Emelie Forsberg achieved yet another record. After establishing new speed marks in Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc in late June, she now possesses also the Fastest Known Time (FKT) in the Kungsleden Trail, in the Swedish Lapland. Emelie Forsberg completed the 450km trail in 4 days and 21 hours, beating the current FKT, held since 2017 by norwegian ultrarunner Sondre Almdahl, who completed the trail in 6 days, 2h 51’.

 

When she arrived, Emelie stated: “I can hardly believe I have done it! When I started planning this route, I looked at the distance, the hut system and the plan we made, and I thought it was possible, but that it would be a big challenge for me. To actually achieve it, it’s a dream come true. I had some really bad moments, but it wouldn’t be a challenge if you didn’t have those, because it makes you learn and appreciate what you’ve done. Now I feel very tired, but extremely happy

The Kungsleden (King’s Trail) is a 450km hiking trail in the Swedish Lapland that hikers usually cross in no less than 15 days. The spectacularity and the wilderness of the aspects make it for a very popular hiking destination in summer and for cross country in winter. It starts in Abisko in the north and finishes in Hemavan in the South in a rather flat terrain: the highest point is the Tjäktja Pass at 1.150m and the lowest at Kvikkjokk (330m). However, the trail is challenging not only for the distance and the terrain, but also around the logistics as, the trail also involves crossing some of the rivers that crosses the Vindelfjällen Nature Reserve, one of the largest protected areas in Europe. For those water parts, there are sometimes scheduled ferries, and some other parts, the runners have to row themselves, and therefore the timings have to adjust to the boat schedules as well.

 

The challenge for Emelie Forsberg started on the midnight of July 3rd in the northern part of the trail, in Abisko. The first stage was the longest, running 116km through the midnight sun until reaching Saltoluokta, the hut were Emelie worked when she was 19 and where her love for the mountains started.

From there, the Swedish athlete ran the 70km of the second stage until Kvikkjokk. Despite the amount of kilometers, Emelie’s legs were feeling fresh and so was her mood. The third stage was probably the wildest, running through a wild and not concurred track of 96km. I was running alone today, and it’s so nice the state I got into, just one step at the time, a good pace and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. I am so lucky”, explained Forsberg.

 

On the fourth stage, Emelie started in Jäkkvik feeling very tired. Little by little she started to feel better and managed to finish in high spirit the 97km of this stage. The end was hard, but the end was near.

Finally, on Saturday July 7th Emelie ran the last stage of the Kungsleden. Despite having sore legs, the motivation was high to achieve the challenge, and Emelie completed the stage, and therefore, the trail. Stopping the watch: 4 days and 21 hours.

 

The challenge will be part of a Salomon Running TV episode, launching in early 2019.

MOVESCOUNT TRACKS

 

Day1 : 110 km, 2408 m.  2 boat crossing 15.31 hours

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move228259671

Day 2:  66 km on running but with boats 74 km km , 9.14 hours 1600 meters, 2 boat crossings

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move228259694

 

Day 3: 91 km 2 boat crossings  12.4 hours 2169 meters

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move228259759

 

Day4 : 96,5 km  2240 15.14 hours 1 boat

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move228259838

 

Day5: 81,5 km 2700 meters 13.50 hours

http://www.movescount.com/moves/move228259871

 

Some data about Emelie’s Kungsleden…

 

450 kilometers

11.117 meters elevation

4 days and 21 hours

4 crew (2 cameras, 2 logistics)

25 cheese sandwiches

2 cakes

1 blister

1 sunburnt

Many nice meetings with hikers

all pictures by Philip Reiter

Emelie

Emelie

Swedish mountain lover. Loves running and skiing, farming and baking! ❤

  • walter bulkens

    Congratulations on your achievement, the Kungsleden in 5 days. Not only the distances you do on a days run are great, also the difficulty of the terrain is a factor not to be underestimated. I meet your team the day that you arrived in Jakkvikk. I was also there that night, hiking on the kungsleden, South to North. I have really enjoyed the hike. My goal was 20 days. Started on 30 June 14:00 hours, ready 11:30 on 16 July. I have hiked 1 day not because it was too hot. Technically, so in less than 16 days.
    greatings W. Bulkens (55 so a bit older)

  • I have been in the northern part of this region in Sweden and just fell in love with it all. Great accomplishment and looking for to the video! Such inspiration!