Hiking to Trollsjön is a perfect day hike if you travel along the E10 west of Kiruna. This hike is an easy hike that windles upwards passing by beautiful meadows to a valley - Kärkevagge - with large rocks. Continuing you finally reaches the Trollsjön or Rissájávri as it is called in Sami. It is a perfect hike for kids from about 5 years old.
Starting/Finishing point: 25 kilometres west of the little village Abisko along the E10
Distance: 12 kilometres there and back
Length of time: 5-8 hours
Ascent/Descent: +/- 400 metres
Water along the way: Yes, in Trollsjön
Shoes to choose: Trail running shoes or hiking boots
How to get to Trollsjön?
If you travel from Kiruna to Lofoten you will pass by the start of this lovely hike after about 1,5 hours along E10. Passing by Abisko you have another 25 kilometres to Låktajokk. If you arrive in Vassijaure you have driven to far.
There is no large parking here but small free parkings on both sides of the road. Arriving from Kiruna and Abisko the hike starts on the left hand side of the road. It is just a small path but you will surely find it. There are two signs there "Trollsjön" and "Kärkevagge".
If it is a sunny day you will see several cars parked along the way.
The hike to Trollsjön
The first part of the hike is through birch trees up to Låktajåkko, a train station. You cross the railroad and then the path continues on the back of the station house.
Continue straight forward. The trail is more a less a ascent all the way up to Trollsjön and then a descent on the way back. There is plenty of water along the way.
"After a rather steep ascent you are rewarded
with lovely views of the lake Torneträsk..."
After a rather steep ascent you are rewarded with lovely views of the lake Torneträsk and the mountains on the other side of the lake.
From now on you are in a fairytale. Large rocks are spread all over the valley of Kärkevagge, a result of the inland ice.
After a final steeper ascent you reach Trollsjön. Even if you arrive in the middle of July or August there might still be blocks of ice on the lake. Ready for a swim?
Walking back you have a nice descent all the way back to the road E10 with lovely views of the
lake of Torneträsk in front of you.
Where to stay?
There is simple lodging in Abisko, the village, and also at Abisko turiststation. If you go here in summer time pre-booking is necessary since Abisko turiststation is the starting point for a 5-days rather famous hiking trail to Kebnekajse, the highest mountain in Sweden.
Abisko turiststation offers from 2-bedrooms to apartments. The restaurant serves great local food in the evening. We tried lunch one day and unfortunately it was not good at all, but it might have been just bad luck.
You can also freecamp by the lake or along the way. Read more about freecamping in Sweden here.
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