KUNGSLEDEN Where: Sweden Length: 270 miles Located in the extreme north of Sweden, Kungsleden (The King's Trail) bisects one of Western Europe's largest remaining wilderness areas. Kungsleden serves up an Arctic dreamscape of glaciers, tundra, and birch forests, as well as 6,909-foot Mount Kebnekaise—Sweden's highest peak. The long-distance route naturally divides into four one-week segments, making it accessible for even those with limited time. Visit Fodor's Sweden Guide
The term Viking (from Old Norse víkingr) is customarily used to refer to the Norse (Scandinavian) explorers, warriors, merchants, and pirates who raided, traded, explored and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands from the late 8th to the mid-11th century.
Map of Viking expansion The German-speaking peoples, made up of many tribes, originally populated that part of Europe enclosed by the rivers Rhine, Danube, and Vistula. During and after the decline and collapse of the Roman Empire (c. AD200 - 600) they spread out in several directions, occupying areas as far south as northern Italy. (Saga of the Norsemen: Viking and German Myth; Loren Auerbach & Jacqueline Simpson; London 1997, pg 9)