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Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Mon 04 Jun, 2018 7:27 pm
by bigkev
Does anybody out there know which are the best maps for the Kungsleden Trail in Sweden and where I might be able to purchase them?

I'm thinking of walking the trail in late August early September next year, probably south 2 north.

Cheers

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Mon 04 Jun, 2018 7:58 pm
by photohiker
Not sure where to buy the maps out of Sweden, I think we bought them in Sweden just before the trip.

Bought the book "The Royal Trail through Arctic Sweden" online before the trip though, very interesting:

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The book goes north to south though :D

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Mon 04 Jun, 2018 8:06 pm
by bigkev
Cheers photohiker, I've got the book already but the maps in it are pretty ordinary. Which maps did you buy? I might be able to find them online somewhere.

BTW your bookcase looks a lot like mine :wink:

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Mon 04 Jun, 2018 8:08 pm
by photohiker
Will have a search and see what map I still have!

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Mon 04 Jun, 2018 8:34 pm
by photohiker
Ok, found two maps. One of them is only for roads, no offroad and no heights. The other one is the Fjallraven trek map:

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Only goes from Nikkaluokta to Abisko...

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Mon 04 Jun, 2018 8:42 pm
by photohiker
Also, when we started to get info, I downloaded info from streetmap and loaded it on my GPS.

Like this one: https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/ ... 120/16.933

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Wed 06 Jun, 2018 3:35 am
by keithy
I am planning to pickup Calazo maps when I get to Sweden when I do this. See here:
https://www.calazo.se/produkt-kategori/ ... r-150-000/

You'll need I reckon at least - Kebnekaise, Abisko och Riksgränsen then Nikkaluokta, Ritsem och Vakkotavare and Saltoluokta – Kvikkjokk

Or since their Lands site has put their maps up for free what I have also done is gone to Lantmateriet.se
https://kso.etjanster.lantmateriet.se/?lang=en

Here you can export your own map to PDF. In the Dropdown box on the top, select "Fjallkarten" and it will display the area for you, then you select your preference for portrait/landscape in the left hand side, select the area with the box, and click Create Printout. When it's done you download your PDF. You'll have to do this a number of times to print the whole route. Careful of your zoom range, 10km doesn't show up well, but 5km and lower looks better.

If you use iphone, this is free and you can download sections for offline use.
https://itunes.apple.com/se/app/swedish ... ?l=en&mt=8

I use android and Oruxmaps, and while it can download WMTS maps, I can't work out how to get the Lantmateriet source correctly yet. So I've got my maps from openandromaps. Haven't compared the contours (SRTM3 20m) against the Lantmateriet yet either.
https://www.openandromaps.org/en/downloads/europe.

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Wed 06 Jun, 2018 7:25 pm
by bigkev
Thanks guys, you've given me a few leads that I'll chase up. I'm thinking I'll try and buy the Calazo maps online as it would make it easier to have them while I'm planning the walk. :D

I'll put a post up when I get them, re the cost and delivery.

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Thu 07 Jun, 2018 9:01 pm
by keithy
bigkev - Also I should add, if you have a Garmin GPS, there is this Swedish guy Örnsätrarn who has already taken the Lantmäteriets open data and created offline maps for Garmin/Android in kmz format:

His blog is https://www.utsidan.se/blogs/ornsatrarn/index.htm (in swedish).
And his maps are here:
http://www.bengt.nolang.se/kartor/

I've only downloaded his Oruxmaps maps version so far. Being Lantmateriets sourced info, it is exactly as the printed maps.

The Garmin ones he has done are kmz tiled custom maps and depending on how old your Garmin GPS is, he has done some smaller tiled versions, or larger versions if you have a newer GPS that can handle more tiles. He has put an index up cleverly in an excel spreadsheet for the smaller tiled ones.

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Fri 08 Jun, 2018 4:27 pm
by Lizzy
Don’t know if this is useful but Suz posted this in another topic “no, stayed on the kungsleden from aktse down to kvikkjokk, decided not to brave sarek on my own. get the sark bd10 map off ebay delivered to you here in oz for about $25 and it will help you plan :) oh, and try to make time to walk from Aktse up Skierfe to look over the rapadalen valley - choose a day with good weather if you can.”
viewtopic.php?f=32&t=22565&p=300556&hilit=Kungsleden#p300556

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Sun 10 Jun, 2018 9:22 pm
by bigkev
Thanks again guys. The lookout over the Rapadalen Valley looks amazing, I hope I get some good weather on that day :D

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Tue 07 Aug, 2018 7:16 pm
by bigkev
If anyone's is interested I managed to get the Calazo maps sent to Australia by a German company https://www.mapfox.de

Around 1 week delivery time which I thought was pretty good.

Now I've just got to hope that there aren't too many fires up there next year. Bugger me, it's one thing watching out for fires in the Aussie bush in the drier months, but I was thinking that I should of been sweet in near the Arctic Circle.....interesting times! :evil:

Thanks again for all the help.

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Tue 11 Jun, 2019 6:15 pm
by bushwalker zane
I bought my maps directly from Calazo. I sent an email via the website contact page, they replied swiftly, sent me an invoice (via PayPal... I don't have PayPal, but it was also payable with my credit card!) The postage was 70SEK (around $11) and they arrived in a week!

These maps are beautiful!

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Thu 13 Jun, 2019 7:49 pm
by bigkev
Hi Zane, Cicerone have just released a guide book for it too. https://www.cicerone.co.uk I've got the book and it's way better than the Claes Grundsten book I think.

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Fri 14 Jun, 2019 1:51 pm
by bushwalker zane
bigkev wrote:Hi Zane, Cicerone have just released a guide book for it too. https://www.cicerone.co.uk I've got the book and it's way better than the Claes Grundsten book I think.


Oh great! I would have thought they would do one, but I hadn't looked :lol:

I got the Plan and Go book, which is okay. It has the basic info for what to expect, so it sorted me out with all my questions.

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Sun 16 Feb, 2020 10:24 pm
by Birdman
I hiked the entire Kungsleden northbound (Hemavan to Abisko) in 2015 using the Claes Grundsten book, compass and a GPS. The trail is really easy to follow, so most of the time you don't need anything. But a GPS is always useful. I went cross country a few times in search of a snowy owl.

The Kungsleden was wonderful! Perhaps I was also lucky with the lingering snow that made it more pretty and the fact that it was a lemming year, because I saw so much wildlife including snowy owl and arctic foxes!

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Wed 29 Apr, 2020 3:59 pm
by Mark F
I''m a bit late to this party but while revisiting planning for various trips and a bit of dreaming, the Kungsleden being a major one, I found the Swedish mapping agency has an interactive topo map with printing capabilities. https://kso.etjanster.lantmateriet.se/#

Re: Kungsleden Maps

PostPosted: Wed 29 Apr, 2020 5:26 pm
by bigkev
Hi Guys,

We'll the Kungsleden come and gone so I thought I'd jump back on share some thoughts.

Maps turned out to not really be an issue. You can pick paper maps up in Stockholm and in many spots along the journey. The track is so well marked that unless you are heading off piste a fair way you will probably not need them, I used them more for planning the walk than when I was out on the track. I found the Cicerone Guide good for planning food, ferries and Fellstation stops.

I walked south to north and was a little concerned about organising the ferries without having a phone with a local sim. It turned out too not really be an issue as the boats were all still running on a timetable even when I went through in early September, there were also enough other walkers around that someone would always have a phone that worked to call ahead.

I've written up a report on my blog - with my dodgy GPS maps. If anyone wants a bit of Iso reading then click on the link and page forward from there :D https://goinferalonedayatatime.blogspot ... leden.html