Explore the Finnish winter wilderness on two wheels
Want to try fat biking? Why not join this small group adventure cycling through the Oulanka National Park in Finland. Fat biking is mountain biking cranked to the max. The chunky, extra grip tyres make it possible to ride through snow in a way not possible before.
Enjoy the Finnish taiga, primordial forests, frozen lakes, and all the snow covered horizons you could ask for.
- A chance to see the Northern Lights
- Experience fat biking through remote Finnish wilderness
During the trip, you and your group will stay in remote wilderness cabins that have traditional Finnish saunas and fantastic authentic cuisine. Start off with wilderness skills training and an intro to fat biking. Then head out and explore the Russian border, cycle to a high viewpoint for unbelievable views of Lake Paanjarvi, take in the park’s visitors centre, and enjoy a rest day filled with optional activities of your choice.
The nature tracks for this ride are prepared in advance by snowmobiles. If there is heavy snowfall, riding can be a challenge. You’ll want to have a moderate level of fitness and skill to fully enjoy this adventure.Join this ultimate winter biking adventure.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- Cycle through the remote Finnish Wilderness
- Cross snow-laden forests and fells
- Chance to see the Northern Lights
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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.
In the morning we are provided with our bikes for a week spent in arctic conditions. We spend the day not far from the Logging Lodge, firstly with an introduction to fat biking and wilderness skills 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 getting easing back into the swing of things. Lunch today is taken back at the Logging Lodge. We aim to have a few hours practice in both the morning and afternoon.
In the morning we will be given a drysack (max. 6kg) to pack up all the equipment, clothes and essentials we might need for the next two nights. The drysacks will then be taken on to the Russian End cabin via snowmobile meaning we only need to carry the items for that days' ride. Once packed we get on the bikes and ride east following the River Oulanka, there are some small ascents and fun descents. After our break we have a short ride to the Russia border, we follow this all the way to our cabin which is situated on the River Oulanka. 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 Paanajärvi 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, we ride through the biggest destructed area by elks in Europe. We then stop at the 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 today including unguided snowshoeing or dogsledding. 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).
Today we set off into the wilderness for our longest day of the trip. We head north along the Oulanka River venturing further into the National Park. Our route starts by crossing Oulanka River before heading into the thick woodland of the Oulanka National Park, there are some undulations on this route and a few short sections which need to be pushed up, though the descents make this effort well worthwhile! We explore the habitat of the Golden Eagle and Wolverine, 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 dinner and time for a final sauna.
Our trip ends at the Logging Lodge. Lunch is included for clients booked on the group flights for departures from Dec. 24th to Feb. 11th (included) due to a later inbound flight time.
- Rental of fat bikes
- Return flight from either Gatwick or Heathrow to Kuusamo, airport transfers (for group flight only)
- Local tour leaders throughout
Trip Duration8 days
Start LocationBasecamp Oulanka
End LocationLogging Lodge
Average Group Sizemin 6, max 16
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners are included.
This Trip is Suitable For
Fat biking is a fast growing sport. They are essentially mountain bikes fitted with 4-inch wide tyres that are inflated to a much lower pressure than normal tyres. The difference from a standard mountain bike is that a fat bike provides unrivalled grip and stability on the snowy terrain, perfect for the keen cyclist or mountain biker who wants to try something new.
Fat bikes make it easier to ride in or over the snow, but that doesn’t necessarily make it effortless. You might stay more upright, but you still really need to muscle your way through snowdrifts. You’re definitely going to get a workout.
If you are a keen rider and you can’t stand the thought of putting your bike away for winter, this may just be the right trip for you!
On this trip you’ll ride for 3 -6 hours per day on tracks made by a snowmobile with the occasional opportunity of riding off track. Although riding distances on some of the days don’t seem that great please bear in mind that you will be cycling at a much lower speed than standard mountain bikes.
This adventure can also be booked with UK return flights by the operator – to get prices, dates and availability for the flight option please complete an enquiry form today and mention your flight interest in the message section. Thanks!
Dates & Availability
- 24 Mar 2019 – 31 Mar 2019
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