If you are planning a trip to this region it is good to have your map before you travel here. A good website to buy your detailed maps of Sweden and the Fjällen area is:http://www.lantmateriet.se/
I bought all my maps here. Not only for the Fjällen, but also for other regions and trips in Sweden. The maps cost 99,50 SEK (excl. shipping). The scale is 1:100.000
You can get an overview of all the "Fjäll" maps they sell here: Maps of the Swedish Fjällen. (alternatively: choose English language, top left side, then in the menu NATIONAL MAP SERIES, Fjällkartan, Fjällkartan 1:100.000 - folded).
To make it more easy for myself I copied and laminated parts of the map at home. Because they are laminated, it makes them less vulnerable for rain/bad weather. For each 2 / 3 days hike I made one laminated map. This is a smaller area, so I no need to fold out the original map (clumsy in rain and windy conditions). All fits on 1 A4 laminated sheet --> very handy :-)
Luggage and bags:
If you planning hiking, do not carry too heavy bags, you will do a lot of climbing and it is nice to feel light, you usually do not need to carry too much water with you and you can refill on the way
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good shoes is a must, even in the summer you will need a good jacket as it getting very cold at night, it has happened that our toothpaste was just about freezing in the morning.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In the local stores and gas station you can buy mosquitoes repellent etc. You will surely need it in the summer and just for the information, the mosquitoes here are twice the size of mosquitoes which are for instance in the southern Europe region
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Good sleeping bags; we always go to camp on the higher mountains The mosquitoes do not like the cold and then you can sleep better at night and get back to the valleys & rivers in the daytime.
Miscellaneous: Don't forget the beer
Planning a multi-day hiking trip, calls for good planning. Not only about the route and where to stay, but also with what to bring. Think that everything you pack is more kilos on your back. And hiking long distances, the weight will count!
One tactic I heard to keep the packing list under control, is 'only' to bring things you can use in three different ways. Hahaha, rather drastic I think, but it gives a good line of way to think. Make sure you really 'need' the things you bring. But maybe add a thing or two that feel like absolute 'luxury' :-))
One of the most important things is probably your shoes. Your feet are your mode of transportation. You need these to hike. If anything goes wrong with those you are in deep trouble! Good shoes are a must, and maybe even more important: shoes you are used to! New shoes will cause blisters for sure.
I will add some more detailed packing tips on my Abisko National Park page.
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