With my Kånken on the pier in Ystad

In the last post, one of the pics in the gallery featured a Kånken Mini backpack. I have seen plenty of toddlers in Nordic airports wearing those and they are adorable! But if you are over the age of five, a full-size Kånken will probably suit you better.

There is just the right amount of room for your maps, jumper, umbrella, water bottle and the essentials like phone and purse. And the sit mat that comes in the back pocket is also very handy for those impromptu fika stops or hard/damp benches on your travels.

I have had my charcoal one for three years and it seems to get better with age as it gets a little scuffed and ‘used’ looking. It is the perfect little backpack for city holidays, and especially good for blending in with the hipsters on visits to Scandinavian cities. They are also an absolute must for any student or exchange student in Sweden. I have never seen such a high concentration of Kånken users as I did in Uppsala!

There are a few places to buy them in the UK (I have seen them in my local Blacks and in some ‘hip’ clothing stores), but the best bet, especially if you want a specific colour, will be to  order online.*



I was lucky to get mine on sale in Germany and I have seen them for £35 in Blacks’ sale, so it is worth looking out for bargains if you don’t have to have one right now. 

*I have not used these websites myself, just found the ones with the best Kånken range. However, I have been to the Nordic Outdoor shop in Keswick and it was great so I hope their customer service via the web is as good as that instore.

Do you have a Kånken? What do you like about them? Where did you buy yours?

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