“Fjäll” means “Arctic” and “Räven” means “Fox” in Swedish, so Fjällräven is the beautiful “Arctic Fox” you see in their logo. “Kånken” simply means “to carry”! In Sweden, an experienced walker or adventurer who traverses the great Scandinavian outdoors is known as “a true Arctic fox”.
Originally conceived in the 1970s as a bag for Swedish school children the Kånken has an iconic everyday backpack for people all around the world. The Kanken is instantly recognisable with its distinctive red and white circular patch and loop handles.
It all started with the Classic 16 litre size, which is perfect for school or college books or the host of objects required for everyday life. Then came the 7 litre Kånken Mini for those times when you don't need to carry bulky books or folders. More recent additions to the Kanken range include special Kanken Laptop versions with padded pockets for laptop computers as well as a range of Kanken Essentials to match your backpack.
And if you decide to treat yourself to one of these timeless classics, check out our tips on how to care for your Kanken to keep it going for as long as possible.