Kungsleden


The Kungsleden, or in English translation - the kings path, is the point where Kathi and Shahar's ways cross.
Shahar is looking for a far place to be alone with nature. Kungsleden in Lapland (Sweden) is chosen (according to an advice of Andreas whom he met in Norway around the Galdopiggen). 17 hours in a train from Stockholm are needed to accomplish this distance. Shahar starts the path on July 12 2001.
Kathi wants to enjoy a piece of nature alone after participating in a botanical excursion for a week with a big group. She starts on July 14th and walks a very long distance on the first day. She also walks during mid-night due to weather problems.
On July 16th, Kathi manages to pass Shahar. Only a minor 'Hej' is exchanged between the two. Kathi keeps on with her fast walking and disappears behind the horizon.
They meet a second time next to an ice cold stream. This time Shahar starts a conversation. A discussion is opened: The border between the biological meaning of life and artificial intelligence.
The midnight sun serves as a perfect background for a beginning of a love story.
Kathi and Shahar spend a night in an emergency hut. They start the hike again at 4:30am in the following morning, but soon they separate.
Shahar climbs the Kebnekaise with the help of a navigation map. He gets stuck next to the top in a snow storm and spends the night in an emergency hut with broken windows and no heating.
Kathi continues with the path, and spends the night in a hut.
Kathi arrives to Kebnekaise hotel and takes a bed in a dormitory.
Shahar, with damaged knees, reaches the hotel in his last forces, and takes the last available bed in the last available room. The bed is the top one of a double bed complex. He begs the people in the reception for a location change, and a miracle delivers a different bed in a different room.
The bed is the lower one. Kathi smiles from the upper bed.

2 days later, with almost no sleep, Kathi and Shahar leave the Kungsleden together with a helicopter.

Gate to Kungsleden

A train from Kiruna brings to Abisko, and a short walk from there leads to this bridge.
It is the first hanged bridge across the Abiskojaure river along which the first day's path goes.
Once crossing this bridge, one enter a new overwhelming land.

Gate to Kungsleden

The Abiskojaure disembogues into a lake with a beautiful calm delta which is a birds natural reservation. When following the river upstream, it gets wild. The first few kilometers are in low altitude and escorted by birch trees.

The Abiskojaure river

The Abiskojaure river

Typical path in the Kungsleden

Still the altitude is low, but already less trees. More low plants decorate the path.
Already in the first day you leave the birch forest and small willow bushes take over. Suddenly the view widens.

Typical path in the Kungsleden

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Sides of the path

Sides of the path

Abiskojaure lake

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Abiskojaure lake

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A bridge across the river

A bridge across the river

The path to Paradise

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The path to Paradise

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Higher altitude path

Higher altitude path

The night place of Kathi

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The night place of Kathi

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First hut

First hut

Kathi cuts wood for heating

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Kathi cuts wood for heating

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Wood is prepared for the oven

Wood is prepared for the oven

Drying clothes in the emergency hut

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Drying clothes in the emergency hut

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Bathroom

Bathroom

A view from the window in Shahar's hut

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A view from the window in Shahar's hut

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Sources of Alesjaure lake

Sources of Alesjaure lake

Midnight darkness

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Midnight darkness

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Kathi's first picture of Shahar

Kathi's first picture of Shahar

The point of the first talk

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The point of the first talk

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The pass

The pass

Shahar takes Kathi's picture with the webcam

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Shahar takes Kathi's picture with the webcam

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First picture together

First picture together

Second picture together

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Second picture together

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After the pass

After the pass

Separation point

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Separation point

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Mountains on the sides

Mountains on the sides

Small lakes on the way

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Small lakes on the way

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The Kebnekaise is seen on the left

The Kebnekaise is seen on the left

On the Kebnekaise

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On the Kebnekaise

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Kathi's hut

Kathi's hut

Wood storage hut

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Wood storage hut

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Something is cooking

Something is cooking

One of the thousand bridges

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One of the thousand bridges

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14 km left to Kebnekaise station

14 km left to Kebnekaise station

Other people tenting

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Other people tenting

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A step on moss

A step on moss

Wind shield

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Wind shield

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Helicopter taxi arrives to take us

Helicopter taxi arrives to take us

Kathi approaches the helicopter

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Kathi approaches the helicopter

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