As May turns into June, then June into July, I am anxious about when we will hear who won the contest to hike in the Fjällräven Classic. The hike starts on August 8, 2014.
To bide my time, I investigate on-line, what this hike is all about. The Fjällräven Classic is a 110-km hike. The first one was held in 2005. Fjällräven (an outdoor equipment and clothing company headquartered in Sweden) created the hike to help everyday people know how fun and easily-accessible it was to get outdoors.
The route begins in Nikkaluokta and ends at the Abisko Tourist Station in Abisko. The trail is along the famous Kungsleden (The King’s Trail). Which I find out, is one of the most popular hiking trails in Europe. The route begins 250 km above the Artic Circle. We will need to be prepared for any type of weather (sun, wind, sleet, rain, snow).
The hike takes place in August, so we will be able to experience a little bit of “midnight sun”. Because we will be so far north, the sun will “set” after 10PM and “rise” at 4AM.
The great thing about the Fjällräven Classic is that all of this adventure is a little more accessible to the average or first-time hiker–by offering organized logistics (bus rides to the starting trailhead in Nikkaluokta), checkpoints (safety), food supply (packages of freeze-dried food and fuel canisters) and support (medical) along the way.
I am getting more excited about winning. I still feel lucky.