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Fat Biking In Finland

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  • Explore the Finnish winter wilderness on two wheels
The Fat biking in Finland tour starts and ends in Basecamp Oulanka. The Fat biking in Finland is a Bicycle Tour that takes 8 days taking you through Basecamp Oulanka, Finland and other destinations in Finland.

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. You’ll be out on the incredible Finnish tundra, 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 isn’t enough, you’ll stay in remote wilderness cabins with traditional saunas and authentic cusine to keep you cosy when the daylight fades, and if you’re lucky, the chance to watch the dance of the Northern Lights. This is the ultimate winter biking adventure, a truly unique experience!
Day 1 Start Logging Lodge by Basecamp Oulanka

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.

Day 2 Wilderness skills session and an introduction to fat biking on snow.

In the morning we are provided with all of the equipment needed for a week spent in arctic conditions, before joining the tracks and heading into the heart of the taiga forest. We stop for lunch in the wilderness prepared by our guide on an open fire. This beautiful area is home to ancient forests bursting with fragrant pines, spruces and larches lining the trails ahead of us. After cycling through the crisp snow we head back to our lodge where we can enjoy a well deserved sauna. And for the brave a roll in the snow. 

Day 3 Cycle over frozen rivers and along the Russian border to a remote wilderness lodge.

In the morning we will be given a large drysack 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 Oulankajoki River, there are some small ascents and fun descents before we stop by a fire pit for a lesson on how to make a camp fire in the wilderness and a mid-morning snack and coffee break. After our break we have a short ride to the border zone with Russia, we follow this all the way to our cabin which is situated on the Oulankajoki River. 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. 

Day 4 Fat bike exploration along the Russian border; climb to a viewpoint for spectacular views over Lake Paanajärvi.

After breakfast we have a loop ride south following the River Oulanka and the Russian/Finnish borer line to the beautiful viewpoint which overlooks Lake Paanajärvi on the Russian side, a wonderful spot from which to admire the pristine untouched 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. 

Day 5 Ride across a vast pine trees forest back to the Logging Lodge.

Today we pack up our kit for the return journey to the Logging Lodge then head out on the bikes following the same route as day three in reverse. We pass a reindeer herders farm where we will stop and look for the Reindeer which wander freely in the area before stopping off at the fire pit for a coffee, hot chocolate and snack break. Once back at the Logging Lodge there is a free afternoon for relaxing in the sauna or heading out on a self-guided ride. 

Day 6 Free day optional activities from the basecamp.

Free day to enjoy a variety of optional activities on offer today including unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, dogsledding or snowmobile safaris.

Day 7 Cycle across frozen lakes and through the Oulanka N.P. to the visitor centre.

Today is the longest day of the trip as we head north along the Oulanka River towards the visitor centre. Our route starts by crossing a small frozen lake 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! At the end of the ride we have lunch at the visitor centre and have time to see the exhibition about the national park as well as ride the short distance to the Karhunkierros rapids. Then we ride back to the Logging Lodge for dinner and time for a final sauna.

Day 8 End Logging Lodge

Our trip ends at the Logging Lodge.

what’s included
  • Rental of fat bikes
  • Return flight from either Gatwick or Heathrow to Kuusamo
  • Airport
  • Transfers (for group flight only)
  • Local tour leaders throughout
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Logging Lodge By Basecamp Oulanka and from Logging Lodge are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Fat biking in Finland tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 6 people
Age Requirement 16+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Logging Lodge By Basecamp Oulanka/Logging Lodge
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customer reviews
4.6 - Excellent Based on 10 reviews
Wilderness Adventure on a fat bike.
5 - Excellent
“If you're considering doing this trip - do it! I loved every moment, the scenery was stunning, my trip companions were lovely, the biking was awesome, the food superb, the organisation top notch and the accommodation was perfect. Anymore superlatives?! We had perfect weather - cold, dry and sunny with clear skies which definitely helped to make this such a wonderful week.”
Fun, Scenery, Saunas and Northern Lights too
5 - Excellent
“the most fun I have had in the snow with my clothes on. Accommodation was great, the log cabin at the Russian end was amazing. Having to cut a hole in the frozen river to get water for the sauna - and what a great sauna that was - all added to the experience. Fatbiking in the snow was a new skill set, never fully mastered, and I lost count of the times I put my foot down for safety only to sink into two foot of snow. Henry was a great tour guide and was definitley part of the holiday. A great group of people having a great time. And the Northern Lights are amazing”
Beautiful sunny and snowy wilderness scenes but no northern lights
5 - Excellent
“Fat biking was a great way to see the beautiful winter scenery.”
Fat Biking Finland
5 - Excellent
“A great trip into the wilderness with an inspirational guide, tough cycling at times but lots of fun.”
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 198 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 17 December 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Fat biking in Finland tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Fat biking in Finland tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Fat biking in Finland tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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