Norrland is one of three major regions in Sweden. Norrland encompasses two-thirds of the country's surface and about one-sixth of its population. Most of the major national parks in Sweden are located in the Northern parts of Norrland. The region is characterized by forests, mountains, rivers, mines, a harsh winter climate, long distances, left-wing attitudes, as well as university towns with young populations.
As in other parts of Sweden, everyone speaks a very decent English, as well as Swedish. Due to the proximity of the border, some people also speak Finnish. In the northern parts of Norrland, many people also speak Sami, a native language of the reindeer herders.
Connex  runs daily trains between Göteborg and Narvik, Norway with several stops, including Stockholm, Uppsala and many along Norrland. Sleeper accommodation is available. Reservations are required to use the Eurail Pass. Price for the full trip was around 450SEK on a simple seat as of 2006, and the journey took more than 24h. Stockholm - Abisko (for starting Kungsleden) was about 17h.
The city of Kiruna can be accessed by plane and is located close to the Kungsleden trail.