Take on the wilderness in an entirely new way on this new fat biking trip. This is mountain biking turned up to the max chunky, extra grip tyres allow you to ride your bike through the snow like never before. Youll be out on the incredible Finnish taiga, cycling through primordial forests, along frozen lakes and towards spectacular snow-covered horizons. Pre-prepared tracks in the snow allow you to ride with relative ease, whilst seeing the best of arctic Finland from the saddle. As if that isnt enough, youll stay in remote wilderness cabins with traditional saunas and authentic cuisine to keep you cosy when the daylight fades, and if youre lucky, the chance to watch the dance of the Northern Lights. This is the ultimate winter biking adventure, a truly unique experience!
- Cycle through the remote Finnish Wilderness
- Cross snow-laden forests and fells
- Chance to see the Northern Lights
Start at Basecamp Oulanka for the first briefing and to visit the kit room to collect all the clothing needed for a week of fat biking in arctic conditions. Depending on the arrival time we may have dinner here or later when we arrive at the Logging Lodge in Oulanka National Park.
Our first day is spent acquainting ourselves with fat biking. Before starting we get an introduction from the leader about what to expect fat biking in the wilderness. We spend the day not far from the Logging Lodge, either practising on circuits cut for us in the forest or in a larger clearing on the edge of the forest. In summer this is used as a gravel pit, and whilst that may not sound hugely appealing, a healthy dose of snow in winter turns it into a wide open area with a few ups and downs, perfect for perfecting snow riding skills. Lunch today is taken back at the Logging Lodge. We aim to have a few hours of practice in both the morning and afternoon. In the evening we are given dry sacks to fill with the belongings well need for the next coupleof nights spent at the Russian Border. These are then packed onto the trailer and taken by snowmobile in the morning to our destination.
Once packed we get on the bikes and ride east following the RiverOulanka, there are some small ascents and fun descents. After our break we have a short ride to the Russiaborder, we follow this all the way to our cabin which is situated on the RiverOulanka. Once at the Russian End cabin, we will have a hot lunch and some free time to enjoy the sauna, go for a walk to the river or head out on a self-guided ride.
After breakfast, we have a loop ride south following the River Oulanka and the Russian/Finnish border to the beautiful viewpoint which overlooks Lake Paanajrvi on the Russian side, a wonderful spot from which to admire the natural surroundings. Our ride back takes us through forest inhabited by Elk so there is a high chance of seeing one. In the evening we can relax in the traditional Finnish sauna and head out to the frozen river for an amazing view of the night sky.
Today we pack up our kit for the return journey to the Logging Lodge, weride through the biggest destructed area by elks in Europe. We then stop atthe reindeer roundup before rejoining the same route as day three in reverse. Once back at the Logging Lodge we have lunch followed by a free afternoon for relaxing in the sauna or heading out on a self-guided ride.
Free day to enjoy a variety of optional activities on offer including unguided snowshoeing in the surrounding area. An introduction to snowshoeing is required if you wish to do this today to explain how to use the equipment (if you do night snowshoeing earlier on in the week that will be your introduction to snowshoeing).Alternatively, we can transfer to Basecamp Oulanka and pick from a number of activities (listed further down the trip notes). From Basecamp a day trip to Ruka can be organised if you wish to try your hand at snowmobiling or downhill skiing.
Today we set off into the wilderness for our longest day of the trip. Our route starts by heading north on forest tracks following a trail beneath the Juhtivaara fell. There are some undulations on this route and a few short sections which you may need to push the bike up, though the descents make this effort well worthwhile! We explore the habitat of the Wolverine and Golden Eagle; if we are lucky we might even spot one. We have lunch along the way on the trail. Then we ride back to the Logging Lodge for an outdoor dinner and time for a final sauna.
Our trip ends at the Logging Lodge.
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