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21 - Serve to Tärnasjö

Kungsleden

The trail between these two cabins is fairly up and down but not very steep, and so its more a hill walk than a climb. The scenery is beautiful through this reasonably short section of the trail.

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21 - Serve to Tärnasjö

The trail between these two cabins is fairly up and down but not very steep, and so it's more a hill walk than a climb. The scenery is beautiful through this reasonably short section of the trail.

Trail Information

Distance: 14km

Difficulty: Medium

Transport: None

Resupply: STF Serve typically has a small shop, however during my hike, that had been stopped for unexplained reasons, suggesting you wait till Tarnasjo or Aigert depending on your direction.

Accommodation & Shopping

STF Serve Fjällstuga

STF Serve Fjällstuga
STF Serve Fjällstuga

Well situated in a forest, the cabins are reasonably spread out. Short walk downhill to a large stream for bathing or water (check the signs for the correct routes), drop toilets, an STF shop, and the normal STF accommodation options make this quite an attractive location. (NOTE: The shop was not in service during my hike, so check ahead if its a key resupply plan)

The Experience

Day 24 - 11th:

When I was taking a break at Serve, I met an English guy and his French son. Who communicated in English with French responses. They were hiking long days, hoping to make the full trail in 19 days. This was their first big hike, and they had made some mistakes on food and were hoping to resupply, but this store was closed.

The host was out, and so I missed my second patch of the trip. From Serve, it is mostly beech forest for a short while before you get above the tree line and its tall grass and rocks. The hike is fairly up and down on this section but more of a hill walk than climbing. The scenery is stunning, with snowy mountains and grassy hills with beautiful lakes.

Reindeer on snow
Reindeer on snow

About an hour out of Serve, I saw another herd of Reindeer, perhaps 20-30 of them, camped out on the small patch of snow on the opposite side of the valley, dashing from one side of it to the other. I found a big rock to settle on and had lunch watching their exploits.

Mountains
Mountains

There were a surprisingly high number of people I passed, perhaps 15-20, which is a lot compared to previous trail sections. The spot I'd intended to camp on, right by the lake, was already settled, and so I found a spot on a high hill with a great view of the mountains. There is a strange frustration when you've found a spot on the map you'd planned to stay at, only to find someone else is already there, and you have to move on. Perhaps isolation reduces your tolerance for others.

Camping
Camping

At this point, I was 90% done with Kungsleden, only two and a half days of hiking remained, though the following day would be a long one, it breaks the back of the rest of the trail, and by all accounts, the section along the water's edge is an easy one.

Approx: 17.5km

Total: 375.5 (90%)


Day 25 - 12th:

Another early start at 8:45, and I was almost immediately down into the forest. The trail was good, and I was at the spacious Tärnasjö cabins by 10 am.