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The Adventure Journals

Life on the Trail: Trekking the Kungsladen

The Kungsladen, or ‘Kings Trail’ when translated is a momentous 440 kilometre trek that cuts through huge swathes of Sweden’s jaw-dropping wilderness.

It dives through national parks, skirts the highest mountains in the country and traverses some of the least frequently visited regions in Scandinavia.

When Theo and Bee approached us with a plan to make a documentary celebrating the trail and encouraging people to get out and give it a go themselves we jumped at the chance to support them in their audacious adventure. The full-length documentary can be watched below, and it is also available as a series of webisodes available via their Youtube Channel.

Tell us a little about who you guys are and a brief history of the ‘VDubVanLife’ Project

We’re Theo & Bee: van travellers and outdoor adventurers, documenting our lives every step of the way. Setting off in June 14’ in a VWT4 campervan we’ve covered more than 35,000 miles and 23 countries.

What and Where is the Kungsleden Trail?

The Kungsleden is a 440km trail through the heart of arctic Sweden, beginning in the north at Absiko and ending in the small town of Hemavan.

Why were you attracted to this route?

It’s situated within the last largest remaining wilderness in Europe - we had to see it all.

What is the aim of the webisode series?

We hope to inspire others to load their backpacks and embark upon their own adventure along the Kungsleden.

What was life on the trail like?

Each day presented new possibilities, vast valleys and powerful rivers, meeting many fellow hikers, drinking from streams, and watching the northern lights.

What was the most jaw-dropping sight you experienced?

A short detour off the trail to Skierfe rewards you with epic views of Rapadalen, the most jaw-dropping sight we experienced.

Tell us something that you found completely unexpected about the experience of long distance thru-hiking?

Within a few weeks our bodies were already shaped by the trail, we’d power on up rocky ascents without breaking a sweat.

How did it feel to complete your objective?

Crossing the line into Hemavan after 30 days awakened such an astounding sense of achievement - we’d seen the entire trail and filmed every step along the way.

What is the most memorable thing, looking back that you’ll take from the experience?

The amount of untouched wilderness still left to explore within Europe was eye-opening - we only touched upon a small part of it.

Film and Images by

Bee Roper & Theo Gove-Humphries

Theo is a professional filmmaker/photographer and Bee is an animal conservationist. Theo and Bee left their busy life in the city behind for a more nomadic existence; exploring Europe and living full time in a campervan.

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