great film first time I've heard of this place THANKS everydays a school day learn something new take care good luck

  8. What an amazing achievement for you both that was amazing to watch from start to finish.The filming was great thank you so much for sharing this adventure 😀 Teddy

  9. As a fellow editor I can appreciate how well made this documentary is. As a fellow hiker I really enjoyed it.

  10. Great film! Very well done, especially considering you had to film it yourselves, while doing the hiking. Many nicely done shots and the audio is clear and consistent. My 9 year old daughter loved this! I was just going to show her a few clips, but she insisted on watching the whole thing!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome journey! I am looking for a hiking route in Sweden, and I keep wondering: How much money did you spent on hostels/huts and groceries? I searched the comment section for any clues, but I couldn't find any. That'd be really helpful to know, so I could estimate a budget 🙂

    Thank you! You guys are awesome 🙂

  12. Great documentary, good job guys both with the film but also the hiking! Will be going to Sarek national park this summer for some hiking, very much looking forward to it 🙂

  13. thank you for this great documentary! the first I have seen now about kungsleden. I am going there in middle of august till first week of september – this year. at which time did you had the snow outside? end of september or earlier? would be great if you can give me a little advice. still need some equipement. like tent, sleeping bag,.. not sure about the temperature at this time. thanks you!

  14. …aand Kungsleden just made it to my priority bucket list spots.
    This vast area of untouched nature in Europe amazes and attracts me

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  16. Great doco and awesome hike – I do a lot of bushwalks here in Australia and planning to hike one of our biggest tracks, the Australian Alps Walking Track (655kms + long) in a couple of years so great to see other people doing things like this.

  17. Great documentary. My gf and I walked Abisko-Vakkotavare in 4 with days instead of the planned 7 due to bad weather. Our tent was put to the test but past with flying olors! We gotta walk the rest some day!

  18. Making it through that video was harder than hiking the entire Kungsleden. So much dramatization of trivial bullshit. This was atrocious.

  19. I'm 17 and I SO wanna hike (I'm from Berlin) during the summer 2019 after i graduate but I don't have any friends abroad and I don't know how I could? Also if anyone is willing to hang around and put someone up for some days please let me know! I really wanna meet new people and go to new places 🙂 I'm thinking of perhaps hiking the G20 or G5 or section hike a longer section of the PCT.
    – Lydia (17 year old composer/ film scorer/ jazz lover / pianist)
    instagram me: itallstartedinberlin

  20. After watching your Q&A tonight and mentioning this trek of yours I had to watch it.What a great film and well done you 2 for completing it.

  21. This was absolutely fantastic, had me captured from start to finish, I’ve followed you both for a while and didn’t know this existed until today. I’ve been working my way through you vlogs. This film is worthy of any mainstream TV channel, so well filmed, edited and narrated…… I love it !!

  22. Guys this is amazing!! Only discovered this doc after you mentioned it in your latest Q&A video (your greatest achievement upto date). Wow! You have even more of my respect! I had no idea that youve done such great stuff even before you started vanlife!! Gorgeous documentary, fantastic people. Xxxx

  23. absolutely beautiful thank you for taking me along with you both on is awesome trek loved it, filmed perfectly.

  24. "What country are you from?" asked the tour guide. "We're from Germany, " said the German couple. "We're from England," said the English couple. "I'm from California," said the American. If we hadn't help win two World Wars, would any European be able to tolerate us?

  25. I am sorry for the uploader because….oh dear here we go again with a totally inaudible sound track and like it's being heard from 10 fathoms deep and distorted voices….oh dear, Google!! Who would think they'd target an indie video like this?

  26. Not to be that guy but "kungsleden" is already in definite form so "The kungsleden" is like saying "The The King's Trail" 😛

  27. How much did this whole trip cost? I am considering doing this trek sometime in the near future but I cant find any good quotes on how much the whole trail will cost.

  28. Such an interesting and well shot documentary . It is nice to see what that area looks like outside of winter.I just want to pack my bags and go!

  29. How does it feel to be in the last great wilderness of Europe, how is the culture, is it a spiritual experience? You seem to miss such a great opportunity to report on the positive experiences and focus instead almost entirely on the negatives aspects.

  30. Beautiful 'amateur' if i can use that word docu film. The Informative nature aswell as everything else made this bliss to watch

  31. I loved it guys! Inspires me to do more filming during my hikes. I'm from Perth Western Australia, we have the Bibbulmun Track, 1000km long which I hiked in 2016. Now I take others multiday hiking. My videos are haha basic and filmed on my iphone. If you're interested you can see them at my Didier Walks channel. GREAT VIDEO!!!

  32. Very well made video! Not as big a fan of the hiking style — too much creature comforts and convenience coming myself from the North American thru-hiking culture — but to each their own 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  33. You guys video was so well made just like a documentary and I enjoyed from a to z. Beautiful nature and up & down stories…so enjoyable!

  34. Going to walk a section of it next week. 100 Kilometers. Will be taking my photography equipment with me so the extra weight going to make it harder.

    Will be interesting tho.

  35. hahah newbs with metal bottles lol no wonder their pack weigh so much the only thing metal in you pack should be a cook pot (small) a spoon/spork and the fame of the bag

  36. I got stuck to this video and couldn't move away until the end! Wow, such an exciting and inspiring documentation! Thank you guys for sharing your beautiful journey with us! Just came back from Abisko and hope to do the Kungsleden some day. I recognized the same Arctic features I experienced in Abisko like the red-yellow-green flora and the muddy ground which yields water in every step… The views in the film are absolutely stunning! Great work!

  37. OMG. That was epic! How the heck did you manage to keep going with such a nasty ear infection Theo, and Bee with your hip issues? Absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing your journey. 🙏

  38. Lol to the helpful elderly Swedish fishermen @47:30
    Öring = trout
    Lax = salmon
    Röding = char (or in this case, arctic char).

    I guess he get very well paid for the arctic char by restaurants (at restaurants here in Sweden you probably have to cough up 30-40 maybe 50 euro (far more in a fancy restaurant) for a dish with arctic char).

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