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Ljungdalsfjällen Ljungdalsfjällen Susan Liljedahl

Helagsfjället med den kända glaciären är Sveriges högsta fjäll söder om
polcirkeln. Från bilparkeringen vid Kläppen är det 12 km. Vid fjällets fot
ligger Helags fjällstation där du kan övernatta under säsong

Turen kan du börja vid Kläppen eller Torkilstötens skidlift. Det är bilväg fram till bägge platserna och avståndet är 12 km oavsett varifrån du börjar.
Från Kläppen går leden genom Kesudalen efter Kesusjöns södra strand. Därefter är det ett par kilometers uppförslut innan du kommer upp på fjället. När du är uppe har du en hänförande utsikt över fjällen. Leden mot Helags stiger sen svagt uppför fram till fjällstationen.
Börjar du turen från Torkilstöten så har du stigningen från början. När du har kommit upp för skidliften så är du uppe på fjället.

 

HELAGS – A GEM AMONG THE SWEDISH MOUNTAINS

Hiking in the Swedish mountains has the ability to quieten the soul, it’s like stepping into another world and finding an inner harmony. Every cell in the body simultaneously calms down, yet awakens at the same time. Helags mountain range is no different yet offers an added bonus; this region of the Swedish mountains offers the chance to see Sweden’s only arctic predator – the Arctic Fox.

Leaving the parking lot, a light breeze rustles the leaves of the birch trees and carries the faint scent of the seasonal flowers in their bloom. Summer arrives late in these mountainous regions of Sweden and the pathways up the mountain are framed with a bouquet of various plants, some even suitable for medicinal treatments.

The surrounding forests shields us from whatever direction the wind blows and after a short walk we arrive at a sandy beach near a lake called Kesusjön. From this vantage point we get the first glimpses of the frozen giant ahead of us, the gem among Swedish mountains; Helags. The enormous expanse with the characteristic horse shoe, blue coloured glacier. The glacier is the southernmost glacier in Sweden, but in the last 65 years has shrunk by a third in its size. It still remains imposing as ever as it looms like a postcard in front of us.

 

SUMMITING THE HELAGS MOUNTAIN

The summit of Helags provides the essence of what the whole area and the Swedish mountains is about. It’s easy enough to climb, yet provides enough of a challenge that makes the view from the top so worth it. The summit proudly towers over the smaller surrounding peaks, deceptively easier to reach despite its height or profile. Leaving the base at 1000 meters above sea level, the climb around the top of 1,796 metres takes around 4 hours over rocky terrain, while never being too steep. So there is no need for proper climbing gear.

National Geographic has placed the Swedish mountain Helags on its list of the 10 Best Artic Touring Peaks, stating the diversity of its nature and culture as the key attraction. The area has been used by the Sami and as traditional reindeer grazing for eons and the chance of bumping into a reindeer on a hike or while skiing in these terrains is almost guaranteed. It makes for picturesque photography, catching the silhouette of a mother and her calf against the stark blue skyline. Be mindful not to disturb them, after all you are visiting in their mountain territory.

 

THE BEST OF THE SWEDISH MOUNTAIN HELAGS

  1. Arctic Touring on the southernmost glacier in the Swedish mountains.
  2. Arctic Fox Safari to the wild animals secret den.
  3. Three course dinner and breakfast buffet at the mountain station.
  4. A tour around the Helags Mountain.
  5. Luxurious wood fired sauna at the mountain station.
  6. Stocking up in the boutique at the mountain station.
  7. The cosiest accommodation at the “Östan” cabin.

DISTANCE

Kläppen – Helags 12 km (2,5-3 hours if you walk on without taking a break).

ELEVATION GAIN

Kläppen – Helags: 250 m
The Helags Summit: 796 m

START

Kläppen, Ljungdalen. Water for refreshments available, changing room and ablutions.

GETTING HERE

By car – parking at Kläppen.
Flights to Åre/Östersund or Sveg or travel by train to Östersund or Åsarna via Inlandsbanan – travel onwards via coach to Ljungdalen, taxi or hike seven kilometers from Ljungdalen to Kläppen.

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